The Untouchable (Vintage International)

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  • Publisher‏:‎ Vintage (February 19, 2009)
  • Publication date‏:‎ February 19, 2009
  • Language‏:‎ English
  • File size‏:‎ 1940 KB
  • Text-to-Speech‏:‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader‏:‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting‏:‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray‏:‎ Not Enabled
  • Word Wise‏:‎ Enabled
  • Print length‏:‎ 312 pages
  • Lending‏:‎ Not Enabled

The Untouchable (Vintage International)

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  1. This is a novel about spies, but it is not a spy novel Rather, it is an incredibly well written fictional biography of one of the Cambridge Five spy ring which passed secrets on to the Communists before and during WWII This is a first person account of the life of lead character, Victor Maskell and unravels at length the years when, in addition to being a somewhat tepid spy, Maskell rose to the heights of British academia until he was revealed and disgraced by the government years later Maskell [...]


  2. This is the first Banville novel I ve read and it won t be the last I was familiar with the subject, the Cambridge spies, and curious about the treatment Banville is masterful in his use of language and character description The nuanced explication of their commitment to Communism is inciteful if subjective Add the painful dimension of alchoholism and the complexities of alternate sexual persuasion in those times and you have a hypnotic tryptich, worth the journey Sheldon Greene is a novelist


  3. A first person narrative is an achievement in itself It does throw a cloud over the landscape of history Not being an expert on the spies of Cambridge, I have to question whether or not it is representative of the actual workings if either the academic or social attitudes I will buy in Fortunately, Banville did not get into the politics very deeply The prose and vocabulary are wonderful The story was somewhat depressing and calls into question the intelligence of the Upper Classes at the time.


  4. There is surely a story here, but I don t believe that John Banville quite found it He seems never to get to the core motivation of his narrator and central character What makes a man betray his country Banville s narrative vaguely suggests that Victor s reasons were political or philosophical, but even within the fictional narrative Banville has created, I think the evidence suggests that the motivation was aesthetic The story tells us that Victor is an art historian and some kind of aesthete, [...]


  5. Be prepared to devote a fair amount of time to this Roman a clef novel of British aristocrats serving as spies for the Soviet Union Banfield s prose is very rich and witty, and the story of demi aristocrats playing at spies on behalf of the Communists is a hoot.


  6. Mr Banville has given us a fictional account of the life of a sociopath based upon Anthony Blunt, spy, mathematician, art historian and a very unsavory character The genius of Banville s work is that by writing in the first person, he brings us into the mind and soul of Victor Maskell and his perceptions of his world in a way truer than a biography could do It allows him and us to speculate as to motives.By writing in the first person, he also assumes the mask and personae of a man who is is mos [...]


  7. Not since Cloud Atlas have I read a book that was as stunningly written The use of language, the insights into people and situations kept the pages turning Unfortunately, the true story wasn t nearly as interesting as the writing And, oh yes, I sure encountered a bunch of words to look up Not one of which has stayed with me.


  8. Exquisitely written, character driven novel based on the life of Anthony Blunt, one of the Cambridge spies who fed info to Russia Written as a memoir near the end of his life, it s a fascinating psychological look at his life as a spy, gay man, and well respected art historian You ll be disappointed if you expect a fast paced espionage thriller with a lot of spy craft But if you enjoy great writing and character driven novels, this for you.


  9. Brilliantly written In addition to the intriguing main story it is packed with very well written observations of the fears, joys and inevtables of human life in general and it s sensibilities and vulnerabilities, not all of which are directly spelled out leaving some lovely subtle and often amusing revelations But not just amusing, knowing these things or very similar have happened to people in real life there is full conectivety to reality and I nearly cried from the sadness from how people can [...]


  10. Victor Maskell, son of an Irish cleric, is agnostic about God, but convinced there s a Devil He s risen to the upper ranks of the British Establishment He s a relative of and on friendly terms with the Queen, and is cataloguing the Royal art collection Previously he was with the Department the secret service But his life is turned upside down when his treacherous past handing secrets to the Soviets is revealed Maskell recaps his life as he writes a last testament while terminally ill It s an ext [...]