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The Book of Evidence de John Banville
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The Book of Evidence (original: 1989; edição: 2001)

de John Banville

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Freddie Montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island. When a debt comes due and his wife and child are held as collateral, he returns to Ireland to secure funds. That pursuit leads to murder. And here is his attempt to present evidence, not of his innocence, but of his life, of the events that lead to the murder he committed because he could. Like a hero out of Nabokov or Camus, Montgomery is a chillingly articulate, self-aware, and amoral being, whose humanity is painfully on display.… (mais)
Membro:BettyPrail
Título:The Book of Evidence
Autores:John Banville
Informação:Vintage (2001), Paperback, 224 pages
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:****
Etiquetas:English, fiction

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The Book of Evidence de John Banville (1989)

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I wanted to read something set in Ireland for St. Patrick's Day and since this book is on the 1001 Books to Read Before You Die list it ticked two boxes. Banville is a wonderful wordsmith but I was disgusted with the main character.

Freddie Montgomery is Irish but he, his wife and their son, Van, have been living abroad for many years. At first Freddie went to pursue graduate studies in California which is where he met his wife (also Irish). They returned to Ireland for a while and Freddie had a job in Dublin but after his father's death he and his wife moved to a Spanish island. It appears Freddie didn't do much besides eat, drink, screw his wife, drink some more, and run up debts. He touched up a friend for a loan and the friend went to a loan shark. Freddie didn't repay the loan (it didn't appear that he really ever intended to) and the loan shark threatened to harm the friend. Freddie still didn't pay so the loan shark cut off the friend's ear and delivered it to Freddie. Freddie promised to pay the money but said he would have to go home so the loan shark allowed him to leave but kept the wife and child. Once Freddie got back to Ireland he realized his mother didn't have the funds that he needed; she had even sold the paintings in the house in order to start up a small horse business. Freddie decided to confront the person who bought the paintings but he no longer had then. Freddie conceived a plan to steal a painting from his house but he was surprised by a maid while taking it. Freddie forced her into the car and then hit her repeatedly with a hammer. The girl was badly injured but not dead when Freddie abandoned the car. He hid out for a few days in the home of an old family friend, managing to take advantage of the man by stealing money and credit cards and drink. Eventually captured by the police this book is Freddie's recounting of his crime which certainly doesn't paint Freddie in a very good light. For most of his life it appears that Freddie felt entitled to anything he wanted, not caring who he hurt along the way.

By the end Freddie rose a little in my estimation since writing out his story seems to have led him to some soul-searching; still he's a piece of work that I won't soon forget. ( )
  gypsysmom | Mar 20, 2021 |
Originally published in 1989, The Book of Evidence by John Banville is about a 38 year-old scientist, Freddie Montgomery who murders a servant girl during the course of a robbery. While awaiting trail, he gives this account of what led him to kill. As he rambles on about his life what comes across most strongly is his own despair and self-pity. His self-justification and lack of empathy for others clearly projects the behavior of a sociopath and as such was rather distasteful to read.

That said, the author did a brilliant job of getting into the self-absorbed Freddie’s head and offering up this dark meditation upon evil and guilt. Freddie recounts the events that led to his downfall, being in debt to a mobster, having to abandon his wife and child to return to Ireland to obtain funds, deciding to steal the painting and then killing the young girl. There are some moments of dark humor and, no surprise, we also find that Freddie can be an unreliable narrator.

The Book of Evidence is a revealing character study that is in turns tragic, ironic, and witty. Freddie’s ambiguity along with the authors strong prose creates an unusual narrative and makes this book quite memorable. I can’t say that I loved this book, but it did hold my interest. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Mar 16, 2021 |
Frederick Montgomory er på anklagebænken, og romanen er hans forsvarstale (eller mere præcist: hans tilståelse / forsvarsskrift, for det er svært at forestille sig, at en dommer skulle lade ham plapre løs på den måde). Det står tidligt klart, at Freddie, som hans venner kalder ham, er skyldig, og da man midt i bogen finder ud af, hvad han egentlig har gjort, er man allerede grundigt træt af ham. Jeg var i hvert fald.

Fortælleren har været på ferie på en ø i Middelhavet med konen Daphne og deres søn. Da pengene er ved at slippe op, overtaler han en tilfældig bekendt til at låne ham nogle flere. Freddie kan selvfølgelig ikke betale dem tilbage, og han bliver hevet ind til en meget ubehagelig bagmand, der truer hans familie. Freddie har ageret, som om han var med i en B-film, og den stil kører han videre. I stedet for at finde en løsning på stedet rejser han hjem til Irland for at skaffe penge til at købe familien fri af kniben.

Tingene udvikler sig hurtigt fra slemt til værre. Han opsøger sin mor på det lille gods, hun har arvet efter faderens død, men der er ikke megen hjælp at hente. Formuen er væk, godset er i forfald, og moderen, der har haft et slagtilfælde i de ti år, hvor Freddie ikke har gidet at ringe eller besøge hende, har måske/måske ikke et forhold til den unge kvinde, der hjælper hende at opdrætte ponyer.

Freddie drager videre til familien Behrens, der har købt familiens malerisamling. Måske håber han på at klemme penge ud af dem, men det kan også være, at han bare gerne vil se datteren Anna, som han har kendt siden barndommen og mødt igen i Californien. Noget godt kommer der i hvert fald ikke ud af det, og da han kaster sig ud i endnu et B-filmsplot i form af et kunstrøveri går tingene helt galt.

Jeg har sjældent mødt en romanfigur, som jeg brød mig mindre om en Freddie. Man kan argumentere for, at han er et eksempel på et medialiseret mennesker, altså en person, der kun kan opfatte sin omverden gennem de billeder og narrativer, som han har samlet op i film og røverhistorier, men det er at gøre for meget stads ud af ham. Freddie Montgomory er bare blottet for empati, og selvom han gør alle de mennesker – og særligt alle de kvinder – han møder fortræd, så synes han først og fremmest, at det er synd for ham selv.

”Der hvilede en sløv søndagsstemning over bygningen, og der lugtede som på en kostskole. Jeg må tilstå, at jeg havde regnet med, at hele stationen ville stå på den anden ende for at tage imod mig, at kontorister og sekretærer og betjente i skjorteærmer og seler ville myldre frem i dørene for at se mig, men der var næsten ikke en sjæl, og de få, der kom forbi, gad knap se på mig, og jeg kunne ikke undgå at føle mig en smule fortørnet.” (s. 180)

Mens jeg læste romanen, fik jeg en uimodståelig trang til at råbe, at hovedpersonen skulle klappe i og tage sig sammen. En bog skal være ret godt konstrueret for at irritere mig så meget, men på den anden side læser jeg jo ikke bøger for at føle lede ved livet og mine medmennesker. Jeg er i hvert fald ret sikker på, at jeg ikke behøver at læse de to næste bøger i trilogien om Freddie. ( )
  Henrik_Madsen | Mar 12, 2021 |
“This is the only way another creature can be known: on the surface, that's where there is depth.”

Freddie Montgomery, the first-person narrator confesses to murder and presents his confession as he sits in jail awaiting trial the readers therefore are the judge and jury. Freddie has spent years drifting. When he seriously gets into debt he leaves his wife and son as hostages and returns home to raise some cash to affect their release. However, it is not a happy homecoming and he shortly afterwards whilst attempting a clumsy art theft he kills a maid during the getaway.

All that said Freddie does not really come across as a particularly depraved man. In fact the reader will empathise with him. He is his own man who loves gin and seedy dives but hates dogs and moustaches. The crime was not inspired by any discernible motive. Rather Freddie is a sort of accidental killer suggesting that anyone can become a monster. Portraying Freddie like this suggests that the author is trying to affect the readers' conventional thinking about crime, criminals and their motives. Rather the murder was the result of an unleashing of a primitive urge. ''I killed her because I could.''

At times I found myself smiling at Freddie at others I wanted to shout at him, yet despite all this and enjoying the author's writing style I cannot in truth say that I found this an overly captivating read, thought provoking maybe thrilling not really. It was OK but little more than that. ( )
  PilgrimJess | Jun 27, 2017 |
Freddie Montgomery was a well educated Irishman who grew up on a small estate in Ireland. There was much potential in him but instead he leads a wastrel’s life of much peregrination, working where he could, and living off his future patrimony. After a misadventure with money, he returns home to look for borrowed money, and finding none, botches with murder an ill conceived theft. The rich, dare I say succulent language, was a feast to the senses. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
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Freddie Montgomery is a highly cultured man, a husband and father living the life of a dissolute exile on a Mediterranean island. When a debt comes due and his wife and child are held as collateral, he returns to Ireland to secure funds. That pursuit leads to murder. And here is his attempt to present evidence, not of his innocence, but of his life, of the events that lead to the murder he committed because he could. Like a hero out of Nabokov or Camus, Montgomery is a chillingly articulate, self-aware, and amoral being, whose humanity is painfully on display.

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