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read Christine Falls kindle ✓ Ç eyltransferservices Ï ❴Download❵ ➶ Christine Falls: A Novel Author Join or create book clubs – Eyltransferservices.co.uk The hero of Christine Falls uirke is a surly pathologist living in 1950s Dublin One night after having a few drinks at a party he returThe hero of Christine Falls uirke is a surly pathologist living in 1950s Dublin One night after having a few drinks at a party he returns to the morgue to find his brother in law tampering with the records on a young womans corpse The next morning when his hangover has worn off uirke reluctantly begins looking into the womans history He discovers a plot that spans two continents implicates the Catholic Church and may just involve members of his own family He is warned first subtly then with violence to lay off but uirke is a stubborn man The first novel in the uirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of John Banvilles writing to the dark menacing atmosphere of a first class thrille There is a notion that the Benjamin Black books are a sort of holiday for John Banville from serious work which I suspect has been shrewdly put about by the author himself It does though draw a line of demarcation between these and the other novels The idea that Christine Falls is a light hearted romp is put to bed before the bottom of page one There is not a sympathetic living character in the book but all are fully realised and strong enough to hold the attention The perennial victim Phoebe is the most terribly real a symbol character for religiously oppressed womanhood forsaken by a fatherhood that never took responsibility that is itself a wounded thing The end is not satisfactory but only in the sense that a satisfactory end is not possible As a work of art it is perfect Christine Falls is no shrinking violet in the Banville canon It's a 'must read' which I commend wholeheartedly

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The hero of Christine Falls uirke is a surly pathologist living in 1950s Dublin One night after having a few drinks at a party he returns to the morgue to find his brother in law tampering with the records on a young womans corpse The next morning when his hangover has worn off uirke reluctantly begins looking into the womans history He discovers a plot that spans two continents implicates the Catholic Church and may just involve members of his own family He is warned first subtly then with violence to lay off but uirke is a stubborn man The first novel in the uirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of John Banvilles writing to the dark menacing atmosphere of a first class thriller Commenting on the uirk series than on this specific novelThese walk the line between noir genre and literature generally They are set in Dublin in the 50s uirk is wealthy but ireland is not and even the scenes with rich people have a drab and gray feeling Nobody is capable of honest and effective communication People interact but fundamentally don't connect uirk is a medical examiner but he hardly ever has to work or even to show up He has no career ambitions or romantic objectives Despite being a very passive person he is magically attractive to women but his relations with women are marked by an inability to fully connect Feelings are always withheld The past is grim and dark and haunts the present Poor Pheobe is never going to be happy Seems very irish to meuirk is sometimes funny once he buys a car even though he can't drive and humor takes place Hackett is amusing They don't really detect anything they just kind of blunder along and stuff happens uirke and Hackett have a bit of a holmes and watson thing going on Hacket is the exceptional good guy in the series in that he actually accomplishes things But the overall tone is regret the weight of the past and a kind of enervating gloom A Death in Summer takes place in the long irish summer days and involves a hotty frenchwoman but it still always feels like a gray day in OctoberBlack is a very good writer and the Celtic gloom isn't oppressive or depressing There's kind of a kafka esue thing going on where we are invited to laugh at the absurdity of human tragedy Christine Falls is probably the bleakest of the series they get lighter as they go alongI have a feeling he's done with uirk at the end of the last novel things were looking up Pretty sure if there is another one all that will have to change

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Christine Falls A NovelThe hero of Christine Falls uirke is a surly pathologist living in 1950s Dublin One night after having a few drinks at a party he returns to the morgue to find his brother in law tampering with the records on a young womans corpse The next morning when his hangover has worn off uirke reluctantly begins looking into the womans history He discovers a plot that spans two continents implicates the Catholic Church and may just involve members of his own family He is warned first subtly then with violence to lay off but uirke is a stubborn man The first novel in the uirke series brings all the vividness and psychological insight of John Banvilles writing to the dark menacing atmosphere of a first class thriller Dr Garret uirke you won't learn his first name in this book is a hulking presence a man built almost larger than life When interacting with him men and women of normal stature tend to look up and adopt a tilting posture that consists of the backward leaning stance the vigorous straightening of the shoulders and the craning of the neckMore comfortable with the dead than the living uirke is a pathologist in 1950s Dublin affiliated with the Holy Family Hospital His postmortems take place sheltered from daylight in a body room two floors below the pavement of central Dublin uirke enjoys being removed from the city's life and bustle Working alone where it is always night gives him a sense of being part the continuance of ancient practices secret skills or work too dark to be carried on up in the lightAt the end of a night of heavy drinking he returns to his office and stumbles upon his brother in law Mal altering the autopsy records of a woman Christine Falls who like uirke's wife Delia died in childbirth uirke's inherent curiosity and his feelings of ethical responsibility for the dead engage his interestHe begins to ask uestions and the answers as they always do lead to uestions and uirke soon finds himself enmeshed in an investigation that is dangerous and best left alone Someone is tortured Someone is murdered New born babies disappear The only obvious common denominator is the Roman Catholic Church the church hierarchy in Dublin and Irish Catholic Boston and the powerful secretive lay organizations that support Catholic charitiesBlack is the pen name of Booker award winning author John Banville Christine Falls 2006 is his first in a series of four uirke stories It is followed by The Silver Swan 2007 Elegy for April 2010 and A Death in Summer July 2011Like the other uirke crime busters Christine Falls is character driven The story holds our attention but the characters' struggles to find meaning in a shadowy morally ambivalent world is what Black is so good at conveying and what in the end becomes compellingThe uirke stories are infused with a Catholic sensibility; Christine Falls so Like Grahame Green's antiheroes uirke is preoccupied with the issues of evil sin and doubt He shoulders responsibility for the souls of the bodies he cuts up We see Christine Falls only as a corpse She is someone who died for having given birth and uirke on her behalf bears witnessThis is a shadowy tale full of atmosphere that unfolds dreamily in a moody fog shrouded city where interiors are as dark as the weather; where the woodwork is thick with many coats of a bilious yellow stuff glossy and glutinous less like paint than crusted gruelChristine Falls is noir fiction at its best a simple tale told directly that is wrapped in beautifully written images Banville is writing as Black to enjoy himself in a new genre He's created a character bulky in the extreme morose and eponymously uirky in a manner that makes me want to follow him around Dublin as he discovers secrets and uncovers treacheryGive it 45 stars