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John Banville war bis zum Oktober 2005 nur einem kleinen Publikum bekannt. Seine kunstvollen Romane auf einem atemberaubenden sprachlichen Niveau hatten die Massen bis dato eher nicht interessiert. Erst als er 2005 für seinen Roman "The Sea" den Booker-Prize erhielt, stürmte Banville in die Bestseller-Listen. In seinem unter dem Pseudonym Benjamin Black veröffentlichtem Roman "Christine Falls" begibt sich der irische Autor nun erstmals in die Niederungen der Belletristik. Das hätte er mal lieber nicht getan.

Der Krimi spielt im Dublin der fünfziger Jahre. Der Pathologe Quirke überrascht seinen Schwiegerbruder Malachy Griffin, einen angesehen Arzt, wie er die Akte der jungen Toten Christine Falls fälscht. Quirke forscht nach und stößt in ein Wespennest, in dessen Zentrum die katholische Organisation "Knights of St. Patrick" steht. Doch erst eine Reise nach Amerika enthüllt das Ausmaß von deren Machenschaften.

Hauptproblem des Krimis ist, dass er einfach nicht spannend ist. Bereits nach den ersten Kapiteln weiß der Leser, wo der Hase langläuft und wird bis zum Ende auch nicht weiter überrascht. Das verwundert nicht, da Banvilles Stärke schon immer in der Zeichnung seiner Charaktere lag, aus dessen Genauigkeit und Präzision sich die Spannung seiner Romane ergab. Dies ist auch der Grund, warum "Christine Falls" noch drei Sterne verdient. Quirke, der verwitwete Trinker, der die Gesellschaft von Toten den Lebenden vorzieht, fasziniert durchaus: "It sometimes seemed to him that he favoured dead bodies over living ones. Yet, he harboured a sort of admiration for cadavers, these wax-skinned, soft, suddenly ceased machines [...] He suspected, too, that he was becoming more and more like them. He would stare at his hands and they would seem to have the same texture as, inert, malleable, porous, as the corpses that he worked on, as if something of their substance were seeping into him by slow but steady degrees" (63f.). Die Szenen, in denen Quirkes Vergangenheit beleuchtet wird, gehören zu den wenigen Stärken des Romans.

Man merkt ganz deutlich, dass sich der Autor auf fremden Terrain bewegt. Banville versucht allein durch die Charaktere Spannung zu erzeugen. Dies gelingt ihm in seinen vorhergehenden Romanen vorzüglich. Doch bei einem Krimi ist das zu wenig. Wer lesen will, was Banville wirklich drauf hat, dem sei "The Sea" empfohlen.
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TOP 500 REZENSENTam 29. Februar 2008
If you are not already a fan of John Banville but like suspense stories, you will probably grade this book as a two. Why? The "mystery" is heavily contrived by holding back details that the main characters know from the beginning. That method of story telling is a John Banville specialty that makes his "serious" novels smack you with epiphanies after you are lulled into complacency by "predictable" seeming plots and his lovely prose into assuming that more is well than is.

Having a narrator who is usually drunk makes for interesting fiction, if the complication doesn't drive you away from the story. Clearly, that's a "serious" book ploy.

Quirke is a pathologist. Malachy (Mal) Griffin is an OB/GYN. They work in the same hospital. In the rest of their lives, they are rivals for the approval of Mal's father, Judge Griffin, and were rivals for the love of Quirke's life, Sarah, who married Mal. The two are brothers-in-law due to Quirke having married Sarah's sister, Delia.

Into that conflicted background, Quirke staggers down towards his office after overindulging at a staff party and finds Mal sitting at his desk writing in a patient record. The patient's name? Christine Falls. Her young body lies on a near-by gurney that Quirke accidentally undrapes.

Soon, Quirke doesn't even remember the incident until he is reminded. But he cannot get the image off his mind and starts to probe into what happened to her. Strong forces strike back to limit his progress.

If you stick it out, you'll be rewarded by appreciating some remarkable causes and effects that trace back over several decades . . . and make you realize that everything we do counts. A good analogy for this story is the effect of dropping a huge stone into a small pond -- the ripples will radiate out to the bank and back creating considerable turbulence for some time.

The book is skeptical about the sanctity of the Catholic establishment in Dublin and in Boston. Some may be offended by the turns that the story takes in that direction.
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TOP 500 REZENSENTam 29. Februar 2008
If you are not already a fan of John Banville but like suspense stories, you will probably grade this book as a two. Why? The "mystery" is heavily contrived by holding back details that the main characters know from the beginning. That method of story telling is a John Banville specialty that makes his "serious" novels smack you with epiphanies after you are lulled into complacency by "predictable" seeming plots and his lovely prose into assuming that more is well than is.

Having a narrator who is usually drunk makes for interesting fiction, if the complication doesn't drive you away from the story. Clearly, that's a "serious" book ploy.

Quirke is a pathologist. Malachy (Mal) Griffin is an OB/GYN. They work in the same hospital. In the rest of their lives, they are rivals for the approval of Mal's father, Judge Griffin, and were rivals for the love of Quirke's life, Sarah, who married Mal. The two are brothers-in-law due to Quirke having married Sarah's sister, Delia.

Into that conflicted background, Quirke staggers down towards his office after overindulging at a staff party and finds Mal sitting at his desk writing in a patient record. The patient's name? Christine Falls. Her young body lies on a near-by gurney that Quirke accidentally undrapes.

Soon, Quirke doesn't even remember the incident until he is reminded. But he cannot get the image off his mind and starts to probe into what happened to her. Strong forces strike back to limit his progress.

If you stick it out, you'll be rewarded by appreciating some remarkable causes and effects that trace back over several decades . . . and make you realize that everything we do counts. A good analogy for this story is the effect of dropping a huge stone into a small pond -- the ripples will radiate out to the bank and back creating considerable turbulence for some time.

The book is skeptical about the sanctity of the Catholic establishment in Dublin and in Boston. Some may be offended by the turns that the story takes in that direction.
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TOP 500 REZENSENTam 29. Februar 2008
If you are not already a fan of John Banville but like suspense stories, you will probably grade this book as a two. Why? The "mystery" is heavily contrived by holding back details that the main characters know from the beginning. That method of story telling is a John Banville specialty that makes his "serious" novels smack you with epiphanies after you are lulled into complacency by "predictable" seeming plots and his lovely prose into assuming that more is well than is.

Having a narrator who is usually drunk makes for interesting fiction, if the complication doesn't drive you away from the story. Clearly, that's a "serious" book ploy.

Quirke is a pathologist. Malachy (Mal) Griffin is an OB/GYN. They work in the same hospital. In the rest of their lives, they are rivals for the approval of Mal's father, Judge Griffin, and were rivals for the love of Quirke's life, Sarah, who married Mal. The two are brothers-in-law due to Quirke having married Sarah's sister, Delia.

Into that conflicted background, Quirke staggers down towards his office after overindulging at a staff party and finds Mal sitting at his desk writing in a patient record. The patient's name? Christine Falls. Her young body lies on a near-by gurney that Quirke accidentally undrapes.

Soon, Quirke doesn't even remember the incident until he is reminded. But he cannot get the image off his mind and starts to probe into what happened to her. Strong forces strike back to limit his progress.

If you stick it out, you'll be rewarded by appreciating some remarkable causes and effects that trace back over several decades . . . and make you realize that everything we do counts. A good analogy for this story is the effect of dropping a huge stone into a small pond -- the ripples will radiate out to the bank and back creating considerable turbulence for some time.

The book is skeptical about the sanctity of the Catholic establishment in Dublin and in Boston. Some may be offended by the turns that the story takes in that direction.
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am 31. August 2015
Ob Banville sich für seine Kriminalromane ein Pseudonym zulegen mußte, darüber könnte man streiten und auch darüber, ob Benjamin Black besonders überzeugend ist. Anstelle von Barney Boyle hätte man gern den dahinter verborgenen Brendan Behan, den genialischen Trunkenbold: I'm a drinker with a writing problem. Schön jedenfalls, ihn noch einmal unter den Lebenden zu treffen.
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am 17. April 2007
Mein Vorschreiber hat ja schon viel über Autor und Werk mitgeteilt. "Christine Falls", selten doofer Name für ein tolles Buch, ich weiß.

Christine fällt nämlich gar nicht, sondern alle anderen - dolle viel Sünder unterwegs in Dublin und Boston. Dennoch möchte ich in einem widersprechen oder ergänzen: Seltsamer Schreibstil, für das leichte Gramseln sorgt der Leser zur Abwechslung mal selbst.

Für den Gartenkrimileser ist das nix, klar. Trotzdem: Empfehlenswert.
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