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The Infinities

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Novelist John Banville talks about latest book, The Infinities. It tells the story of a family that gathers together as the patriarch is dying. But the family is not alone—they’re joined by some mischievous immortals: Zeus, Pan, and Hermes.

Event: John Banville will be reading with Colum McCann
Wednesday, February 24, at 8:00 pm
The Poetry Center at the 92nd Street Y
1395 Lexington Avenue, at 92nd Street

Guests:

John Banville
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Comments [4]

Maggie Mudd from Westport, CT

This interview is exactly why I listen to WNYC.
What a pleasure to hear this exchange with John Banville! I agree with the comments previously posted-my children know all about the Greek Gods but certainly I did not grow up learning about them. My 14 year old son gave me a book so I could catch up. I loved Banville's remarks about the Irish, especially his remark about how Irish writers come to English from the outside, and therefore feel at liberty to play with the language. He is a masterful story teller and I place my trust in what he says.

Feb. 25 2010 08:32 AM
Jo from Connecticut

Just thought I'd mention that my children (now 17 and 20) have learned about Greek myths and others at several levels, in elementary school (accelerated learning program) and in high school (Ancient Lit class and a Shapers of the Western World class). So the subject is still being taught and enjoyed some places, at least. (I'm in lower Fairfield County, CT.)

Feb. 24 2010 01:14 PM
Susana MacLean from Westfield, NJ

You're wrong about Greek mythology being unknown among children!!!! Rick Riordan's series of children's chapter books, about a 12 year old boy, Percy Jackson, is reviving interest in Greek mythology!!! Percy is the son of Poseidon and a mortal woman. The movie of the first book, The Lightening Thief, just came out in theaters a week ago. Riordan has also published a book of Greek myths. I know several children, including my own 10 and 8 year olds, who are devouring Riordan's books and other books about mythology.

Feb. 24 2010 01:14 PM
George O'Connor from Brooklyn

I think Leonard would be surprised to learn just how much today's children do know of the gods-- we're in a bit of a renaissance right now for Greek Mythology for children. Just look at Percy Jackson and the Olympians, among others. This next generation is going to know their gods quite well.

Feb. 24 2010 01:13 PM

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