John Banville novel plots the need to poeticize memory

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File photo of Booker prize winning author John Banville posing in New YorkNEW YORK (Reuters) – Booker-prize-winning author John Banville explores the nature of memory or, as he would prefer to call it, imagination in his latest book. In an interview the Irish novelist said he intends for "Ancient Light" to stand alone, but those who have read his previous novels will recognize the character of Alex Cleave from "Eclipse" and "Shroud," which explored other facets of his life. This time out, Cleve, now a washed-up actor in his sixties, relives the affair he had with a friend's mother at age 15 in their small Irish town. …