As readers we are primed to believe everything the narrator tells us. Consider whether the first-person narrator in John Banville’s The Book of Evidence is reliable. Can we believe his story?
Banville’s The Book of Evidence has been compared to Fyodor Dostoevski’s Prestupleniye i nakazaniye (1866; Crime and Punishment, 1886). Compare Freddie Montgomery to Raskolnikov in their mental anguish, moral dilemma, and descent into madness following their crimes.
How does self-doubt enter into the minds of narrator-protagonists Freddie Montgomery in The Book of Evidence and Max Morden in The Sea?
Banville’s first-person narrators have difficulty recollecting past events with precision. Discuss the idea of remembering versus creating.
What, if any, are the similarities between Max Morden, the protagonist of The Sea, and Freddie Montgomery, the protagonist of The Book of Evidence?
To what effect does Banville use literary and philosophical allusions?