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The Book of Evidence Summary
John Banville

Everything you need to understand or teach The Book of Evidence by John Banville.

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The Book of Evidence Summary

Plot Summary

The Book of Evidence is the account of Frederick Montgomery, an Irish scientist who has been imprisoned for stealing a painting and the murder of a young housemaid. It outlines his current experiences in jail and looks back on the circumstances that led to his crime.

Montgomery's tale is narcissistic and may hold little resemblance to the truth of his life. He starts as if he is addressing judge and jury at his trial, hoping they will understand his crime, but not asking for forgiveness. He often asks the judge or the jury to consider how they would have felt in his circumstances. There are undertones of psychological abnormality, sexual confusion and callous disregard for the girl Montgomery killed.

Montgomery details an experience on an unnamed Mediterranean Island that leaves him in debt to a violent crime figure and requires him to return to Ireland to find money...

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