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The Sea - John Banville
The Sea
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'A masterly study of grief, memory and love recollected' - Professor John Sutherland, Chair of Judges, Man Booker Prize 2005. When art historian Max Morden returns to the seaside village where he once spent a childhood holiday, he is both escaping from a recent loss and confronting a distant... show more
'A masterly study of grief, memory and love recollected' - Professor John Sutherland, Chair of Judges, Man Booker Prize 2005. When art historian Max Morden returns to the seaside village where he once spent a childhood holiday, he is both escaping from a recent loss and confronting a distant trauma. The Grace family had appeared that long-ago summer as if from another world. Mr and Mrs Grace, with their worldly ease and candour, were unlike any adults he had met before. But it was his contemporaries, the Grace twins Myles and Chloe, who most fascinated Max. He grew to know them intricately, even intimately, and what ensued would haunt him for the rest of his years and shape everything that was to follow. 'A novel in which all of his remarkable gifts come together to produce a real work of art, disquieting, beautiful, intelligent, and in the end, surprisingly, offering consolation' - Allan Massie, "Scotsman". 'You can smell and feel and see his world with extraordinary clarity. It is a work of art, and I'll bet it will still be read and admired in seventy-five years' - Rick Gekoski, "The Times". 'Poetry seems to come easily to Banville. There is so much to applaud in this book that it deserves more than one reading' - "Literary Review". 'A brilliant, sensuous, discombobulating novel' - "Spectator".
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780330483292 (0330483293)
Publisher: Picador
Pages no: 264
Edition language: English
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Libromancer's Apprentice
Libromancer's Apprentice rated it
2.5 not sure what i think of it
audio book had a lovely rhythm to it, but it's one of those books that i'm going "i have no idea what this is about" the whole time.
Book Thoughts
Book Thoughts rated it
3.0 Review of The Sea by John Banville
This was a difficult book for me. The language and writing are in many ways beautiful and enthralling, but the simple fact was that I could not find any reason at all to like the main character. The book is very depressing as it flashes back and forth between a man who has just lost his wife to ca...
Adriana Reads
Adriana Reads rated it
3.0 The Sea
I can find no fault with the writing, but the story, while not really long, meandered too much and in the end, did not really have much of a point. I had to take breaks while reading this book, because I kept losing interest.Had the writing itself not been so strong, this would have been a 2 star b...
tuirgin
tuirgin rated it
4.0 The Sea
The Sea is a slim book. The final, single-sentence paragraph closes full stop on page 195. Slim, but not brief. Within its covers is an entire world, a world of one man’s memories of two deaths—one at the beginning of his life and the other in his old age. The book takes the form of a sort of memoir...
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4.0 The Sea by John Banville
bookshelves: tbr-busting-2014, spring-2014, booker-winner, britain-ireland, radio-4x, lit-richer, lifestyles-deathstyles, those-autumn-years Read from March 24, 2013 to April 11, 2014 Description: In this luminous new novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory, John Banville in...
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