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The Sea

By John Banville

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Format: Paperback, 272 pages, Reprints Edition
Published In: United Kingdom, 01 May 2006
'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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Winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize

About the Author

John Banville was born in Wexford, Ireland, in 1945. He is the author of fourteen previous novels including The Sea, which won the 2005 Man Booker Prize. He has received a literary award from the Lannan Foundation. He lives in Dublin.

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"Remarkable. . . . The power and strangeness and piercing beauty of ["The Sea" is] a wonder." -" The Washington Post Book World" "With his fastidious wit and exquisite style, John Banville is the heir to Nabokov. . . . "The Sea" [is] his best novel so far."-"The Sunday Telegraph" ""The Sea "offers an extraordinary meditation on mortality, grief, death, childhood and memory. . . . Undeniably brilliant." -"USA Today" "A gem. . . . [The sea]is a presence on every page, its ceaseless undulations echoing constantly in the cadences of the prose. This novel shouldn't simply be read. It needs to be heard, for its sound is intoxicating. . . . A winning work of art." -"The Philadelphia Inquirer"

EAN: 9780330483292
ISBN: 0330483293
Publisher: Picador
Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 1.7 centimetres (0.08 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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I think the point is that the narrator is not only an unlikeable misogynist, but also unreliable in his retelling. The novel reads as a stream of consciousness, and thus the (mostly tragic) events of the book are very deliberately judgemental. It was a difficult read, yes, but one that I was glad I’d persevered with once it was over. Not a pleasant read, but a worthwhile one, particularly if you enjoy literary fiction.
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I would give this book zero stars if I could. The narrator is unlikeable and misogynist. His descriptions of his adult daughter I found frankly creepy. The prose is horribly overwritten - florid and clumsy, with unbelievably clunky dialogue.

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