The Sea by John Banville

The Sea

byJohn Banville

Kobo ebook | December 18, 2007

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In this luminous new novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory, John Banville introduces us to Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child to cope with the recent loss of his wife. It is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time. What Max comes to understand about the past, and about its indelible effects on him, is at the center of this elegiac, gorgeously written novel — among the finest we have had from this masterful writer.

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Title:The SeaFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:December 18, 2007Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:030742930X

ISBN - 13:9780307429308

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Literary Equivalent of Fine Wine Loved, loved this book. It gives you so much food for thought. The poetry of Banville's words stayed with me long after I finished this novel. This book is about grieving, meditations on life, philosophy & how memory continues to haunt you through life. This is a thoughtful, literary novel that needs to be savoured slowly like a fine wine to fully absorb it. And although there is a lot to ponder, there is a also humour & a revealing ending that surprises. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2017-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love and loss This is the first novel by John Banville I've read and had really high hopes for this book. From its winning of the Man Booker Prize in 2005 and Banville being acclaimed as the heir to one of my favourite novelists of all-time, Vladimir Nabokov, I knew I had to read this book. The Sea is not a long novel, but it certainly is a deep one, filled with thick, dense, poetic prose and the wit that can be expected with anyone billed as a "Nabokovian" writer. While I could see some people being a bit turned off from the plot by accusing it of being dry, I really wanted to know how the storyline -- told through the journal of protagonist, Max Morden -- unfolded. Definitely some beautiful, insightful moments here on love, the breakdown of memory with age, childhood, and emotional loss. While somewhat of a dark and depressing novel, a good, relatively short, summer read in my opinion.
Date published: 2010-06-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Yawn Given the accolades this book has received, I had high hopes for it but I was disappointed. The characters were sketchy, the setting dull and the story line entirely predicatable.
Date published: 2007-01-10