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Max Morden has reached a crossroads in his life, and is trying hard to deal with several disturbing things. A recent loss is still taking its toll on him, and a trauma in his past is similarly proving hard to deal with. He decides that he will return to a town on the coast at which he spent a memorable holiday when a boy. His memory of that time devolves on the charismatic Grace family, particularly the seductive twins Myles and Chloe. In a very short time, Max found himself drawn into a strange relationship with them, and pursuant events left their mark on him for the rest of his life. But will he be able to exorcise those memories of the past?
The fashion in which John Banville draws the reader into this hypnotic and disturbing world is non pareil, and the very complex relationships between his brilliantly delineated cast of characters are orchestrated with a masters skill. As in such books as Shroud and The Book of Evidence, the author eschews the obvious at all times, and the narrative is delivered with subtlety and understatement. The genuine moments of drama, when they do occur, are commensurately more powerful. --Barry Forshaw --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"The Sea" is a beautifully masterful word portrait of the Irish countryside as a background for a tale of relationships and memories. Read morePublished 18 days ago by Ruth Baldwin
Wonderfully eloquent writing. A story dealing with loss and grief, compelling to the last page. John Banville's use of language and his ability to set a scene is remarkable.Published 3 months ago by Christine Brown
Banville's THE SEA warrants a second reading since Morden's memories jumble and flow, sometimes heart wrenching, heart warming and often humorous!Published 4 months ago by Sonja G. Rasmussen
It was an interesting story but a little too much jumping back and forth between times of his life. His personality was also elusive.Published 5 months ago by Ann Fromell-Theis
The problem here is his style which is the exact opposite of Hemingway, that is, he is extremely verbose although obviously in command of the English language.Published 5 months ago by Marifrances Gamondi
i bought the book since i tend to read all booker shortlisted writers, and i am fond of "the english" in literature. Read morePublished 5 months ago by NGT
Banville drove me to my dictionary many times but that's a plus, in my book. He's not pedantic; he simply has a well-developed acquaintance with the English language. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Samuel Hall