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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 story in itself was not at all extraordinary. But I have to say the author is excellent at desrcribing his characters and surrounding. Read morePublished 27 days ago by Amazon Customer
"The sea" made me cry when I finished reading it, is a sad story beautifully related.I loved the descriptions,the relationship between father and daughter,the influence of... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Lili
beautiful writing but not much plot. I didn't like the characters either.Published 2 months ago by Bonnie B. Phemister
I was disappointed in this work. By halfway through I had no idea where we were headed or even where we'd really come from; an odd sense of something sinister about to happen,... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ian
This is one of my favorite Banvilles so far. The emotional connections in this book are powerful, and he is able to do this by observing small details penetratingly, things that a... Read morePublished 3 months ago by K. Douglas Anderson
I read this book when it was first published and liked it very much. Hearing John Banville on the radio recently discussing the book, I decided to reread it and found it even more... Read morePublished 3 months ago by J. Roose
In its essence, this is a novel about an old Irishman, Max Morden, who returns to a seaside town that served as the setting for the halcyon days of his youth in order to confront... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Eustathios
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Found. it a very dark book and slow moving and dreary not a Summer holiday read I