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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.
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 29 days 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 1 month 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 1 month 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 1 month ago by Samuel Hall
It is not an easy read... The author makes you use the dictionary a lot. But once you get the rhythm of the narrative, it is very enjoyable.Published 2 months ago by IVONNE M BALLI
This book captivated me with its beautiful, poetic language and descriptions. I really wanted to love it, but in the end language alone wasn't enough to save it when there's no... Read morePublished 2 months ago by AvisE
Banville is a good line-by-line novelist, but this i one of the worst novels I've ever read. It is full of characters, including the first-person narrator, and all of them are... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Ld8t@virginia.edu
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 4 months 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 4 months ago by Lili