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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.
I never got attached to the characters since the narrator was himself detached from the action. It only got interesting in the last 10 or 15 pages when appearantly something... Read morePublished 1 month ago by ARuben
Like an extended poem, the language is so rich and evocative and perfectly descriptive. It balances memories how they affect ongoing life in a way that is respectful and real, not... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Craftperson
Enjoyable enough read. I've gone back to it several times; but, I have always dropped it to read something else.Published 2 months ago by vetmike92
Surprised I liked this so much. I had to skim a couple of places where I bogged down in detail and needed some action. But what a terrific writer. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Emily C. Harris
Sadly, I lost interest a quarter of the way through, skimmed around a bit more and decided that, to me, the author's views on human nature were too dim for me. Read morePublished 2 months ago by E. Phillips
Banville is a poetic writer and I love his way of capturing words into sentences in this work of fiction. Read morePublished 3 months ago by book worm
I read The Sea on the recommendation of an editor for whom I have enormous respect. I anticipated it would be dark and fatalistic. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Cameron Yow