Customer Review

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Memoir, December 16, 2005
Verified Purchase(What's this?)
This review is from: The Sea (Man Booker Prize) (Hardcover)
The book represents a wonderful expression of contemporary literary genius. The reader is first struck by the writing style which is a nearly flawless and smooth finely honed construction. The sentences have the beauty of Joyce with the simplicity of Coetzee. Banville's uncanny ability to combine them into expressive portraitures is even more impressive than his ability to construct such wonderful language. The construction of the book is as though it were one memoir.

The protagonist relives his life through Banville's book. Yet the manner in which the highly stream of consciousness style is presented makes this fact unobvious. The rapid temporal and character shifts tend to take the reader by surprise. Once the reader becomes accustomed though and once the reader starts to gain familiarity with the characters, the style then underscores Banville's poignant retrospective.

All the way from childhood through adulthood and to a nursing home the protagonist takes us through the journey of his life. He shows us his sorrows, deep and painful, and he shows us his joys. He reveals the patterns of his life, and also the patterns of his impending death. And he does this with extraordinary finesse and aplomb.

Banville has created a fine literary classic. This book shall not be forgotten. This book is distinctly, refreshingly and brilliantly unique. It shall live on as a contemporary classic that is nonetheless, timeless.
Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 
Was this review helpful to you? Yes No

Be the first person to comment on this review.

[Add comment]
Post a comment
To insert a product link use the format: [[ASIN:ASIN product-title]] (What's this?)
Amazon will display this name with all your submissions, including reviews and discussion posts. (Learn more)
Name:
Badge:
This badge will be assigned to you and will appear along with your name.
There was an error. Please try again.
Please see the full guidelines here.

Official Comment

As a representative of this product you can post one Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
The following name and badge will be shown with this comment:
 (edit name)
After clicking the Post button you will be asked to create your public name, which will be shown with all your contributions.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.  Learn more
Otherwise, you can still post a regular comment on this review.

Is this your product?

If you are the author, artist, manufacturer or an official representative of this product, you can post an Official Comment on this review. It will appear immediately below the review wherever it is displayed.   Learn more
 
System timed out

We were unable to verify whether you represent the product. Please try again later, or retry now. Otherwise you can post a regular comment.

Since you previously posted an Official Comment, this comment will appear in the comment section below. You also have the option to edit your Official Comment.   Learn more
The maximum number of Official Comments have been posted. This comment will appear in the comment section below.   Learn more
Prompts for sign-in
 


Review Details

Item

3.6 out of 5 stars (203 customer reviews)
5 star:
 (82)
4 star:
 (35)
3 star:
 (33)
2 star:
 (27)
1 star:
 (26)
 
 
 
Used & New from: $0.01
Add to wishlist
Reviewer

Jon Linden
(VINE VOICE)    (REAL NAME)   

Location: Warren, N.J. United States

Top Reviewer Ranking: 5,786