The Sea

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Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman returns to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child--a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of his life without his recently deceased wife. It is also a return to the place where he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time and his memories of the past.

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jmarrapodi

Aug 22, 2009

Very masculine coming of age story

I hated this book and actually threw it away before finishing it. It's the story of a man dealing with the grief process who returns to the summer vacation spot of his childhood. He went through his adolescence here and the book explores his thinking. As young men are wanton to be, it tended to be very sexualized, and I didn't like that at all. Perhaps that is my view as a woman, perhaps it is as an Evangelical Christian. In any event, I really didn't like it at all. Perhaps a man would have a different experience with the story.

screwdskull

Mar 7, 2008

Enjoyable read

This is such a beautifully written book, that I felt the urge to read it out loud. It is simply poetry in prose form. Banville is as renowned for his prose as for his poetry and in this book there has been a successful conversion of the two.
Each word so carefully chosen and such an economy of phrasing.
The story itself is very touching and definitely left me feeling for the characters I only briefly got to know.

napman45

Apr 3, 2007

A must read

If you are looking to read a beautifully written, challenging, stimulating ffictional story I can not recommend a book more highly. A personal tale with a twist. I would retire and read for the rest of my life if every book was a captivating as The Sea.

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