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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (Aug. 15 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400097029
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400097029
  • Product Dimensions: 20.4 x 13.4 x 1.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #71,977 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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Saw the film at TIFF....lived up to the book...which is saying something...not an easy book to transfer to film...the movie made me want to read it....glad I did...
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THE SEA is an absolutely fantastic book, a tragic but beautiful short novel.Written in a rich but clear language, it takes the reader through a breath-taking journey that climaxes to a satisfying and surprising conclusion.Like all true great books, THE SEA is a novel you enjoy all the more as you read it again and again a couple of times.As gripping as NIGHT, far-reaching as USURPER AND OTHER STORIES,sobering as KITE RUNNER and deaspairingly hopeful as THE UNION MOUJIK, the story of THE SEA will stick in your mind long after you read it.
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By Donald Mitchell #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on July 15 2006
Format: Hardcover
The Sea will either delight or aggravate you. Some may experience both reactions.

The delight will come from finding a surprising word choice or unexpected detail on almost every page, the unusual development of the plot and the rapid shifts between thought, memory, perception, desire, musing and reflection. For some, the fresh descriptions of male sexual awakening will also be sweet.

The aggravation will come from realizing that the story could have been told more directly. You will also feel yourself being manipulated quite often. The word choices could have been more direct. The surprises on each page become almost mechanical after awhile. Deal with the aggravation is my advice. Otherwise, you'll miss the chance to see how often you jump to unwarranted conclusions. Reading this novel is like holding up a mirror to see your mind's perceptions and prejudices.

You won't realize much of the book's power until you're done. If you are like me, you'll immediately want to read it again.

The story takes place while Max Morden recovers emotionally from his wife's untimely death from a wasting illness. Uncharacteristically, Morden avoids family and friends to be quite alone most of the day while staying in a run-down rooming house where he experienced many delights as a youngster. Being there brings up many memories of the Grace family . . . surely a metaphor for inspiration in this lover of Bonnard. You'll find yourself drawn into those long-ago memories as well as Morden's unhappy reaction to his wife's loss. But you'll also know that there's an enigma wrapped in a mystery. Gradually, all will become clear through the mental peregrinations of Morden.

I don't remember stream of consciousness done in sentences in quite as interesting a way as Mr.
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THE SEA is an absolutely fantastic book, a tragic but beautiful short novel.Written in a rich but clear language, it takes the reader through a breath-taking journey that climaxes to a satisfying and surprising conclusion.Like all true great books, THE SEA is a novel you enjoy all the more as you read it again and again a couple of times.As gripping as NIGHT, far-reaching as USURPER AND OTHER STORIES,sobering as KITE RUNNER and deaspairingly hopeful as THE UNION MOUJIK, the story of THE SEA will stick in your mind long after you read it.
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By Ian Gordon Malcomson HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on June 24 2010
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The Irish writer, John Banville, has written a pensive story about a middle-age man, Max Morden, who desperately returns to a favourite childhood spot as a means of finding solace and making sense of his wife's Anna's premature death. Mired in grief, he reaches out to some relationships in his past that will help him make sense of his present loss. Much of the early part of the story focuses on his return to a boarding house on a popular stretch of beach where he once, as a young teen, formed an intimate but strange relationship with two young members of the Grace family who had been holidaying there. Max chums around with them and gradually enters their lives through a brief bu complicated friendship where the Grace twins, Chloe and Myles, try to run his life by manipulating his emotions. While a young Max develops affections for Chloe, she proves flighty, mysterious and elusive as she flaunts her ties with her twin, Myles. As Banville explores this particular setting of Morden's past, other experiences pop up from his often stormy marriage to Anna that only tend to only reinforce his sense of loss and remorse. The reader learns of other memories that show this relationship to be anything but fulfilling. Morden is a prisoner to the tyranny of other people's desires to emotionally control him. A journey into the sojourns of his past, through both his immediate and distant memories, confirm that there are more questions than answers being raised in the process of discovery. As he can no longer control his fading past, he is left to be consumed by the very real existential grief of the present. He has even fallen out with his only daughter, Claire, as she struggles with her own growing sense of despair and uncertainty.Read more ›
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