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The Sea, the Sea by Iris Murdoch
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The Sea, the Sea (1978)

by Iris Murdoch

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Brilliantly written, Murdoch relates the story of a retired actor who decides to settle in a lonely coastal area. The story is told in the first person and it is a curious thing to be insides one person's head. Is he relating the truth? Or is it reality according to him? Fascinating book! ( )
  Oodles | Feb 16, 2016 |
I absolutely HATED this book. Part of a book club so this was our book of the month but it felt like a month of torture! Nothing happens apart from Charles giving descriptions of his food in detail. grrr ( )
  sashinka | Jan 14, 2016 |
That Iris Murdoch is certainly great at creating a sense of unease and foreboding. A Booker winner that I really enjoyed. ( )
  evilmoose | Dec 13, 2015 |
I didn't want to give up on Charles. When he was at his worst, his most self-aggrandizing, egotistical, arrogant, narcissistic, selfish, delusional, I desperately wanted to see him succeed. This book is rich, worth reading through to the very end. ( )
1 vote sarahuna | Nov 21, 2015 |
Charles Arrowby is a wonderful anti-hero; yes, he's a kidnapper who treats his friends and lovers (bar one) with contempt, but I couldn't help but root for him. The hilariously pompous opening 'memoir' won me over straight away, but the action that followed never quite matched that excellent beginning. Still, a great book for anyone escaping to the country near some cliffs - as long as the reader's a strong swimmer. ( )
  alexrichman | Nov 18, 2015 |
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The book that finally won Iris Murdoch a Booker is at least as ludicrous as it is brilliant...The surprise isn't so much that she failed to scoop the prize three times in a row, but that a jury managed to unite behind one of her books – especially one as variously sublime, ridiculous, difficult, facile, profound and specious as The Sea, the Sea....So there it is, a book that has left me thoroughly divided. It's as flawed as it is wonderful and it took a brave jury to give it the prize. Or, at least, a very forgiving one.
 

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The sea which lies before me as I write glows rather than sparkles in the bland May sunshine.
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Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor, both professionally and personally, and amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years. None of his plans work out, and his memoir evolves into a riveting chronicle of the strange events and unexpected visitors-some real, some spectral-that disrupt his world and shake his oversized ego to its very core.
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Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor, both professionally and personally, and amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years. None of his plans work out, and his memoir evolves into a riveting chronicle of the strange events and unexpected visitors-some real, some spectral-that disrupt his world and shake his oversized ego to its very core.

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Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor both professionally and personally, and to amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years. None of his plans work out, and his memoir evolves into a riveting chronicle of the strange events and unexpected visitors - some real, some spectral - that disrupt his world and shake his oversized ego to its very core.… (more)

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