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Authors:Dzon Banvil (Author)
Info:Laguna (2006), Edition: Antologija svetske knjizevnosti
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Tags:1001-books, the-man-booker-prize

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The Sea by John Banville (2005)

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    On Chesil Beach by Ian McEwan (kiwiflowa, Smiler69)
    kiwiflowa: same introspective feel and prose etc
    Smiler69: Both are stories about people dealing with difficult feelings and situations, both beautifully told in gorgeous prose.
  2. 20
    Shroud by John Banville (ghefferon)
  3. 10
    The Sense of an Ending by Julian Barnes (bookmomo)
    bookmomo: Men looking back on their youth, similar issues with memories. Both beautiful reads.
  4. 10
    The Turn of the Screw by Henry James (WSB7)
    WSB7: To me Banville's book deals with similar materials so much more effectively than James.
  5. 21
    Eclipse by John Banville (bergs47)
  6. 22
    Collected Stories by William Trevor (chrisharpe)
  7. 00
    Flaubert's Parrot by Julian Barnes (sek_smith)
  8. 01
    Eustace and Hilda: A Trilogy by L. P. Hartley (chrisharpe)

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Exquisitely written bringing back memories of beach vacations when I was young. The plot is a mysterious blend of three story lines and finishes subtly. ( )
  charlie68 | Feb 26, 2019 |
Banville's Booker-winning work relates the story of a man who revisits the place he spent childhood holidays. Memories come flooding back to him as he grieves the recent loss of his wife. The story's words seem carefully chosen, allowing the reader to savor their use. While he mainly reflects on the past, he interacts a little with the present. It is easy to see why this book earned the Booker Prize. ( )
  thornton37814 | Dec 10, 2018 |
whine, whine, complain, snivel, and then, at the last chapter, GET TO THE POINT!!! ( )
1 vote Rdra1962 | Aug 1, 2018 |
This was a difficult book for me. The language and writing are in many ways beautiful and enthralling, but the simple fact was that I could not find any reason at all to like the main character. The book is very depressing as it flashes back and forth between a man who has just lost his wife to cancer, his time at the end of her life, and his childhood summers spent by the sea and the people he knew then. There is no real build up to the story and while there is a bit of a twist toward the end, it did not have a great impact on me. Basically when I finished the novel, it left me feeling both sad and full of a sense of hopelessness. ( )
  msaucier818 | Apr 9, 2018 |
I'm beginning to conclude that literary prize winners these days are judged on the obscurity and multisyllabic qualities of their vocabulary. This guy knows a lot of words. He can write a beautiful sentence, but then it is followed by many dull paragraphs. I made it through part 1, but part 2 appeared to be exactly the same, and I gave up the plod. When did having an actual story-line go out of fashion, or rather, when is it coming back? ( )
  Siubhan | Feb 28, 2018 |
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"It won last year's Booker prize, so does not exactly need the oxygen of publicity: but this almost airless, deliberately stifled book is one of the more interesting titles that the prize has been conferred upon recently."
"His descriptive passages are dense and almost numbingly gorgeous."
"It confirms Banville's reputation as once of finest prose stylists working in English today and, in the sheer beauty of its achievement, is unlikely to be bettered by any other novel published this year."
added by bookfitz | editThe Independent, John Tague (Sep 3, 2005)
"And Banville's prose is sublime. Several times on every page the reader is arrested by a line or sentence that demands to be read again."
added by bookfitz | editThe Telegraph, Lewis Jones (Jun 5, 2005)

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The narrator is Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who, soon after his wife's death, has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidaysd as a child-a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of his life without her, But it is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled vacationing family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time. The seductive mother; the imperious father; the twins-Chloe, fiery and forthright,m and Myles, silent and expressionless-in whose mysterious connection Max became profoundly entangled, each of them a part of the 'barely bearable raw immediacy" of his childhood memories. Interwoven with this story are Morden's memories of his wife, Anna-of their life together, of her death- and the moments, both significant and mundane, that make up his life now: his relationship with his grown daughter, Claire, desperate to pull him from his grief; amd with the other boarders at the house where he is staying, where the past beats inside him "like a second heart." What Max comes to understand about the past, and about its indelible effects on him, is at the center of the elegiac, vividly dramatic, beautifully written novel-among the finest we have had from this extraordinary writer. 210
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Incandescent prose. Beautifully textured characterisation. Transparent narratives. The adjectives to describe the writing of John Banville are all affirmative, and The Sea is a ringing affirmation of all his best qualities. His publishers are claiming that this novel by the Booker-shortlisted author is his finest yet, and while that claim may have an element of hyperbole, there is no denying that this perfectly balanced book is among the writer’s most accomplished work.

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 master’s 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

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Following the death of his wife, Max Morden retreats to the seaside town of his childhood summers, where his own life becomes inextricably entwined with the members of the vacationing Grace family.

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