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The Sea, The Sea; A Severed Head (Everyman's Library (Cloth))
by Iris Murdoch
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'The sea, the sea' - 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. 'A severed head' - A dark and ferocious comic masterpiece, the story traces the turbulent emotional journey of Martin Lynch-Gibbon, a smug, well-to-do London wine merchant and unfaithful husband, whose life is turned inside out when his wife leaves him for her psychoanalyst.