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The Sea By John Banville The Sea In this luminous new novel about love loss and the unpredictable power of memory John Banville introduces us to Max Morden a middle aged Irishman who has gone back to the seaside town where he spe

  • Title: The Sea
  • Author: John Banville
  • ISBN: 9781400097029
  • Page: 357
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Sea By John Banville In this luminous new novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory, John Banville introduces us to Max Morden, a middle aged Irishman who has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child to cope with the recent loss of his wife It is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well heeled family with whom he experIn this luminous new novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory, John Banville introduces us to Max Morden, a middle aged Irishman who has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child to cope with the recent loss of his wife It is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well heeled family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time What Max comes to understand about the past, and about its indelible effects on him, is at the center of this elegiac, gorgeously written novel among the finest we have had from this masterful writer.
    The Sea By John Banville

    Sea The Sea Apr , Directed by Stephen Brown With Ciarn Hinds, Sinad Cusack, Joe Gallagher, Karen Scully The story of a man who returns to the sea where he spent his childhood summers in search of peace following the death of his wife. The Sea Banville, John Books The sea is a presence on every page, its ceaseless undulations echoing constantly in the cadences of the prose This novel shouldn t simply be read It needs to be heard, for its sound is intoxicating A winning work of art. The Sea by John Banville May , Ah, the sea especially the smell of the sea, a phrase as familiar as the idea that aromas have a visceral power to exhume memories we didn t know we had ever had and lost Smells of all sorts permeate the pages of this book and waft up, creating a synaesthetic connection to people and places in The Sea novel More items Home The Sea The Sea Home About STORE Albums Videos Gallery PRESS NEW ALBUM Contact Home About STORE Albums Videos The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch 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 HAEVN The Sea Audio Only YouTube Jun , Follow HAEVN Track The Sea by HAEVN Lis

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    1. Trisha on said:

      I think there s a big difference between literature and fiction, and this book is a perfect example as is obvious from the number of negative reviews posted on this website Some books can be read purely for their entertainment value We like reading them because the plots and settings and characters capture our interest That s what fiction does But some books provide an additional dimension for readers who are willing to put a little time and thought into what they are reading and who enjoy digg [...]

    2. Cecily on said:

      Ah, the sea especially the smell of the sea, a phrase as familiar as the idea that aromas have a visceral power to exhume memories we didn t know we had ever had and lost.Smells of all sorts permeate the pages of this book and waft up, creating a synaesthetic connection to people and places in Max s life My second hand paper book added a medley of vague aromas of its own Not something to read on Kindle though for me, nothing is.ScentsThis is an intensely sensual book, but not in the usual sense [...]

    3. Dolors on said:

      And I, who timidly hate life, fear death with fascination Livro do desassossego, Fernando Pessoa Perhaps all of life is no than a long preparation for the leaving of it proclaims Max Morten, narrator and main character of The Sea, after his wife Anna passes away victim of a long and enduring illness.Drowning in the grief which comes with the vast and ruthless sea of loss, he decides to seclude himself in the little coastal village where he spent his summers as a boy A flood of unavoidable memor [...]

    4. Lizzy on said:

      Night, and everything so quiet, as if there were no one, not even myself I cannot hear the sea, which on other nights rumbles and growls, now near grating, now afar and faint I do not want to be alone like this Why have you not come back to haunt me Is the least I would have expected of you Why this silence day after day, night after interminable night It is like a fog, this silence of yours.What is John Banville s The Sea all about An infinite weave of contemplative and melancholic feelings of [...]

    5. Robin on said:

      Nude in the Bath and Small Dog, Pierre Bonnard, 1941 46What has this luminous painting of a female bather to do with a book called The Sea , you might ask More than you might think Pierre Bonnard, a French Post Impressionist painter, often painted his wife Marthe He painted this particular piece when she was in her 70 s, and she had died by the time he completed it We can see by virtue of the recognisable images of female form and bathtub, the general gist of the painting But the image goes beyo [...]

    6. Fabian on said:

      I just have to say it it s all semiunremarkable until page 170 or so this book, like many in the modern canon, such as Amsterdam, another Booker winner, is short in that bittersweet sort of way perilously malingering, at 200 pages, between being almost a novel, but not quite a novella the plot ebbs and flows ha through an ocean of profound memories The narrator chronicles, basically, two points in his life which left him devastated His first ever, and his latest, all revolve around the sea, its [...]

    7. Will Byrnes on said:

      This is a Booker Prize winner The language in this short novel is very, very rich, evocative and annoyingly, sent me to the dictionary far too many times for comfort Banville is just showing off, descending into literary affectation perhaps Two time lines interweave as Max, a retired art critic, now living at The Cedars, a grand house of note from his youth, recalls those days when he lived with his family in much modest surroundings and peered longingly into this place Of course, it was not we [...]

    8. Agnieszka on said:

      The past beats inside me like a second heart.Max Morden had met once gods They came in the guise of Grace family Father, noisy lecherous satyr Mother, oozing sensuality indolent goddess, will become his first erotic fascination And twins Chloe, very mature for her age, feisty girl with rather strong personality and Myles, shy and impish boy There was Rose yet, nanny or governess, a sad nymph holding a secret in her heart They rented at the seaside a summer house, called The Cedars And now, half [...]

    9. Vessey on said:

      I wish to thank my wonderful friend Seemita, who is truly an amazing reviewer, for inspiring me to read this book The silence about me was heavy as the sea Silence It is a special kind of language The language of the dead, of those long gone, of the forgotten, the misunderstood, the hurt, the mad and, sometimes, the content What do they tell me What does silence tell me What does it tell Max Morden It tells him a story The story of his life It embraces him, caresses him, whispers to him of every [...]

    10. Jim Fonseca on said:

      A gentleman reflects on his life, especially his youth, after the death of his wife He returns to the formative landscape of his childhood, a modest seaside town and inn in Ireland It is also the site of the formative tragedy of his childhood In effect, we have a coming of age novel as reflected upon in later life Instead of the psychological depth of Danish author Jens Grondahl reflecting on his marriage in Silence in October, we get lush descriptions and beautiful turns of phrase Thoughtful, s [...]

    11. Seemita on said:

      The silence about me was heavy as the sea.Sitting by the sea, I am trying hard to evade the embrace of camphoric memories that hover schemingly, stroked by the amorous waves Often this colossal sapphire vial of solitude, seduced by a flicker of cuprous sky or a kiss of the timorous breeze, changes colour and instead of heaping balms of comfort, loathes me with a vision so sharp that a part of me detaches with a vile force and travels into the dense, supine but thorny gardens of bygone land And t [...]

    12. Darwin8u on said:

      The past beats inside me like a second heart John Banville, The Sea Over the years, I ve collected about 3 or 4 Banville books just bought a slog The first was given to me by a girl I liked in HS, but never got around to reading it or dating her I was finally inspired or moved to read the Sea and a couple other Ireland themed novels because I was going to spend a week with the wife in Ireland and there is nothing better to read about on vacation than sex , death, loss and sand It was beautiful [...]

    13. Kathy on said:

      The Sea really bugged me I ve never read another John Banville novel, so I don t know whether this one is typical of his writing in general, but nothing irritates me these days than a writer who has considerable gifts at his command who writes novels that function as elegant window displays for the considerable gifts at his command The plot of the book, such as it is, finds middle aged Max Morden retiring to a rented house by the sea, near the chalets where he spent his boyhood summers, to mour [...]

    14. Katie on said:

      The narrator of The Sea is an odious man I wasn t sure I ever understood why Banville made him so odious As a child he hits his dog for pleasure he pulls the legs off insects and burns them in oil As an adult, he s a crude misogynist without knowing he s a misogynist, a narcissist and a masochistic misanthrope He makes constant allusions to his acquired humility and wisdom but he comes across throughout the book as largely ignorant and arrogant There s no apotheosis Because Max is presented as a [...]

    15. Yulia on said:

      I actually put this book in the same category as James Frey s Million Little Pieces so bad, it was enjoyable to read But of course this was bad in entirely ambitious, pretentious ways than Frey could ever achieve It s been about two years since I read this, so forgive my lack of specificity, but I ll try to pin down some examples of appalling devices that both rankled and tickled me Balliteration Banville, perhaps due to his over fondness for the first letter of his last name as others have bee [...]

    16. Himanshu on said:

      The Sea All that water, perhaps, that inexorable slow flood, or perhaps, that relentless ambulatory constant, is one that consumes time, like dedimentionizes time, if that s a word, provides a cathartic shoulder, and stands remorselessly tall as if symbolizing an indifferent eternity It cries within like a whimpering child as if it is made purely of emotions, and it roars in insurmountable outrage at the shore which is in a constant tussle to bind it But it also retreats like a capricious child [...]

    17. Saleh MoonWalker on said:

      Onvan The Sea Nevisande John Banville ISBN 1400097029 ISBN13 9781400097029 Dar 195 Safhe Saal e Chap 2005

    18. Jay on said:

      When my wife died suddenly in 1998 from a cerebral aneurysm, one of the things that I did in the wake of her death was to begin to reconnect with people and places that had meaning both for us as a couple and for me alone In many cases, I ended up returning to places from my own childhood and reconnecting with people whom I had not contacted for years Both the process itself and the actual reconnections to past places and friends helped me cope with the loss It also activated memories that I had [...]

    19. Duane on said:

      This review may contain spoilers.Max Morden, recently widowed and father of a grown daughter, has traveled back to the sea, back to the seaside property that was the scene of a tragic event some fifty odd years ago He would remember meeting the Grace family and becoming emotionally attached to the mother, Mrs Grace, and to falling in love with her daughter Chloe.This is my first Banville book and I must say I was pleasantly surprised Not because I didn t think it would be good, but by how good i [...]

    20. Richard Derus on said:

      Rating 3.5 of five The Book Description When Max Morden returns to the coastal town where he spent a holiday in his youth he is both escaping from a recent loss and confronting a distant trauma.The Grace family appear that long ago summer as if from another world Drawn to the Grace twins, Chloe and Myles, Max soon finds himself entangled in their lives, which are as seductive as they are unsettling What ensues will haunt him for the rest of his years and shape everything that is to follow.John B [...]

    21. BlackOxford on said:

      The Depths of VocabularyJohn Banville loves words just as they are Words like losel, and finical, gleet, scurf, bosky, cinerial, and merd that will really screw up your spell checker It s part of his masterful charm Add his ability to put these words together in velvet sentences, and combine sentences into exquisite narrative, and voila a writer worth his salt it were, especially with a title like The Sea Inspired by Henry James Very possibly, particularly by The Turn of the Screw and its perman [...]

    22. Mark on said:

      This is a hard one to review as I am not 100% on how I feel about it Banville uses a lot of intricate prose but it really struggled to take off for the first half of the book The story is centred on Max Morden who returns to the seaside holiday village where he had spent time in his childhood During his childhood stays he got close to a family who was also staying there but in a privileged position than Max The family consisted of mother, father, son and daughter and the children s Nanny.As usu [...]

    23. Steve on said:

      Elegiac is one of those literary adjectives, having to do with death You get your fill of that with this one Hell, the main character is named Max Morden, so what do you expect Unfortunately, the better written an elegiac novel is, the sadder it seems Banville, it s fair to say, is a writer s writer This one got him a Booker Prize, so, lit cred out the wazoo, right I love playing the lowbrow in the face of such splendid erudition Actually, I can see how highbrows might value The Sea for its craf [...]

    24. Michael on said:

      In the face of so many sublime reviews of this book I come up short After the loss of his wife, Max comes adrift and seeks some kind of fertilization from visiting the seaside town of holidays in his childhood Nice immersion in people and memories, but ultimately the book came off as too bland as Max had too little at stake, too little impetus to reshape his vision of the world, and not enough angst to take real risks.

    25. S. on said:

      Reading John Banville is like taking a long, sumptuous bath In my book, he is one of the finest prose stylists alive The man can write His language and sentences are gorgeous.I d like to say Banville is a marvel at describing characters but in fact he s a marvel at describing everything, from a breeze to a rain barrel It was a wooden barrel, a real one, full size, the staves blackened with age and the iron hoops eaten to frills by rust The rim was nicely bevelled, and so smooth that one could ha [...]

    26. Emer on said:

      In those endless October nights, lying side by side in the darkness, toppled statues of ourselves, we sought escape from an intolerable present in the only tense possible, the past, that is the faraway past The other week as I was chatting to my mum on the phone we got to talking about books It s a frequent topic of conversation between us My mum is very much the reason that I am a lover of the written word I can just about recall my very first visit to our local library as a little girl with he [...]

    27. Laysee on said:

      The Sea by John Banville began with an enigmatic mention of an unforgettable day in the life of the narrator, Max Morden It was the day of the strange tide some fifty years ago and we were told that he would not swim again after that day My reactions to this book that won the Man Booker Prize in 2005 were strangely lukewarm I admired it for its impeccable prose, sensitive handling of overwhelming emotions, and traces of wry humor I was, uncharitably, impatient with the slow unravelling of Max s [...]

    28. Grazia on said:

      Il passato mi batte dentro come un secondo cuore Come funziona la memoria La memoria pu essere pensata come ad un onda che entra nella nostra coscienza e repentinamente si ritira, sovrastata da un altra onda pi potente, pi imperiosa, pi violenta che cambia assetto a tutti i segni, i residui lasciati sulle incerte sabbie mobili del ricordo Il mare del romanzo di Banville, un mare livido, autunnale Freddo e terso come la sua scrittura Il sentimento descritto un dolore cristallizzato, il dolore di [...]

    29. Frank on said:

      What in the hell just happened Did I really trudge through all that overly wrought prose only to curse Banville for producing the hint of redemption in the end of this thesaurus spawn mud puddle Thank you Booker Prize for yet another quality laugh Here s a quality quote for those in doubt seeming not to walk but bounce, rather, awkward as a half inflated barrage balloon buffeted by successive breath robbing blows out of the past You ve got to be kidding me John here here I say to b alliteration [...]

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