The Sea - John Banville

The Sea

By John Banville

  • Release Date: 2005-11-01
  • Genre: Literary
4 Score: 4 (From 57 Ratings)

Book Synopsis

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 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.

From the Trade Paperback edition.

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Latest Impressions

  • The Sea.

    By Rocketgirl56
    I read over one-half of this book and then did something I have only done one other time in my life -- I closed it permanently! While Banville's descriptive abilities are outstanding, as is his beautiful sentence structure, this is the most boring book I have ever read. There is NO action and no real story that I could detect. I think he is a talented writer with NO story to tell!