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The Sea


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 ... Show synopsis

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  • Very masculine coming of age story Aug 22, 2009
    by jmarrapodi

    I hated this book and actually threw it away before finishing it. It's the story of a man dealing with the grief process who returns to the summer vacation spot of his childhood. He went through his adolescence here and the book explores his thinking. As young men are wanton to be, it tended to be very sexualized, and I didn't like that at all. Perhaps that is my view as a woman, perhaps it is as an Evangelical Christian. In any event, I really didn't like it at all. Perhaps a man would have a different experience with the story.

  • Enjoyable read Mar 7, 2008
    by screwdskull

    This is such a beautifully written book, that I felt the urge to read it out loud. It is simply poetry in prose form. Banville is as renowned for his prose as for his poetry and in this book there has been a successful conversion of the two.
    Each word so carefully chosen and such an economy of phrasing.
    The story itself is very touching and definitely left me feeling for the characters I only briefly got to know.

  • A must read Apr 3, 2007
    by napman45

    If you are looking to read a beautifully written, challenging, stimulating ffictional story I can not recommend a book more highly. A personal tale with a twist. I would retire and read for the rest of my life if every book was a captivating as The Sea.

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