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The Sea

'A masterly study of grief, memory and love recollected' Professor John Sutherland, Chair of Judges, Man Booker Prize 2005

The Sea is John Banville's Man Booker prize-winning exploration of memory, childhood and loss.

When art historian Max Morden returns to the seaside village where he once spent a childhood holiday, he is both escaping from a recent loss and confronting a distant trauma. The Grace family had appeared that long-ago summer as if from another world. Mr and Mrs Grace, with their worldly ease and candour, were unlike any adults he had met before. But it was his contemporaries, the Grace twins Myles and Chloe, who most fascinated Max. He grew to know them intricately, even intimately, and what ensued would haunt him for the rest of his years and shape everything that was to follow.

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"Remarkable. . . . The power and strangeness and piercing beauty of ["The Sea" is] a wonder." -" The Washington Post Book World" "With his fastidious wit and exquisite style, John Banville is the heir to Nabokov. . . . "The Sea" [is] his best novel so far."-"The Sunday Telegraph" ""The Sea "offers an extraordinary meditation on mortality, grief, death, childhood and memory. . . . Undeniably brilliant." -"USA Today" "A gem. . . . [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 Philadelphia Inquirer" "From the Trade Paperback edition."
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Seitenzahl 272 (Printausgabe)
Erscheinungsdatum 04.09.2008
Sprache Englisch
EAN 9780330464697
Verlag Pan MacMillan
Dateigröße 264 KB
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It's all in here: death, grief, pain, violence and most of all - memory
von Carolin am 13.10.2011
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It's a very poetic book, though very depressive and sad at the same time. Max, who lost his wive a short time ago, decides to go back to the summer holiday town of his childhood, where he rents a room in the house in which his first love(s) lived. He tries to get over his wive's death while he remembers the old time. USA Tod... It's a very poetic book, though very depressive and sad at the same time. Max, who lost his wive a short time ago, decides to go back to the summer holiday town of his childhood, where he rents a room in the house in which his first love(s) lived. He tries to get over his wive's death while he remembers the old time. USA Today says about The Sea that it's a "meditation on mortality, grief, death, childhood and memory..." and I agree with that. It gives an idea about the whole book, though I would definitely add violence and cruelty, which are in my opinion two main themes of the story. Violence and cruelty in Max' life, in his love, in his lovers but also violence against animals and other kids and of course the cruelty of diseases as well as of memories. The author uses a very poetic style, as I already mentioned above, which is expressed by lots of wonderful stylistic elements. And he also uses very detailed descriptions and down to the last tiny bit written down thoughts, which was sometimes helpful to understand Max but sometimes it was all too much. I didn't like the hypochondrical thoughts, that came up from time to time. And there were some other memories I would have preferred not to read about...but well. It's a difficult book, difficult in many ways, but the most difficult thing for me now is to tell if I liked it or not. And I simply can't :) After reading the whole 195 pages I still don't know. Maybe it's like a piece of art: Sometimes you like it, sometimes you hate it and sometimes you just don't know.