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The Sea (2005)

– tekijä: John Banville

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4,8001511,702 (3.48)1 / 415
Max Morden visits the seaside town where he spent his summers as a child after the death of his wife. There he remembers the Graces, the family that introduced him to a world of feeling he'd never experienced before. Interwoven with this story are Morden's memories of his wife, Anna--of their life together, of her death.… (lisätietoja)
  1. 84
    Rannalla (tekijä: Ian McEwan) (kiwiflowa, Smiler69)
    kiwiflowa: same introspective feel and prose etc
    Smiler69: Both are stories about people dealing with difficult feelings and situations, both beautifully told in gorgeous prose.
  2. 20
    Shroud (tekijä: John Banville) (ghefferon)
  3. 10
    Kuin jokin päättyisi (tekijä: Julian Barnes) (bookmomo)
    bookmomo: Men looking back on their youth, similar issues with memories. Both beautiful reads.
  4. 21
    Eclipse (tekijä: John Banville) (bergs47)
  5. 00
    Flaubertin papukaija (tekijä: Julian Barnes) (sek_smith)
  6. 22
    Collected Stories (tekijä: William Trevor) (chrisharpe)
  7. 11
    The Turn of the Screw (tekijä: Henry James) (WSB7)
    WSB7: To me Banville's book deals with similar materials so much more effectively than James.
  8. 01
    Eustace and Hilda: A Trilogy (tekijä: L. P. Hartley) (chrisharpe)
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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 151) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
The Sea is a poetically written novel meditating on the nature of love, grief and memory.

Max is newly widowed and returns to a town by the sea where he spent his childhood summers to reflect on his loss. He mainly ruminates on past events, particularly the family who used to live in the house he is staying at in the present day.

The novel has lots of beautiful descriptions, but not a lot of story, or even likeable characters. I kept expecting a story to turn up all the way through, but apart from a couple of memories that pop up near the end, there really is no plot.

If I didn't have to read The Sea for my course, I probably would have put it down after 100 pages. There is some nice writing, but this isn't enough for me, especially as I'm particularly hankering for strong stories to fall into over the holidays. ( )
  mooingzelda | Dec 26, 2020 |
Apparently, when white British males feel alone, they head for the sea. In this fortieth Booker Prize winner, The Sea, by John Banville, the protagonist Max is recently widowed, and returns to the seaside scene of his first childhood love. Looking at just those bare bones, this book has much in common with The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch. However, despite their similar names, the books could hardly be more different. While Murdoch's novel is a frenetic romp, Banville's is all melancholy lyric and languor.

Banville’s book is also similar to Holiday by Stanley Middleton, in which a man struggling with his marriage seeks solace at a childhood sea resort; and even with Troubles, by J.G. Farrell, in which the Irish conflict impinges on another seaside resort and young romance.

At The Cedars, the house once rented by his childhood love's family, Max wrestles with his
increasingly unreliable memory and retells, haltingly, two stories of loss: that of his wife Anna, and that of his first love Chloe.

The writing is beautiful and poetic. Banville makes up words like “coldening” unselfconsciously while waxing philosophical on the meanings of life and death, memory and imagination. And the plot twists are as breathtaking as an undertow.

I'm reading all the Booker Prize winners since 1968. Follow me at http://www.methodtohermadness.com ( )
  stephkaye | Dec 14, 2020 |
Two stars for this book, mostly because it confused me. I found it difficult to keep up with the jumping back and forth in time, that was quite unexpected at times when textual hints of an upcoming jump missed.
The writing was beautiful, I loved the describing way of storytelling. ( )
  BoekenTrol71 | Dec 10, 2020 |
After his wife's death a middle-aged Irishman returns to a seaside town, where he spent his childhood summers. He reflects on his past and how these summers shaped him. Not much plot here but these ruminations of love and loss are beautifully articulated. ( )
  msf59 | Nov 15, 2020 |
This novel was a puzzle of contradictions. Max Morden is a recent widower working through his relationship with his wife, Anna, and with his daughter, Claire, while also trying to understand some events from his childhood. Some readers appeared to find this story too bleak; I didn’t. I enjoyed getting to know the characters and their story. In fact, that was one of the problems for me. There was too little of the story and too much description for me. I found myself wading through description to get on with the story, and I typically enjoy good description. Max Morden was a man very confused about love. His relationship with his wife was not perfect, nor was it broken. Max loves his daughter, but doesn’t know how to express his love for her. And then there was Chloe.

I like how the story moves back and forth through time and events, relatively easily, representing for me Max’s shifting thoughts and attention. I enjoyed the elegance of Banville’s writing style, but also found it choppy and thus never really found the rhythm in the writing that is true enjoyment for me. Ultimately, I was as mixed up about my response to The Sea as Max Morden was about love. This was my first by Banville, and I have read that some have found other efforts of his more enjoyable, so I am motivated to try another at some point. ( )
  afkendrick | Oct 24, 2020 |
Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 151) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
"It won last year's Booker prize, so does not exactly need the oxygen of publicity: but this almost airless, deliberately stifled book is one of the more interesting titles that the prize has been conferred upon recently."
 
"His descriptive passages are dense and almost numbingly gorgeous."
 
"It confirms Banville's reputation as once of finest prose stylists working in English today and, in the sheer beauty of its achievement, is unlikely to be bettered by any other novel published this year."
 
"And Banville's prose is sublime. Several times on every page the reader is arrested by a line or sentence that demands to be read again."
 

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Banville, Johnensisijainen tekijäkaikki painoksetvahvistettu
Castanyo, EduardKääntäjämuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu
Schuenke, ChristaKääntäjämuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu
Sterre, Jan Pieter van derKääntäjämuu tekijäeräät painoksetvahvistettu
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Max Morden visits the seaside town where he spent his summers as a child after the death of his wife. There he remembers the Graces, the family that introduced him to a world of feeling he'd never experienced before. Interwoven with this story are Morden's memories of his wife, Anna--of their life together, of her death.

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