The Sea

The Sea

Audiobook CD - 2006
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"Novel presents a man mourning his wife's recent death—and his blighted life. "The past beats inside me like a second heart," observes Max Morden early on, and his return to the seaside resort where he lost his innocence gradually yields the objects of his nostalgia. Max's thoughts glide swiftly between the events of his wife's final illness and the formative summer, 50 years past, when the Grace family—father, mother and twins Chloe and Myles—lived in a villa in the seaside town where Max and his quarreling parents rented a dismal "chalet." Banville seamlessly juxtaposes Max's youth and age, and each scene is rendered with the intense visual acuity of a photograph ("the mud shone blue as a new bruise"). As in all Banville novels, things are not what they seem. Max's cruelly capricious complicity in the sad history that unfolds, and the facts kept hidden from the reader until the shocking denouement, brilliantly dramatize the unpredictability of life and the incomprehensibility of death. Like the strange high tide that figures into Max's visions and remembrances, this novel sweeps the reader into the inexorable waxing and waning of life."--Publisher's Weekly.
Publisher: New York : Random House Audio, p2006, c2005
Edition: Unabridged
Branch Call Number: COMPACT DISC FICTION BAN
Characteristics: 6 compact sound discs (6 hrs.) : digital ; 12 cm
Additional Contributors: Random House Audio Publishing

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Aug 23, 2012

If you have to have likeable characters this may not be the book for you, although I felt the narrator might be too hard on himself. The writing is great - lots of apt similes. And I love John Lee's Scottish accent.

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