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The Sea (Picador 40th Anniversary Edition) (Picador 40th Anniversary Editn) (English Edition) [Format Kindle]

John Banville
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Incandescent prose. Beautifully textured characterisation. Transparent narratives. The adjectives to describe the writing of John Banville are all affirmative, and The Sea is a ringing affirmation of all his best qualities. His publishers are claiming that this novel by the Booker-shortlisted author is his finest yet, and while that claim may have an element of hyperbole, there is no denying that this perfectly balanced book is among the writer’s most accomplished work.

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 him, and a trauma in his past is similarly proving hard to deal with. He decides that he will return to a town on the coast at which he spent a memorable holiday when a boy. His memory of that time devolves on the charismatic Grace family, particularly the seductive twins Myles and Chloe. In a very short time, Max found himself drawn into a strange relationship with them, and pursuant events left their mark on him for the rest of his life. But will he be able to exorcise those memories of the past?

The fashion in which John Banville draws the reader into this hypnotic and disturbing world is non pareil, and the very complex relationships between his brilliantly delineated cast of characters are orchestrated with a master’s skill. As in such books as Shroud and The Book of Evidence, the author eschews the obvious at all times, and the narrative is delivered with subtlety and understatement. The genuine moments of drama, when they do occur, are commensurately more powerful. --Barry Forshaw

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Incandescent prose. Beautifully textured characterisation. Transparent narratives. The adjectives to describe the writing of John Banville are all affirmative, and The Sea is a ringing affirmation of all his best qualities. His publishers are claiming that this novel by the Booker-shortlisted author is his finest yet, and while that claim may have an element of hyperbole, there is no denying that this perfectly balanced book is among the writer’s most accomplished work.

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 him, and a trauma in his past is similarly proving hard to deal with. He decides that he will return to a town on the coast at which he spent a memorable holiday when a boy. His memory of that time devolves on the charismatic Grace family, particularly the seductive twins Myles and Chloe. In a very short time, Max found himself drawn into a strange relationship with them, and pursuant events left their mark on him for the rest of his life. But will he be able to exorcise those memories of the past?

The fashion in which John Banville draws the reader into this hypnotic and disturbing world is non pareil, and the very complex relationships between his brilliantly delineated cast of characters are orchestrated with a master’s skill. As in such books as Shroud and The Book of Evidence, the author eschews the obvious at all times, and the narrative is delivered with subtlety and understatement. The genuine moments of drama, when they do occur, are commensurately more powerful. --Barry Forshaw


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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 426 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 210 pages
  • Pagination - ISBN de l'édition imprimée de référence : 1400097029
  • Editeur : Picador (2 février 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B0073HNLK4
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  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 4.4 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (5 commentaires client)
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Totally brilliant and a feast to read 23 mars 2011
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The minds of people approaching the age of 60 are supposed to be invaded and captured by a first wave of childhood memories. It prompts self-centered Max Morden (MM), age unknown, to write this quite frank and transparent autobiography. So frank that after reading it, two dozen adjectives are insufficient to fully describe MM's own character, whose book is situated on the Irish coast with a view of the sea. Readers might want to make a tally of negative adjectives on MM, and compare them in book reviewing gatherings.

MM is an elderly writer on French painters (a dilettante, second-rater in his own understated judgment), still quite tall, but in mental and physical decline. After the death of his wife Anna he has returned to where all his early life-stirring events and drama began, to The Cedars, the rented house the far wealthier Clare family occupied many decades ago. As a tall 11-year old he befriended the smaller, strange twins Myles and Chloe, fell in love with their mother but later became enchanted with Chloe. Now The Cedars has become a rundown lodging house with an eccentric landlady and only one other occupant of its six rooms for rent, a retired Colonel with set habits. The atmosphere!

From a young age MM has been an acute watcher and every page provides evidence. In his later life, when early memories crop up unaided, MM often links incoming thoughts to paintings he has studied and adores, Bonnard most of all (and de la Tour and Gericault, as MM would like me to add to this review). Late in the autobiography MM admits he has no personality, never had one. It may be the key admission in this brilliantly-paced, tragic and often hilariously-funny account of the life of a person unable to relate to anyone.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 A 263 page poem 10 avril 2009
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A book initially purchased for discussion at our book-club. I was disconcerted by its temporal oscillation, without warning, often within the same chapter. Although the narrator, Max is apparently an educated man, he's unaware of the purpose of the Plimsoll-line or its association with footwear and his malapropisation of British weather stations, offered another opinion as to his informative years. Until that moment I wasn't even certain which country we were in. He's excessive use of "or" when describing an event, place or character, not seeming able to settle on one descriptive phrase, I felt was unnecessary. In short, if I hadn't been obliged to read this book for our club, I'd have given up after the first few pages. I had the impression I was reading a 263 page poem.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The summer a childhood was robbed 30 octobre 2005
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Recently widowed Max Morden decides to spend some time in the seaside village where he used to spend his holidays with his parents as a child. He resides in the house the Grace family rented on the summer when he befriended the Grace's twins. Very slowly the reminiscences of this eventful summer emerge in sad and painful twirls of consciousness.
John Banville has a beautiful way of writing which follows the slow resurgences of a bruised memory.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Super bien 30 juin 2014
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L'auteur emploie un langage littéraire et parfois surprenant, mais tout est critd'un style direct et facile à lire. Je vais chercher d'autres titres de cet écrivain irlandais.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Stunning 7 décembre 2013
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The interior monologue of a man who examines his life, his loves, his griefs, his achievements and his failures with self derision and an impossible attempt at honesty. The language and the imagery are beautiful.
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