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 writers 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 masters 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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'Banville broodingly captures the way the past returns to reclaim the present -- Sunday Times -Paperback Pick of the Week
'What a tremendous guide the phenomenally talented Banville is to the strangeness of ourselves and our journey -- The Observer -Paperback of the Week
An undeniably important work of fiction, whose soaring Joycean lyricism can take your breath away' -- Sunday Times -Paperback Pick of the Week
Characteristically Banvillian are its honed and intricately wrought prose style, full of poetical descriptions' -- Sunday Telegraph
One of the more interesting titles that the [Booker} prize has been conferred upon recently' -- Nicholas Lezard, Guardian
One of the most rewarding and humane novels of recent years' -- The Observer -Paperback of the Week
dazzling poetry -- Mark Sanderson, Evening Standard