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The Shoreline and the Sea

The Shoreline and the Sea [Kindle Edition]

John Porter
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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"The Shoreline and the Sea is captivating in its strangeness and beauty. Always mysterious, always challenging but never frustrating. Instead it has a captivating charm which lures you into the story and pulls you around in it like the tides of the lake on which the village is set. Sometimes stormy, sometimes calm, always beautiful and with a hint of danger… The imagery and symbolism and beauty of the words washes over you and infuses into your being.

Looking for a resolution in such a story is as pointless as wishing for a ‘happy’ ending. This is a great example of a story where the destination is in the journey and I for one felt privileged to have travelled in the world of Walker and the mind and writing of Porter for a short time.  I find it remarkable that this is a debut novel. This is a rare and unique writing talent."

Cally Phillips

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The first publication from Outlyer Books is The Shoreline and the Sea, a novel by John Porter.

The novel centres around Walker, an English photographer who arrives in a small Italian village one morning. His girlfriend has gone missing - abducted? or has she abandoned him? – and the village seems a good a place as any to begin looking for answers. This place has its own secrets, however, throwing up many more mysteries, and providing only more questions when all Walker craves are answers. As Walker becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of the village’s strange characters, events threaten to overpower him…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 411 KB
  • Print Length: 258 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1482307324
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Outlyer Books (13 Feb 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0078VYMWG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #631,763 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deserves a wide readership 14 April 2013
By sheba
This is a rich, dense book - beautifully wriitten and constructed. Full of phsycological insights, it keeps you on the edge right to the end and is a descriptive delight with such strong visual images that you feel you are there, in that landscape.More please!
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I loved this book - a real page turner - and beautifully written. When his girlfriend disappears Ben Walker behaves rather oddly, but then so do all the characters he meets as he vaguely searches for her in a strange village in a remote bit of Italy. The atmospheric opening chapters are charged with anticipation. What particularly excited me was how vivid the writing is. Books can be interesting and entertaining and yet somehow zombies. This book is a living, breathing thing with qualities that distinguish classics from mere diversions. I loved the dreamlike quality contrasting with the sudden violent episodes. I loved that it's a page turner. I loved the humour! I loved the spare hints towards the end that all was not as it seemed. I loved the loose ends. And bizarrely the ending elated me, but I won't spoil it for others... I look forward to the next in a trilogy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Through a lens clearly 17 Mar 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
This is an enthralling and enjoyable book, an engrossing read that engaged me throughout.

The intriguing narrative centres on a photographer whose girlfriend goes missing whilst they are on holiday in Italy. The man's subsequent enforced sojourn in a fishing village provides a rich array of characters and events in a form that blends dreams and seemingly magical elements into the atmosphere of mystery - to suggest that his search is as much for himself as for the missing girl.

This is an exceptionally fine piece of writing - I relished the luminous style and pure literary skill. It is finely honed, carefully structured, richly described and keenly observed, full of precise visual evocation and some striking set pieces. The author's ability to evoke a photographer's visual perception and aesthetic language could hardly be equalled.
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4.0 out of 5 stars ... ad Italiam venit 7 Mar 2012
By Bernie
Format:Kindle Edition
A man's quest to find the meaning of human relationships in a wonderfully evocative setting. I felt I was experiencing the sights, sounds and feel of Italy, although I have never been there. Read this if you like to bask in atmosphere.
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