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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful, 5 Aug. 2006
This review is from: The Sea (Paperback)
I cannot recommend this book highly enough. It did not revolutionise my understanding of the `the novel'; it did not effect my perception of any history, society or geography; it has not changed my life - and I doubt it will; it is one of the most beautiful pieces of writing I have read. This is such luxurious prose that you can feel it wrapping you up in its stimuli. When reading, your senses seem elevated: I could smell the sea on the drizzle that fell on my face as I stepped off the bus (in London) after reading a twenty-page chunk; I could feel the burn of the brandy in the back of my throat as the narrator drank, and I could feel the sun burning through my eyelids the morning after; no matter what I played on my iPod whilst reading, all I could hear was Vaughan Williams' The Sea.

The plot is just satisfying enough, but it is more a vehicle for Banville's writing which satisfies so much deeper than any plot - this is prose that evokes the poetry of Heaney and Hughes and touches your core, causing your senses and emotions to soar with only the power of a twelve-word sentence.

This book fully deserves the recognition that I doubt it would have received without the Booker.
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Initial post: 13 Feb 2009 21:08:27 GMT
S. Wood says:
"This is such luxurious prose that you can feel it wrapping you up in its stimuli"

That, sir, is a superb sentence and almost by itself compels me buy the book!

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Mar 2012 00:14:55 GMT
I absolutely agree. Added the book to my wish list after reading this review.

Posted on 8 Jul 2013 13:08:39 BDT
Effsey says:
That'll do for me, I'm ordering a copy now.
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