Buy Used
£0.03
+ £2.69 delivery
Used: Good | Details
Sold by FT Books
Condition: Used: Good
Comment: We are committed to providing each customer with the highest standard of customer service. All books are picked, packed and dispatched from the United Kingdom.
Have one to sell?
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See this image

The Sea Hardcover – 3 Jun 2005

3.8 out of 5 stars 175 customer reviews

See all 23 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Amazon Price
New from Used from
Kindle Edition
Hardcover, 3 Jun 2005
£29.33 £0.01
click to open popover

Enter your mobile number or email address below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.



Product details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; Main Market edition (3 Jun. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330483285
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330483285
  • Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 175 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 323,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
    If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support?

Product description

Amazon Review

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

Review

"It is a brilliant, sensuous, discombobulating novel" -- Spectator

"This is a novel in which all Banville's remarkable gifts come together to produce a real work of art.." -- Scotsman

"With his fastidious wit and exquisite stule, John Banville is the heir to Nabokov....his best novel so far" -- Daily Telegraph

'Everything in Banville's books is alive. Bleakly elegant, he is a writer's writer, a new Henry Green..' -- Independent

'The Sea is a beautiful novel, challenging and richly rewarding..we have a lord of language among us.' -- Irish Independent

'There is so much to applaud in this book that it deserves more than one reading.' -- Literary Review

'This is a novel in which all Banville's remarkable gifts come together to produce a real work of art’ -- Scotsman

‘A brilliant, sensuous novel’ -- Spectator

‘The Sea is essentially a redemptive journey of the mind . . . Banville is a master at the top of his game’ -- Time Out

See all Product description


Customer reviews

Rated by customers interested in
Literary Fiction
3.7 out of 5 stars
3.7 out of 5 stars
Fiction Books
3.7 out of 5 stars
3.7 out of 5 stars
Movies
3.2 out of 5 stars
3.2 out of 5 stars

Read reviews that mention

Top customer reviews

23 August 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse
15 March 2016
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
One person found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse
16 May 2018
Format: Paperback|Verified Purchase
2 November 2008
Format: Hardcover|Verified Purchase
8 people found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse
22 April 2014
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
4 August 2016
Format: Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
2 people found this helpful
|Comment|Report abuse

Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

Most recent customer reviews

Where's My Stuff?

Delivery and Returns

Need Help?