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The Sea
The Sea | John Banville
In this luminous new novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory, John Banville introduces us to Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child to cope with the recent loss of his wife. It is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time. What Max comes to understand about the past, and about its indelible effects on him, is at the center of this elegiac, gorgeously written novel among the finest we have had from this masterful writer.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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PhilipE
The Sea | John Banville
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Mehso-so

It was definitely a slow book. I wanted to understand and get the husbands point of view and how he worked through the grieving process as so many folks go through something similar. I think what I liked about the character was his honesty with himself. While it feels yucky to read that honestly it‘s real to read that. None of it is very appealing which if we are willing to be this honest with ourselves would see some of ourselves in him.

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rachaich
The Sea | John Banville
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Mehso-so

Rather depressing read, not much positivity in it...
Saved, kind of, by stunning prose, amazing descriptions of the place and people but far too much oedipal style imagery for me.

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rachaich
The Sea | John Banville
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A quick line from a friend as nothing on my pile was appealing...

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vlwelser
The Sea | John Banville
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Mehso-so

This wasn't horrible. He gets extra points for vocab usage. And it's definitely very on brand for traditional Booker prize winners. A man reflects on his life after his wife dies. Ad nauseum. Tbh, it's boring.

#BookSpinBingo square 9
@TheAromaofBooks

This was the January pick for a secondary IRL (but really just Zoom) book club that my friends talked me into. Because we apparently don't belong to enough book clubs.

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 9mo
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wideeyedreader
The Sea | John Banville
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Bailedbailed

I couldn‘t with this book. The writing was pretentious, and the narrator was a horrible person—which wouldn‘t be as big a problem if he didn‘t think he was so great. Sadly, this is my #doublespin for July, but at least I know I don‘t like it!

TheAromaofBooks At least it's off the list!! 1y
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Anna40
The Sea | John Banville
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Mehso-so

I want to rate this book a pick because the writing is excellent, John Banville a masterful writer. But I can't. The main character is malignant, the storyline - mainly childhood memories and impressions of the seaside town 'now' and the illness of his wife - was not for me.

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Rissreads
The Sea | John Banville
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Mehso-so

I usually love Man Booker prize winners, but this one was a bit boring.

MrsMalaprop I‘ve had this on my #TBR shelf for years. You haven‘t exactly inspired me to get to it 😆😊. 3y
Rissreads @MrsMalaprop The writing is beautiful but I found the story predictable. Something just didn't work for me. 3y
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ElectricKatyLand
The Sea | John Banville
Mehso-so

The writing is beautiful but the narrator is miserable. We listened on audiobook and were enthralled the first half, and perplexed/put off in the second half. Plot in a sentence: recent widower full of bitterness and regret returns to the seaside town where tragedy struck decades ago.

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mreads
The Sea | John Banville
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Pickpick

Beautiful writing in this Booker winning novel about an old Irishman revisiting a seaside town where he spent summers as a child, reminiscing as he comes to terms with the recent death of his wife. Be warned this is completely plotless and you are completely in the head of a rather unlikable man.

#booked2019 set in Ireland/ Irish author
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Love the graphics!!! And excellent review💚 4y
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Felso
The Sea | John Banville
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I love the little surprises you find in second hand books. (ps- I still haven‘t decided what to read next)

Texreader Neat!! 4y
Anna40 Take your time - is good advice when it comes to this novel. ... 3y
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Cathythoughts
The Sea | John Banville
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#AbbaInAugust #SOS this is as close as I can get .... and I‘m in Waterstones... 🤓

erzascarletbookgasm Err, happy shopping? 😁📚 4y
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm oh sure look ! I‘m home now & not empty handed. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I did get one particular book because the movie is coming out 4y
Mdargusch Hope you find some goodies! 4y
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Cathythoughts @Mdargusch yes! I really did. I cant go to town now without buying a book. What are you going to do 🤷🏻‍♀️... 4y
emilyhaldi Ugh, I wish I were in Waterstones right now!! 💸 4y
Cathythoughts @emilyhaldi I wish you were too 👍🏻 4y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve been curious about this one. 4y
Cathythoughts @Reviewsbylola I havnt read it .. but I would like to 4y
Cinfhen Pretty photo 😍😍😍 4y
GatheringBooks love waterstones!!!!! 4y
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TheFaeWays
The Sea | John Banville
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this book, but it was not the greatest I've ever read. I guess I'm still a little upset about the dog scene.

Anna40 The cruelty was awful. 3y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
The Sea | John Banville
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Mehso-so

Beautifully written. Also boring af.

I usually love what I call “books about nothing,” but this was excruciating. The last 20 pages were good, though, so if you have some endurance, there‘s that.

C.Perone Love this review😄 didn‘t read it, but your wording tickled me 4y
Zelma 😂 thanks for the update. Sounds like it wouldn‘t be my kind of book at all. 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @C.Perone Thanks - just being candid 😂 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Zelma Glad I could save you then! 👍 4y
emilyhaldi Too bad .. I usually love books about nothing too 😆 4y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
The Sea | John Banville
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I tried about 2 hours of the audiobook and was zoning out a lot, so I‘m switching to reading it. I think these introspective elegiac novels need to be read instead of heard, maybe. Here‘s hoping it improves 🤞

Zelma Curious if you like it. It‘s on my radar for a long time but haven‘t committed to it, knowing it will take some focus. 4y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @zelma I‘ll let you know! Im almost done with it. It‘s fairly short, at least. The writing is really good, but it‘s also about nothing at all so far. We‘ll see . . . 4y
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tobypfrench
The Sea | John Banville
Pickpick

Marvellous. Glorious.

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1001BooksPodcast
The Sea | John Banville
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Mehso-so

Beautifully written prose about grief, but we‘ve seen this theme covered better in other novels. Find the episode on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, and SoundCloud by searching “1001 books podcast.” #1001books #readtheclassics #thesea #manbookerprize #bookpodcast

Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! Hope you love it here! 💙📚💙 5y
1001BooksPodcast @Booksandcooks thanks. This was a fun discovery today! 5y
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TheLibrarian Welcome to Litsy @1001BooksPodcast ! 5y
Cinfhen Hi @1001BooksPodcast how awesome to “find” you!!! Thanks for the tag @Jess7 I‘d suggest following these Littens who are all reading the #1001books @JenP @shendrix413 @sisilia @BookaholicNatty @BarbaraBB 5y
BarbaraBB Thanks for the tag, @Cinfhen 💕. Welcome @1001BooksPodcast, nice to meet you! 5y
JenP Clearly we can‘t be friends if you didn‘t like this book! 😂 just kidding. Welcome @1001BooksPodcast I hope you love it here. There are quite a few of us who are reading 1001 books. @Kristelh , @BookwormM , and I co-moderate a #1001books group. Look forward to seeing more of your reviews!! 5y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you enjoy it here! 5y
BookaholicNatty Welcome welcome @1001BooksPodcast So glad you are joining us! Hope you will love it here just as much as I do. I‘m reading a book off the 1001 list right now. I‘m actually in the 1001 postal book club hosted by @JenP and loving it! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 5y
maich @Jess7 Thank you for tagging me😍😍 5y
1001BooksPodcast @JenP we didn‘t dislike this one, just didn‘t know if all humans needed to read before they die haha I promise we were very on the fence about it! Thanks for the welcome and I look forward to seeing the #1001books you‘re reading! 5y
1001BooksPodcast So fun to find other #1001books readers. Thanks for the welcome everyone. Check out the episodes for reviews that dig a little deeper then what I post here and let me know if you think the books qualify as “all humans should read this before they die!” 5y
Kristelh I liked this one ☝️ welcome to Litsy thanks for the tag @JenP (edited) 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jess7 thank you for the tag!! 😘 Welcome to Litsy @1001BooksPodcast I hope you love it!! A few more littens @GripLitGrl @RealLifeReading @JoeStalksBeck @Christine11 @vkois88 @Jas16 @JenlovesJT47 @MrBook @Andrew65 📚📚📚☺️☺️☺️ 5y
Andrew65 Welcome to Litsy @1001BooksPodcast 😊, thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌 (edited) 5y
Jas16 Welcome to Litsy @1001BooksPodcast and thank you @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for being such an awesome Litten 5y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jas16 you‘re so sweet and you always make me smile ☺️☺️☺️💕💕💕 5y
JenlovesJT47 Welcome to Litsy @1001BooksPodcast !! And thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! 🤗 5y
vkois88 Thank you for the tag, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤ Welcome to the #LitsyFamily @1001BooksPodcast , I hope you find our community to be as wonderful and accepting as I do! 5y
RaimeyGallant Great review. :) And welcome to Litsy from me too! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. 5y
Christine11 Thank you for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😊😘 and Welcome to Litsy @1001BooksPodcast 😊🌸🌷🎉 5y
Chelleo Welcome 🤗 5y
1001BooksPodcast @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks! Excited to be here! 5y
1001BooksPodcast @RaimeyGallant thanks! The tips were really helpful. What a welcoming community! 5y
RaimeyGallant Oh good. I'm glad you thought so. 5y
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miz
The Sea | John Banville
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Last shreds of summer

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Decayy
The Sea | John Banville
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The only thing that is saving me today is the promise of rain and the look at the sea. I'm still dead, and I don't know where I'm finding the strength for #24in48 readathon. @24in48

TheBookDream Beautiful view 5y
Decayy @TheBookDream it really is ^^ 5y
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Jade232
The Sea | John Banville
Mehso-so

🤔 thought provoking

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planetshannon
The Sea | John Banville
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Not quite sure how I feel about this one yet. The time changes a lot, and sometimes really feeling it and other times not so much. I'll keep reading and see how things shape up.

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lauralovesbooks1
The Sea | John Banville
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Mehso-so

Maybe I just wasn't in the right mood, but this didn't do much for me. It is an interesting exploration of grief and memory, but the writing felt over done at times and the pacing was too slow and contemplative for my taste.

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JenP
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#homebythesea I love Banville's writing and this book was exquisitely written. This is my favorite of his novels. #RockinMay

Cinfhen So stacked 😍thanks for posting 💕 5y
KarenUK Stacked! 📚 5y
JenP @Cinfhen @KarenUK I hope you both like it! There are some disturbing bits but the writing is dazzling 5y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Irish, seaside - WANT. Stacked immediately. 5y
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MrsMalaprop
The Sea | John Banville
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#Marchintoreading Day 17 #Irishauthors ❤ From my shelves. I've read all of these except for The Sea which has languished on my TBR shelves for some time. #somanybookssolittletime

LeeRHarry Love love love 6y
Jeg Happy St Pats day. 6y
Reviewsbylola Tell me about your other Toibins. I've read Brooklyn (loved) but then Nora Webster just wasn't for me so I've been unsure of where to go next with him. 6y
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MrsMalaprop @LeeRHarry I agree. Such a good book. 6y
MrsMalaprop @Jeg And to you 🍺🍀 6y
MrsMalaprop @Reviewsbylola I've not read Nora Webster, but liked all those here. His writing is sublime. 6y
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LynneGriffin
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Pickpick

Absolutely brilliant! The gorgeous writing, the stream of consciousness, and still a marvelous plot, The Sea is a must read! I will definitely reread too.

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Hobbinol
The Sea | John Banville
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#firstlines "They departed, the gods, on the day of the strange tide." #somethingforseptember #septphotochallenge #booksetbythesea

RealLifeReading Love that line 6y
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HotCocoaReads
The Sea | John Banville
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Pickpick

The beauty of the writing made me read this book slowly. It's the kind of book that needs to be read when you have a quiet, peaceful moment (reading this on the train wouldn't do it for me) and perhaps overlooking the sea, as I was lucky to do as we were staying near a bay in Manly Beach. Some shocking but honest sentiments by our protagonist kept this book moving along nicely. This book spoke to me!

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HotCocoaReads
The Sea | John Banville
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You will remember this when all else fades, this moment, here, together, by this well. There will be certain days, and certain nights, you‘ll feel my presence near you, hear my voice. You‘ll think you have imagined it and yet, inside you, you will catch an answering cry.

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HardcoverHearts
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Pickpick

Oh wow! I do love a luminous book. This novel produced the strangest dichotomy in me: I didn't like the narrator but loved his words/thoughts. I don't know if I have ever felt so polarized since Lolita. (This isn't as provocative.) I will reread this

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