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  • Audible Audio Edition
  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 24 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
  • Audible.com.au Release Date: 28 February 2008
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NPAZO5I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,020 in (See Top 100 in )

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By Blanca TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 July 2016
Format: Kindle Edition
Discovering John Banville last year was an amazing occurrence. The Blue Guitar was one of my favourite reads of last year and has become one of my favourite novels. Period.

So I was both excited and apprehensive to read the Sea, Banville’s Man Booker prize winner, because I feared being disappointed.

I’m relieved to say that I LOVE JOHN BANVILLE! So much. Unequivocally.

His writing beguiles me. His writing consumes me. His descriptions and metaphors are works of art. His way with words, the turn of phrases are surprising and oh, so wonderful! I’m awed. I’m mesmerised.

Every phrase is polished, sometimes to a blinding glare, and it hits you and you’re left wondering - how does he do that!?!

Fair or not, Banville has become the yardstick against which I'll measure literary fiction. As far as I’m concerned, Banville should be studied. Because he’s unique, and surprising, and a wordsmith.

I retract everything I’ve been saying about not being a fan of the first person narrative. Had I read Banville sooner, I wouldn’t have made such a preposterous statement.

'The Sea' is a character driven novel. The narrator is Max Marden, a dilettante in his fifties. Following the death of his wife, Anna, the mother of his only child, Claire, Max is unable to move on. He’s dazed and mostly lives in the past. A certain summer of his childhood, when he met the Graces, is remembered in great detail. He remembers the smells, the tastes and the feelings of those times, in the little town by the sea. Banville weaves his way between the present and the past in a seamless way. Current and past happenings intermingle. The mind wanders and certain memories and feelings resurface.
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John Banville is a master of observation as well as revealing what lies in our heart, but is often not said.
John reveals his unique perspective and deep appreciation of the real issues of life, in poetic expression that creates a richness to his prose never seen before.
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Very depressing book. The language and style was quite difficult to maintain interest in reading the book.
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Sad, melancholic but immensely believable
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