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The Sea

John Banville

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Genres:

Fiction

Description:

The author of The Untouchable ("contemporary fiction gets no better than this"-Patrick McGrath, The New York Times Book Review) now gives us a luminous novel about love, loss, and the unpredictable power of memory. The narrator is Max Morden, a middle-aged Irishman who, soon after his wife's death, has gone back to the seaside town where he spent his summer holidays as a child-a retreat from the grief, anger, and numbness of his life without her. But it is also a return to the place where he met the Graces, the well-heeled vacationing family with whom he experienced the strange suddenness of both love and death for the first time. The seductive mother; the imperious father; the twins-Chloe, fiery and forthright, and Myles, silent and expressionless-in whose mysterious connection Max became profoundly entangled, each of them a part of the "barely bearable raw immediacy" of his childhood memories. Interwoven with this story are Morden's memories of his wife, Anna-of their life together, of her death-and the moments, both significant and mundane, that make up his life now: his relationship with his grown daughter, Claire, desperate to pull him from his grief; and with the other boarders at the house where he is staying, where the past beats inside him "like a second heart." What Max comes to understand about the past, and about its indelible effects on him, is at the center of this elegiac, vividly dramatic, beautifully written novel-among the finest we have had from this extraordinary writer. From the Hardcover edition.

Language:

English

Narrators:

John Lee

Length:

6h 52m


Chapters

Free Sample

03:50

Chapter 1
Chapter 1

03:49


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

03:13


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

03:03


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

03:57


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

03:05


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

04:33


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

04:46


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

05:50


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

05:02


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

04:40


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

04:05


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

03:30


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

03:36


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

02:55


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

03:51


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

05:00


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

04:56


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

03:49


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

04:47


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

05:07


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

05:12


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

05:35


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

04:24


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

04:55


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

05:05


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

04:40


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

04:53


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

04:38


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

05:03


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

04:30


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

05:05


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

04:40


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

03:11


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

04:29


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

04:57


Chapter 36
Chapter 36

05:38


Chapter 37
Chapter 37

04:38


Chapter 38
Chapter 38

04:40


Chapter 39
Chapter 39

04:48


Chapter 40
Chapter 40

04:06


Chapter 41
Chapter 41

03:44


Chapter 42
Chapter 42

04:43


Chapter 43
Chapter 43

05:08


Chapter 44
Chapter 44

05:12


Chapter 45
Chapter 45

04:52


Chapter 46
Chapter 46

03:57


Chapter 47
Chapter 47

05:08


Chapter 48
Chapter 48

04:53


Chapter 49
Chapter 49

04:27


Chapter 50
Chapter 50

02:59


Chapter 51
Chapter 51

04:34


Chapter 52
Chapter 52

03:56


Chapter 53
Chapter 53

04:54


Chapter 54
Chapter 54

05:07


Chapter 55
Chapter 55

04:13


Chapter 56
Chapter 56

04:45


Chapter 57
Chapter 57

03:46


Chapter 58
Chapter 58

05:02


Chapter 59
Chapter 59

04:50


Chapter 60
Chapter 60

05:04


Chapter 61
Chapter 61

04:21


Chapter 62
Chapter 62

04:50


Chapter 63
Chapter 63

04:58


Chapter 64
Chapter 64

03:50


Chapter 65
Chapter 65

04:48


Chapter 66
Chapter 66

04:49


Chapter 67
Chapter 67

03:49


Chapter 68
Chapter 68

04:57


Chapter 69
Chapter 69

05:10


Chapter 70
Chapter 70

04:54


Chapter 71
Chapter 71

04:12


Chapter 72
Chapter 72

04:02


Chapter 73
Chapter 73

04:55


Chapter 74
Chapter 74

04:42


Chapter 75
Chapter 75

04:46


Chapter 76
Chapter 76

03:56


Chapter 77
Chapter 77

03:49


Chapter 78
Chapter 78

05:05


Chapter 79
Chapter 79

04:46


Chapter 80
Chapter 80

05:31


Chapter 81
Chapter 81

04:32


Chapter 82
Chapter 82

05:05


Chapter 83
Chapter 83

04:58


Chapter 84
Chapter 84

04:37


Chapter 85
Chapter 85

04:01


Chapter 86
Chapter 86

04:33


Chapter 87
Chapter 87

04:19


Chapter 88
Chapter 88

04:11


Chapter 89
Chapter 89

04:15


Chapter 90
Chapter 90

04:25


Chapter 91
Chapter 91

02:59


Chapter 92
Chapter 92

02:55