The Sea (2005) by John Banville


Critical Assessment "If one can invoke the idea of fierce lyricism without it sounding either coy or oxymoronic, surely that is the term to signal the chill and beauty of the Irish writer John Banville's novels. . . . "'The Sea,' then, which last month received England's coveted Man Booker Prize, is a piece of violent poetry – an autumnal, elegiac novel whose desolate story is carried along by the sweet and stormy tides of its exquisite, sometimes too exquisite, prose. . . . "The bulk of 'The Sea' is an exploration of how a man so brilliantly cultivated and articulate [...]