The Sea – John Banville

 

The Sea image

Published 2005 by Picador

 

I have very mixed feelings about ‘The Sea’ but, overall, it is hard to deny that John Banville has set the English language on fire with his truly bespoke use of words.

Max the narrator is in the throes of losing his wife and fluidly takes the reader through this ordeal, past it, and into the summer holidays of his childhood by the sea (a noticeable ebb and flow of storytelling).

Initially, it seems that the recollection of his meeting of the Grace family on one particular holiday is no more than a demonstration of the nature of memory during a time of grief; revisiting the first feelings of love – watching it grow, change direction.

But it is more than that. It is as if his wife’s death is a reminder of an event that he has carried with him all his life – waiting for a catalyst to force expression. ‘The Sea’ is a tribute to the fates of its characters, forcing life, love, grief, and death into stark relief.

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s