by John Banville
Editor: Pan MacMillan
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“A masterly study of pain, memory and love recalled” Professor John Sutherland, Chairman of the Jury, the Man Booker Prize 2005, The Sea is John Banville of the Man Booker prize-winning exploration of memory, childhood and lossDuring the art historian Max Morden returns to the seaside village where he spent a childhood vacation, he is both escaping recent loss and facing a distant traumaThe Grace of the family had appeared this summer month, as if from another worldMand Mrs. de Grâce, with the concerns of the world of ease and candor, were unlike all the adults he had met beforeBut it was his contemporaries, the Grace of the twins Myles and Chloe, who most fascinated MaxHe grew up to know them intimately, even intimately, and what followed haunted him for the rest of his years, and the form of everything that would follow
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