Author: John Banville.
Published: 3rd June, 2005.
Winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize, The Sea tells the story of Max, a man who goes back to the place where he summered as a boy. The story switches between the past and the present.
The past passages follow the events that lead up to an unforgettable event while the present passages show Max’s struggles with putting the past behind him.
The language is beautiful when describing the setting and Irish seaside landscape. The plot is rather thin and somewhat depressing. It’s not wonderfully compelling but the struggles between past and present are well thought out. It may be too subtle for some, it is a long read even though it’s fairly short.