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The Sea, the Sea

3 Ratings: 4.7
A book by Iris Murdoch

First published in 1978, this is the story of Charles Arrowby who, retiring from his glittering London world in order to abjure magic and become a hermit turns to the sea: turbulent and leaden, transparent and opaque, magician and mother. But he finds … see full wiki

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Author: Iris Murdoch
Publisher: Penguin
3 reviews about The Sea, the Sea
review by . May 12, 2013
A grand edifice of writing worthy of the Booker Prize!,
This is my first Iris Murdoch novel, and it will not be my last. The theme, plot and characterzation of lost love, revenge and strength through suffering was something I could identify with. There is an almost ethereal quality to Murdoch's writing. Her characters: Charles, James, Titus, Lizzie, Rosina, Hartley, etc.. are colorful, but yet they are ghostly, wraithlike. You can't have a physical grasp on them; they will not allow it. The only thing that Murdoch allows you is to share in her …
review by . September 17, 2011
The narcissist by the sea
   “The Sea, the Sea” is a novel by Iris Murdoch about successful English actor, playwright and director Charles Arrowby who retires from London to a dilapidated house (Shruff End) on the North Sea with a vague plan to write his memoirs. Published in 1978, it won the Booker prize for fiction. The story unfolds as a first person narrative by Arrowby.         Instead of writing his memoirs, Arrowby coincidentally stumbles across his childhood sweetheart …
review by . October 18, 1999
This is my first Iris Murdoch novel, and it will not be my last. The theme, plot and characterzation of lost love, revenge and strength through suffering was something I could identify with. There is an almost ethereal quality to Murdoch's writing. Her characters: Charles, James, Titus, Lizzie, Rosina, Hartley, etc.. are colorful, but yet they are ghostly, wraithlike. You can't have a physical grasp on them; they will not allow it. The only thing that Murdoch allows you is to share in her character's …
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