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The Sea, the Sea

A book by Iris Murdoch

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A grand edifice of writing worthy of the Booker Prize!

  • Oct 18, 1999
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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 experiences, their longings and dreams. This book makes you look hard at the character's ethics and fashions in which they choose to live their lives. It makes you ask: "Is what happens to these characters deserving?" This book is rich in description, introspective, wise and has a solitary element of aloneness as well as fantastic English prose that make it a standard bearer (my opinion) to which other present-day novels are judged.

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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 …
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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 his solitude is peopled by the drama of his own fantasies and obsessions,
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ISBN-10: 0140051996
ISBN-13: 978-0140051995
Author: Iris Murdoch
Publisher: Penguin

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