The Genius of the Sea
by Naeem Murr
From the author of "New York Times" Notable Book "The Boy" comes this mesmerizing evocation of the worlds that live within a single man, and the mysteries at the heart of life. Heralded by "The New York Times Book Review" as having a "genius for the unexpected," and as a writer of "sharply intelligent prose," Naeem Murr arrived on the literary scene with his critically ac...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 3rd 2003 by Free Press
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This is the 3rd Naeem Murr novel that I've read, and like "The Boy," this has an ending that leaves you wanting a discussion group to help you figure out what really happened. Despite the somewhat elusive resolution, I really liked this novel. Murr is one of the few novelists I've found who make me pause and re-read a sentence, in order to really appreciate the beauty of his imagery and prose. And this novel has the same dark, moody, almost menacing tone of his other 2 novels, which I liked.
Very well written, great moodiness and melancholy, and likeable characters that do mean things to each other. I only wish it had ended better, so I could give it five stars. I don't like books to trail off. That is what real life is for. Stories are supposed to have a well-defined stopping point.
Naeem Murrʼs first novel, The Boy, was a New York Times Notable Book. Another novel, The Genius of the Sea, was published in 2003. His latest, The Perfect Man, was awarded The Commonwealth Writersʼ Prize for the Best Book of Europe and South Asia, and was long-listed for the Man Booker Prize. His work has been translated into eight languages. He has received many awards for his writing, most recen...moreMore about Naeem Murr...