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The Sea by John Banville
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Jul 10, 07

Read in July, 2007

any reader of depressing irish fiction (or watcher of indie films) will know exactly what the final twist is as soon as they've read about twenty pages of this book. i don't know. maybe, despite predecting the ending, i just didn't get it. some of the sentences are gorgeous, some of the imagery is perfect and unexpected (ex. the man and his wife, after getting some very bad news, fall into bed 'like toppled statues'), but in the end reading this felt like a chore.

if you want to read a book about the poetic musings of an old man as he moves into his twilight years, i recommend "rings of saturn" by w.g. sebald.
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