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The Man Booker Prize Best Novel

"He is a master, and his prose gives continuous sensual delight."
Martin Amis


Incandescent prose. Beautifully textured characterisation. Transparent narratives. The adjectives to describe the writing of John Banville are all affirmative, and The Sea is a ringing affirmation of all his best qualities. His publishers are claiming that this novel by the Booker-shortlisted author is his finest yet, and while that claim may have an element of hyperbole, there is no denying that this perfectly balanced book is among the writer's most accomplished work.

Max Morden has reached a crossroads in his life, and is trying hard to deal with several disturbing things. A recent loss is still taking its toll on him, and a trauma in his past is similarly proving hard to deal with. He decides that he will return to a town on the coast at which he spent a memorable holiday when a boy. His memory of that time devolves on the charismatic Grace family, particularly the seductive twins Myles and Chloe. In a very short time, Max found himself drawn into a strange relationship with them, and pursuant events left their mark on him for the rest of his life. But will he be able to exorcise those memories of the past?

The fashion in which John Banville draws the reader into this hypnotic and disturbing world is non pareil, and the very complex relationships between his brilliantly delineated cast of characters are orchestrated with a master's skill. As in such books as Shroud and The Book of Evidence, the author eschews the obvious at all times, and the narrative is delivered with subtlety and understatement. The genuine moments of drama, when they do occur, are commensurately more powerful. --Barry Forshaw

 
Used availability for John Banville's The Sea


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Hardback Editions

June 2006 : USA Hardback
Title: The Sea
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-7862-8676-8 / 978-0-7862-8676-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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November 2005 : USA Hardback
Title: The Sea (Man Booker Prize)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-307-26311-8 / 978-0-307-26311-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Knopf
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June 2005 : UK Hardback
Title: The Sea
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-330-48328-5 / 978-0-330-48328-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Paperback Editions

August 2013 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sea (film tie-in)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 1-4472-4949-6 / 978-1-4472-4949-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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February 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sea (Picador 40th Anniversary Edition) (Picador 40th Anniversary Editn)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 1-4472-0284-8 / 978-1-4472-0284-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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May 2006 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sea
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-330-48329-3 / 978-0-330-48329-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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August 2006 : USA Paperback
Title: The Sea
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 1-4000-9702-9 / 978-1-4000-9702-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage International
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2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sea
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-330-44273-2 / 978-0-330-44273-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: Clearway Logistics Phase 1a
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June 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sea
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-330-43625-2 / 978-0-330-43625-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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June 2005 : UK Paperback
Title: The Sea
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-330-44589-8 / 978-0-330-44589-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Picador
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Audio Editions

February 2008 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Sea
Author(s): John Banville
Publisher: Pan Macmillan Publishers Ltd.
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August 2006 : USA Audio CD
Title: The Sea
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 0-7393-3377-1 / 978-0-7393-3377-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Random House Audio
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August 2006 : USA Audio edition
Title: The Sea
Author(s): John Banville
Publisher: Random House Audio
Availability: Amazon   

April 2006 : UK Audio CD
Title: The Sea
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 1-4050-9073-1 / 978-1-4050-9073-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Macmillan Digital Audio
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March 2006 : USA Audio CD
Title: Sea, the (Lib)(CD)
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 1-4159-3090-2 / 978-1-4159-3090-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Books on Tape
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2006 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: THE SEA
Author(s): John Banville
ISBN: 1-4159-3093-7 / 978-1-4159-3093-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: BOOKS ON TAPE
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Kindle Editions

December 2007 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Sea (Vintage International)
Author(s): John Banville
Publisher: Vintage
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