Ocean Sea

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Knopf, 1999 - Fiction - 241 pages
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A handful of disparate lives -- each of them perilously unwhole, seeking something -- converge at a remote seaside inn: A lovelorn professor searching for the sea's end. A painter trying to capture its beginning. An inscrutable seductress banished by her husband. And a beautiful young girl, fatally ill, brought to the sea by a desperate father's last hope.

An intricate web of associations and destinies begins to reveal itself, but it is not until the arrival of a mysterious sailor called Adams that the truth in all its dreamlike beauty and monstrous cruelty becomes clear. Adams may furnish the key to the girl's salvation, but only the fulfillment of his obsessive secret purpose -- to answer murder with murder -- can conclude the journey that has brought him from the ends of the earth.

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A philosophical fable about the anomaly in the world that man is: people disturb, act, are guilty of betrayal and murder, suffer, die, tell stories and lies, while nature, represented by the sea, is ... Read full review

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I did not love you because of boredom, or solitude, or whim. I loved you because desiring you was stronger than any happiness. And I knew that after all, life is not big enough to hold together all desire can imagine. But I didn’t try to stop myself or stop you. Read full review


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Alessandro Baricco was born in Turin in 1958. His novels have won many literary prizes, including the Prix Medicis in France, and the Campiello, Viareggio, and Palazzo del Bosco prizes in Italy. He has also written works in the field of musicology. He is highly regarded in Italy as a television commentator on opera and literature.

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