The Sea, The Sea

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Penguin, Mar 1, 2001 - Fiction - 528 pages
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Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor, both professionally and personally, and amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years. None of his plans work out, and his memoir evolves into a riveting chronicle of the strange events and unexpected visitors-some real, some spectral-that disrupt his world and shake his oversized ego to its very core.

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A re-read after listening to the recent radio 4 dramatisation. An excellent book, even though I found the central plot of Charles' irrational and self-absorbed pursuit of Hartley rather dull. The ... Read full review

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I can't say I found the story very interesting. However I had the constant feeling while reading it that it should have been set as a theatre production, and it was only by visualising it as a play that I finished the book. Read full review

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Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She is the author of 26 novels and several works of philosophy. She died in 1999.

Mary Kinzieis a poet and critic. She is professor of English and director of creative writing at Northwestern University, where she teaches poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction. She is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Poetry and the Folger Shakespeare Library's O. B. Hardison Poetry Award.

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