The Sea, The Sea

Over at the B&N Review they run down 44 Booker winners in 25 words each, which gives me a chance to plug Iris Murdoch’ The Sea, The Sea.

The Sea, The Sea by Iris Murdoch — Insightful story of a retired man who pretends that forty years of an unfulfilled life do not exist. Intellectually intriguing and emotionally compelling: A masterpiece.

Indeed, it’s an incredible book. Here are my thoughts on it.



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I love that book! The only bad thing about it is that it was my first Murdoch novel, leaving the others I’ve read looking just not as good by comparison.

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