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For a shortish book, it takes a long time to read. Banville's text is one that constantly demands admiration and analysis.

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If the preciosity was used solely for comic effect it banville el mar work better, but I suspect Banville is after some elegiac granite here.

The Sea has some sharp vignettes and its characters occasionally jerk into life, but story deficiency would, I'm afraid, be my final diagnosis. There's banville el mar of lovely language, but not much novel. In The Sea, however, vagueness serves no higher intellectual purpose.

The languorous ambience of Max's prose, indeed the entire structure of the novel, seems to exist only to permit Banville his exquisite scrimshaws of style.

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One reads the novel by turns admiring the polish of the language, and frustrated by a sense of authorial self indulgence and safety -- the familiar banville el mar and performances, the gelid plot, the inconsequentiality of it all.

The Sea, feels -- disappointingly from such a gifted and interesting banville el mar -- tired and retried, and other near-anagrams indicating second-handedness. One periodically rereads a sentence just to marvel at its beauty, originality and elegance.

The Sea offers an extraordinary meditation on mortality, grief, death, childhood and memory.

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banville el mar It's not a comfortable novel, but it is undeniably brilliant. Brandishing Roget's apotropaic caduceus, Banville's prose is flocculent and positively crepitant with memory's torsions, but the strangury of obscure vocabulary tends to embalm The Sea in a hebetudinous catafalque.

Such opposing ends made of the same material, which is language. Certain grammatical structures are repeated time and again. I believe this is meant to cause an estrangement effect on the reader, much like the one Nicolas is having towards the existing world and the language we use to denominate things.

The fragment is supposed to defamiliarize the reader banville el mar her language, so at times I chose to use phrases that are not all common in Spanish. Language should be rhythmically banville el mar, but, on a deeper level, what remains is that language is slippery and untrustworthy—even in the middle of the nursery rhyme there is an uncanny appearance of loss, suggesting the loss of communication, of saying what we mean effectively.


For this court mathematician, vexed by domestic strife, appalled by the religious upheavals that have driven him from exile to exile, and vulnerable to the whims of his eccentric patrons, astronomy is a quest for banville el mar form of divine order.

Eduard Castanyo The Sea They departed, the gods, on the day of the strage tide.


All morning under a milky sky banville el mar waters in the bay had swelled and swelled, rising to unheard-of heights, the small waves creping over parched sand that for years had known no wetting save for rain and lapping the very bases of the dunes.

There would be no other way to live with death. His muteness was a pervasive and cloying emanation. As an art historian, Max is familiar with touching up portraits: They both have a problematic daughter, referred to by two names beginning with C.

Both had, or fantasised about, a youthful relationship with banville el mar mother figure, the similarly named Mrs Grace and Mrs Gray.

And in this case, the inadvertent temptress even offers him an apple.

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