The Sea, The Sea

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'One of the best and most important writers writing in English-dazzlingly entertaining and inventive' The Times

Subject: Classics
The Sea, The Sea, Iris Murdoch

The sea: turbulent and leaden, transparent and opaque, magician and mother... When Charles Arrowby, over sixty, a demi god of the theatre- director, playwright and actor - retires from his glittering London world in order to `abjure magic and become a hermit', it is to the sea that he turns. He hopes at least to escape from `the woman' - but unexpectedly meets one whom he loved long ago. His Buddhist cousin, James, also arrives. He is menaced by a monster from the deep. Charles finds his `solitude' peopled by the drama of his own fantasies and obsessions.

Available Formats

  • Cassette
    $39.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9781856867900
    Published: 15/09/2003
    Imprint: Audiobooks
    Extent: 360 pages
  • Paperback
    $14.99 RRP
    ISBN: 9780099284093
    Published: 03/09/1999
    Imprint: Vintage Classics
    Extent: 560 pages
  • eBook
    ISBN: 9781409043584
    Published: 01/05/2010
    Imprint: Vintage Digital
    Extent: 576 pages
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"Derek Jacobi is compelling as Arrowbury [he] captures that removed emotion and conveys the disturbing nature of this story, hidden among the frivolity" - Kim Bunce, Observer

"a pacey and gloriously intelligent black comedy" - Karen Robinson, Sunday Times

"The warmth and charisma of Derek Jacobi's voice reading the first person narration made me go on listening to the very end." - Christina Hardyment, The Independent