every Starbucks should have a polar bear (scoradh) wrote,
every Starbucks should have a polar bear


The Sea, John Banville


After his wife's death, a man goes back to the seaside resort where his childhood friends drowned. BECAUSE THAT IS SO TOTALLY LOGICAL. There's a 'twist' that you can see coming miles down the road, like a big fucking articulated lorry. What is it with twins and Bookers?!

The main character, whose name I have mercifully forgotten, is the most hideous fictional character I've ever come across.

My daughter, a fastidious spinster - alas, I am convinced she will never marry

That is something I have always found with women, wait long enough and one will have one's way.

I would cruelly beat poor Pongo, for the hot, turmid pleasure I derived from its yelps of pain and supplicatory squirmings.

It was imperative that I save her from herself and her faults.

To give the book its due, it does give a reasonable account of the experience of a cancer patient.

A doctor must be as good an actor as a physician.

True ... but why is Dr 'Todd' an 'appropriate' name for an oncologist?

But she was not in pain, not yet; there was only what she described as a general sense of agitation, a sort of interior fizzing, as if her poor, baffled body were scrabbling about inside itself, desperately throwing up defences against an invader that had already scuttled in by a secret way, its shiny back pincers snapping.

Q: What is it about hospital rooms that makes them so seductive?


Previously, on Book Glomp 2010:
The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories, Anton Chekhov
I'll take you there, Joyce Carol Oates
Middlesex, Jeffrey Eugenides
The School for Husbands, Moliere
On Green Dolphin Street, Sebastian Faulks
The Famished Road, Ben Okri
Lord of the Flies, William Golding
Moby Dick, Herman Melville
A Farewell to Arms, Ernest Hemingway
Nineteen Eighty-Four, George Orwell
The Sea, the Sea, Irish Murdoch
Heart of Darkness, Joseph Conrad
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
The Graveyard Book, Neil Gaiman
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