Banville's The Sea is a slim novel that explores the way grief, love, and childhood memories intersect, with the ever-changing but steady sea as a backdrop. Banville used a number of words in his novel that I had to read more than once because I wasn't sure if they were real or invented, such as "quietus" and "bosky," which kept me on my toes. Every single page contained memorable passages, but these were a few of my favorites:
How wildly the wind blows today, thumping its big soft ineffectual fists on the windowpanes. This is just the kind of autumn weather, tempestuous and clear, that I have always loved.Also, she understands me to a degree that is disturbing and will not indulge my foibles and excesses as others do who know me less and therefore fear me more.