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The Sea, The Sea

Murdoch, Iris

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ISBN 10: 0701123397 / ISBN 13: 9780701123390
Published by Chatto & Windus, London, 1978
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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Stated second impression, 1978. An early British edition of the much-admired novel by Dame Iris Murdoch. This work was awarded the Booker Prize in 1978, and features the incredibly egotistical retired playwright and actor Charles Arrowby, who retires in a remote cottage by the sea. --- In full teal paper-covered boards, with gilt-stamped spine titling. Jacket features front cover image of a high-cresting wave and Mount Fuji, a detail from a work by Katsushika Hokusai. The back of the jacket with a detail from a wall painting in the Golden Hall of the Horyu-ji in Nara, Japan. --- A clean, firm, unmarked copy but with yellowing to all leaves. Bright jacket with a little foxing at edges and w/price-clipped flap; in removable mylar protector. ; 8vo 8" - 9" tall; 502 pages. Bookseller Inventory # 78345

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Title: The Sea, The Sea

Publisher: Chatto & Windus, London

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good+

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First published in 1978, this is the story of Charles Arrowby who, retiring from his glittering London world in order to abjure magic and become a hermit turns to the sea: turbulent and leaden, transparent and opaque, magician and mother. But he finds his solitude is peopled by the drama of his own fantasies and obsessions,

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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.

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