It is no easy thing to pinpoint the precise moment when a life changes, when the different things a man might do are rendered impossible.
In THE SEA, winner of the 2005 Man Booker Prize for Fiction, narrator Max Morden returns to the seaside spot where he spent his holidays as a boy. He comes back to mourn his wife, dead of cancer, contemplate his own death, and remember the incidents of a certain summer. Impressively, the novel tacks in two directions at once, capturing the beginning of Max's life and the near end with equal poignancy.
In the beginning, Max was an unhappy, lonely boy, embarrassed by his poverty and the unending sq