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By the Sea: By the winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature 2021

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His novels, such as Paradise and Afterlives, tell of the traumas of emigration, diasporic identities, and the experience of loss. While Lucy still grieves for her late second husband David, she finds herself comforted by William’s presence and remains concerned for the well-being of her daughters both of whom are experiencing rough patches in their relationships.

However, I feel reading the preceding books in the Amgash series prior to this one would enable the reader to fully appreciate and feel invested in the character and her story. On a late November afternoon Saleh Omar arrives at Gatwick Airport from Zanzibar, a far away island in the Indian Ocean. It is a story of love and betrayal, of seduction and of possession, and of a people desperately trying to find stability amidst the maelstrom of their times.The picture Gurnah paints of the asylum-seeker's lot in late 20th-century Britain is not a favourable one. Rick Gekoski, one of the Booker judges who argued for The Sea, later wrote in its defence: "'It is a work of art, in the tradition of high modernism, and I'll bet it will still be read and admired in 75 years". Explore the everyday expressions that have nautical origins and learn how to tie a multitude of nautical knots - it's all here! The selection of The Sea for the Booker Prize was a satisfying victory for Banville, as his novel The Book of Evidence was shortlisted in 1989 but lost to The Remains of the Day by Kazuo Ishiguro. And it's a persistent fascination, something Larkin described, in Poetry of Departures, as 'this audacious, purifying, elemental move,' the mere prospect of which left him 'flushed and stirred'.

But he looked up from leafing through my joke document with a look of suppressed joy in his eyes, like a fisherman who has just felt a tug on the line. Weeks turn into months, and it's just Lucy, William, and their complex past together in a little house nestled against the sea. We learn of the Cedars' current house-maid, Miss Vavasour, and her other tenant: a retired army Colonel, often described as a background character (even during his important role in the denouement).Introspective, insightful and so beautifully real, Lucy by the Sea by Elizabeth Strout is an exquisite novel that I would not hesitate to recommend.

You want to read on to see why Saleh has sought asylum when his life (from what we are told) has been full of enteprise and comfort.To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Rajab Shaaban--the name on his passport--does not explain to the British immigration authorities why he needs asylum, expecting only to be accepted, as the government of Zanzibar has been officially designated "as dangerous to its own citizens". Poor Lucy – it’s heartbreaking, but she reflects on these things with such insight and understanding it’s almost superhuman. Except for my girls, and maybe even them I had made up, I mean their graciousness to me and to each other, how did I know?

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