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The Sea, the Sea Summary
Iris Murdoch

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The Sea, the Sea Summary

Plot Summary

This book, published in 1978, is at times written as a journal or in first person narrative, is the story of an eventful summer late in the life of Charles Arrowby, a famous man of the British theatre. Arrowby is an actor, playwright, director, and romancer of women.

The novel begins with Charles having just retired from what he tends to think of as the glittering superficiality of the theatre world and moving to what he also tends to think is the relative peace of coastal England. He has purchased a house near the sea, Shruff End, has moved in with very little, and seems resolved to let go of old emotional habits, practices and beliefs. He plans to live simply, eat purely, and think quietly.

Charles' friends from London seem to have other ideas. A series of letters and uninvited visitors repeatedly disrupts Charles' refuge, the most disturbing...

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