The Sea (2005) is the fifteenth book (thirteenth novel) by Irish writer John Banville. It won the 2005 Man Booker Prize.
The novel is written as a reflective journal; the setting always in flux, wholly dependent upon the topic or theme Max feels inclined to write about. Despite the constant fluctuations, Max returns to three settings: his childhood memories of the Graces—a wealthy middle-class family living in a rented cottage home, the “Cedars”—during the summer holidays; the months leading up to the death of his wife, Anna; and his present stay at the Cedars cottage home in Ballyless—where he has retreated since Anna’s death. These three settings are heavily diced and impromptly jumbled together for the novel’s entire duration.