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The Sea Lady | [Margaret Drabble]

The Sea Lady

Two distinguished guests are travelling separately towards a ceremony where they will meet for the first time in three decades. Both are apprehensive as they review the successes and failures of their public lives, and their secret history. Humphrey and Ailsa met as children, by the grey northern sea to which they are returning.
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Publisher's Summary

Two distinguished guests are travelling separately towards a ceremony where they will meet for the first time in three decades. Both are apprehensive as they review the successes and failures of their public lives, and their secret history. Humphrey and Ailsa met as children, by the grey northern sea to which they are returning. Humphrey was a serious child already, drawn towards the underwater world of marine biology, but there were as yet few signs of Ailsa's dazzling transformation into a flamboyant feminist celebrity. Through the evolution of their careers and their passionately entangled relationship, Margaret Drabble examines the ways in which place, chance, and time merge to make us what we are.

©2006 Margaret Drabble; (P)2006 RNIB

What the Critics Say

"For all its dark knowledge, oceanic psychology, and spiny social critique, Drabble's novel is as scintillating as a sunny day onboard a fast-moving sailboat on the life-sustaining sea." (Booklist)
"Nothing as simple as a love story, this prismatic novel shines as a faceted portrait of England's changing mores, as an ode on childhood's joys and injustices, and a primer for marine biology, complete with hermaphrodite crayfish and fossils of sea lilies. Seductive as the tides, it pulls the reader in." (Publishers Weekly)

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    12/31/12
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    I was really disappointed with this book since I normally like Margaret Drabble's books. I'm afraid I thought it was quite boring pretty much throughout

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