A Town By The Sea

A Town By The Sea When I awoke the tongue of the tide was lapping at my feet and the sea had claimed my belongings The sand on which I lay was so stiff there was no trace of my footprints across it An observer viewing

  • Title: A Town By The Sea
  • Author: Chris Paling
  • ISBN: 9780099477662
  • Page: 417
  • Format: Paperback
  • When I awoke the tongue of the tide was lapping at my feet and the sea had claimed my belongings The sand on which I lay was so stiff there was no trace of my footprints across it An observer viewing me from above might have imagined I had been washed upon the shore from a shipwreck Another would perhaps have construed that I had been cast away by choice If I had enco When I awoke the tongue of the tide was lapping at my feet and the sea had claimed my belongings The sand on which I lay was so stiff there was no trace of my footprints across it An observer viewing me from above might have imagined I had been washed upon the shore from a shipwreck Another would perhaps have construed that I had been cast away by choice If I had encountered my inert body I would have made the former assumption although the latter is much closer to the truth With these words, the narrator of A Town by the Sea sets off towards a coastal town which lies some distance to the east of him But he also embarks on a journey into his past Along the way he encounters ghosts, he climbs a tall tower and is marooned in the clouds, he meets a ruffian and a dandy, he is attacked and tied to a cart, and, in the garden of a derelict house, he glimpses a scene from his childhood Slowly, the mystery of how he arrived on the shoreline is solved, but is this the end of his journey, or just another stop along the way

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    1. It is impossible to determine whether Paling is striving for Beckett-style genius in this novel by sharing with the reader an absurdist tale of one man's journey to self-acceptance, or whether indeed Paling merely managed to write an entirely absurd novel which makes little sense most of the time, picks up intriguing plot lines and drops them within a few sentences, fails to really develop supporting characters and instead offers a one page Sherlockian/Freudian analysis of their whole lives befo [...]

    2. Mash up of travelogue and one of those weird stories a throwback narrator would spin at a village fete in 1927. The novel's set in a town that's got a number of quirks that tend to range from the improbable to the structurally impossible.I enjoyed this a lot, partly because it's nice for a book to throw in curveballs every few pages to keep you on your toes, and partly because it's got a quaint, olde-worlde feel to it.

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