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The Marriage of the Sea

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In a damp Venetian palace, Oswaldo contemplates the ravages of time to his body and his beloved city. In New York, Lach savors his freedom, having just dropped Vera to join his new love, Francesca, in Venice. In rainy London, Max packs for New Orleans, in pursuit of Lucinde, a woman he barely knows. From New Orleans, Lucinde flies to the aid and comfort of Vera, who has accepted a grant to paint in Venice. While elsewhere in the Crescent City, Anton, leaving for Venice, sketches a good-bye upon the slumbering body of his wife, Josephine. With wit, sympathy, and surpassing deftness, Jane Alison choreographs an intricate dance among these characters, whom love and loneliness, aspiration and desperation, have drawn to two famously romantic, venal, and elusive cities of water.

Jane Alison is also the author of the novel The Love-Artist. She lives in Germany.

A New York Times Notable Book

In a damp Venetian palace, Oswaldo contemplates the ravages of time to his body and his beloved city, and dreams up a way to hold mortality at bay. In New York, Lach steps out into the crisp, clear night to savor his freedom, having just dropped Vera to join his new love, Francesca, in Venice. In rainy London, Max packs for a precipitous move to New Orleans, in pursuit of Lucinde, a woman he barely knows. In New Orleans, Lucinde plans to fly to the aid and comfort of Vera, who, betrayal or no, has accepted a grant to go paint in . . . Venice. And elsewhere in the Crescent City, Anton, sleepless before he leaves to seek his big break inwhere else?Venice, sketches a good-bye upon the slumbering body of his wife, Josephine.

With wit, sympathy, and surpassing deftness, Jane Alison choreographs an intricate quadrille among these characters, drawn by love and loneliness, aspiration and desperation, to two famously romantic, venal, and elusive cities of water.

"Wrenching and beautifully written . . . A dreamlike, gorgeously watery novel."San Francisco Chronicle

"[I]ntricate, elegant . . . [T]he connections among the characters, their struggles to know and be known, are revealed in ways that seem exactly right."The New York Times Book Review

"[E]nthralling . . . positively Shakespearean . . . [A] book of troubling marvels."The Memphis Commercial Appeal

"As intriguing as the densely interwoven lives of [her] fascinating cast is Alison's literary use of the water that surrounds them . . . The Marriage of the Sea is soap opera en aqua, where the watery surrounds become a metaphor for the fluidity of human life . . . [F]lows with stylistic brilliance."The Baltimore Sun

"[O]ne of those novels that the reader knows is literature from the very first page."Islander

"[A] beautiful . . . and affecting novel . . . The prose is lovely and vibrant, its observations precise and revealing . . . The sort of pleasure that many writers do not or cannot achieve."Edmonton Journal

"Readers of Alison's wondrous bringing to life of Ovid (The Love-Artist) will find here the same highly controlled lushness in a contemporary story that starts slowly but gains power. . . . Ambitious, complex, challengingly intellectualand yet Alison manages it all with a clarity, learnedness, and rigor that bring into being a creation of real beauty, albeit also of sorrow. Hers is a real and significant attempt, and a real achievement."Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"It is Alison's razor-sharp technique for incorporating the essence of her backdrop into the p0personalities dominating her fiction that makes this a uniquely flavored novel drawn from a refined talent."Booklist

"Alison's poetic sensibility reveals itself in lyrical, intense prose and surprising juxtapositions. Each character's feverish thoughts rise to a crescendo of emotional turmoil and release, and in the process, carry the reader on a sinuous journey of discovery."Publishers Weekly

Synopsis:

A dreamlike, gorgeously watery novel.

Synopsis:

In a damp Venetian palace, Oswaldo contemplates the ravages of time to his body and his beloved city. In New York, Lach savors his freedom, having just dropped Vera to join his new love, Francesca, in Venice. In rainy London, Max packs for New Orleans, in pursuit of Lucinde, a woman he barely knows. From New Orleans, Lucinde flies to the aid and comfort of Vera, who has accepted a grant to paint in Venice. While elsewhere in the Crescent City, Anton, leaving for Venice, sketches a good-bye upon the slumbering body of his wife, Josephine. With wit, sympathy, and surpassing deftness, Jane Alison choreographs an intricate dance among these characters, whom love and loneliness, aspiration and desperation, have drawn to two famously romantic, venal, and elusive cities of water.

About the Author

Jane Alison is the author of The Love-Artist. She lives in Germany.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780312422554
Author:
Alison, Jane
Publisher:
Picador USA
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
New Orleans (La.)
Subject:
New orleans
Subject:
Romance - Contemporary
Subject:
Venice (Italy)
Subject:
Venice
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Number:
1st Picador ed.
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series Volume:
RG 327
Publication Date:
20040431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
272
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.614 in

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In a damp Venetian palace, Oswaldo contemplates the ravages of time to his body and his beloved city. In New York, Lach savors his freedom, having just dropped Vera to join his new love, Francesca, in Venice. In rainy London, Max packs for New Orleans, in pursuit of Lucinde, a woman he barely knows. From New Orleans, Lucinde flies to the aid and comfort of Vera, who has accepted a grant to paint in Venice. While elsewhere in the Crescent City, Anton, leaving for Venice, sketches a good-bye upon the slumbering body of his wife, Josephine. With wit, sympathy, and surpassing deftness, Jane Alison choreographs an intricate dance among these characters, whom love and loneliness, aspiration and desperation, have drawn to two famously romantic, venal, and elusive cities of water.

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