The Sea the Sea Author:Iris Murdoch The sea: turbulent and leaden, transparent and opaque, magician and mother... When Charles Arrowby, over sixty, a demi god of the theatre -- director, playwright and actor -- retires from his glittering London world in order to 'abjure magic and become a hermit', it is to the sea that he turns. He hopes at least to escape from 'the woman' -- but... more » unexpectedly meets one whom he loved long ago. His buddhist cousin, James, also arrives. he is menaced by a monster from the deep. Charles finds his 'solitude' peopled by the drama of his own fantasies and obsessions.
Incredibly odd story, but very much like a British comedy - several guests at a beach house, a captive ex-girlfriend stowed away in an upper bedroom, a long-lost son suddenly appeared, a husband begging for the release of his wife, and the ensuing mayhem when the discovery of the whole mess is uncovered. I enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would.