The Sea Lady by Margaret Drabble

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Humphrey Clark and Ailsa Kelman spent a summer together as children in Ornemouth, a town by the gray North Sea. Now, as they journey back to receive honorary degrees from a new university there—Humphrey on the train, Ailsa flying—they take stock of their lives, their careers, and their shared personal entanglements, romantic and otherwise. Humphrey is a successful marine biologist, happiest under water, but now retired; Ailsa, scholar and feminist, is celebrated for her pioneering studies of gender. Their mutual pasts unfold in an exquisite portrait of English social life in the latter half of the twentieth century.
 

About Margaret Drabble

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MARGARET DRABBLE is the author of The Sea Lady, The Seven Sisters, The Peppered Moth, and The Needle's Eye, among other novels. For her contributions to contemporary English literature, she was made a Dame of the British Empire in 2008.
 
Published May 12, 2008 by Mariner Books. 354 pages
Genres: Romance, Literature & Fiction, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense. Fiction

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An intense melancholy pervades the latest novel from the prolific and always thoughtful Drabble (The Red Queen, 2004, etc.), as she untangles the twisted strands of a 50-year relationship between a marine biologist and a well-known feminist.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Sea Lady

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In Margaret Drabble’s novel, an estranged couple return to the North Sea town where they met.

May 27 2007 | Read Full Review of The Sea Lady

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In Margaret Drabble’s novel, an estranged couple return to the North Sea town where they met.

May 27 2007 | Read Full Review of The Sea Lady

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Humphrey grows up into a really nice man - again, not an easy thing to write about - but when he and Ailsa, who is not a very nice woman, although an entertaining one, first meet again as adults and fall in love, the episode fails to engage on the deep level of the Ornemouth summers.

Jul 21 2006 | Read Full Review of The Sea Lady

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Los Angeles Times 4 of 5 Stars"The novel as a whole expresses itself in extended scientific metaphors, but where at times the narrative of The Peppered Moth seemed in danger of becoming a mere mannerism by this technique, here Drabble uses the imagery in a more fruitful manner.

Aug 07 2007 | Read Full Review of The Sea Lady

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