The Sea by John Banville is a novel consisting of many different stories. They are all about the sea, and how it surrounds us all, sometimes drowns us. It’s about memories and loss, love and death. It all comes together at the end with the memory of the protagonist watching his childhood friends drown in the ocean while he stood on the beach. The cover shows two figures wading in the sea at sunset, reflecting the story of an old man with his memories at the end of his life.