The Sailor Who Fell from Grace with the Sea Paperback
A band of savage thirteen-year-old boys reject the adult world as illusory, hypocritical, and sentimental, and train themselves in a brutal callousness they call 'objectivity'.
When the mother of one of them begins an affair with a ship's officer, he and his friends idealise the man at first; but it is not long before they conclude that he is in fact soft and romantic.
They regard this disallusionment as an act of betrayal on his part - and the retribution is deliberate and horrifying.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 11/03/1999
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099284796
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Review by soylentgreen23
A boy watches his mother "romance" a sailor she has met, looking to replace the boy's father, who is gone. He watches in silence, letting it disgust and excite him. And what does that say about the reader?"The Sailor Who..." has one of the most twisted and sickening endings to a book I have ever read, and I should think that it explains why such a high proportion of those LTers to have read it have reviewed it too. It's a quick read, and best approached during daylight hours.