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“SUD­DENLY the full, long wail of a ship’s horn surged through the open win­dow and flooded the dim room — a cry of bound­less, dark, de­mand­ing grief; pitch-black and glabrous as a whale’s back and bur­dened with all the pas­sions of the tides, the mem­ory of voy­ages be­yond count­ing, the joys, the hu­mil­i­a­tions: the sea was scream­ing. Full of the glit­ter and the frenzy of night, the horn thun­dered in, con­vey­ing from the dis­tant off­ing, from the dead cen­tre of the sea, a thirst for the dark nec­tar in the lit­tle room.”

THE SAILOR WHO FELL FROM GRACE WITH THE SEA (1963)

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