This dark land rising was like that day in his childhood, swimming, when from nowhere the largest wave in the history of remembering slammed him down in salt mud and green darkness, water burning mouth and nose, retching his stomach, screaming!
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The smell made me retch.
Then I grew sick, and retched to vomit, but could not, for I had nothing in my stomach to bring up.
Daniel Defoe -- The Further Adventures of Robinson Crusoe