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Book Title: The Sandcastle|
The author of the book: Iris Murdoch
Edition: Penguin Books
Date of issue: 1988
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Description: The quiet life of schoolmaster Bill Mor and his wife Nan is disturbed when a young woman, Rain Carter, arrives at the school to paint the portrait of the headmaster.
The setting is St. Bride's, described as a sound and reputable public school of the second class. The senior master, Bill Mor, is writing a work on the nature of political concepts. He is one of those dangerously good men dedicated to the truth. His wife, Nan, has a more sceptical nature, but she too is dedicated to an abstraction - the idea of marriage. They have two adolescent children.
There are tensions, but everything is in control until Rain Carter, a young artist, appears on the scene. Her presence has an electrifying and disastrous effect. The whole seemingly solid structure of the Mors' world is found to be precarious, for when Mor falls desperately in love with Rain Carter the collapse of their family life seems inevitable.
In the end patterns of order at least are restored; externally tragedy has been avoided, at whatever hidden cost. Miss Murdoch has written a masterpiece of high comedy, but it continues to haunt the mind.
A tideless sea. I can recall, as a child, seeing pictures in English children's books of boys and girls playing on the sand and making sandcastles - I tried to play on my sand. But a mediterranean beach is not for playing on. It is dirty and very dry. The tides never wash the sand or make it firm. When I tried to make a sandcastle, the sand would just run away between my fingers.
It would mislead others if I give this 4* as the plot is very thin, however, I thoroughly enjoyed Mor and Rain's angst. The symbolism is hob-nailed in at the denouement, yet the descriptive writing is sublime: Murdoch seems to of had the knack of writing so naturally, chatily.
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Read information about the authorDame Jean Iris Murdoch
Irish-born British writer, university lecturer and prolific and highly professional novelist, Iris Murdoch dealt with everyday ethical or moral issues, sometimes in the light of myths. As a writer, she was a perfectionist who did not allow editors to change her text. Murdoch produced 26 novels in 40 years, the last written while she was suffering from Alzheimer disease.
"She wanted, through her novels, to reach all possible readers, in different ways and by different means: by the excitement of her story, its pace and its comedy, through its ideas and its philosophical implications, through the numinous atmosphere of her own original and created world--the world she must have glimpsed as she considered and planned her first steps in the art of fiction." (John Bayley in Elegy for Iris, 1998)
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