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The sea: turbulent and leaden, transparent and opaque, magician and mother... When Charles Arrowby, over sixty, a demi god of the theatre- director, playwright and actor - retires from his glittering London world in order to ‘abjure magic and become a hermit', it is to the sea that he turns. He hopes at least to escape from `the woman' - but unexpectedly meets one whom he loved long ago. His Buddhist cousin, James, also arrives. He is menaced by a monster from the deep. Charles finds his 'solitude' peopled by the drama of his own fantasies and obsessions.
About the Author
IRIS MURDOCH was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She went to Badminton School, Bristol and read classics at Somerville College, Oxford. In 1948 she returned to Oxford where she became a fellow of St Anne's college. One of this century's finest and most influential novelists, and a distinguished philosopher, she was published by Chatto from her first novel, UNDER THE NET in 1954 to her last, JACKSON’S DILEMMA in 1995. Awarded the CBE in 1976, Iris Murdoch was made a DBE in the 1987 New Year's Honours List. She died in February 1999.
Booker Prize Winner in 1978. When director, playwright and actor Charles retires from his glittering London world to become a hermit, it is to the sea that he turns. He hopes to escape from 'the women' but, unexpectedly, meets one whom he loved long ago. Charles learns that his solitude is inhabited by the drama of his own fantasies and obsessions. Intellectually challenging and imaginatively satisfying, this was a great choice for the Booker Prize. (Kirkus UK)
ISBN: 9780099284093 ISBN-10: 009928409X Series: Vintage Classics Ser. Audience:
Number Of Pages: 538 Published: 3rd September 1999 Publisher: Vintage Publishing Country of Publication: GB Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 13.1
Weight (kg): 0.41
Edition Number: 1
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.