A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Sandcastle by Iris Murdoch. The Sandcastle begins with a fractious dialogue between Mor (the main character) and his wife Nan. It becomes clear within only a few pages. VINTAGE CLASSIC MURDOCH: Funny, subversive, fearless and fiercely intelligent, Iris Murdoch was one of the great writers of the 20th century. To celebrate.

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Not just the man, his irritating! So, to me she still is a remarkable writer, even if she is not physically writing any more. She also said irie I would probably like them because I’m somber too. The tragedy is that Nan is deeply unhappy as well- on some level.

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I am glad to be making a head start as I think you are a quicker reader than I am, although with the same butterfly tendencies moving from book to book depending on the mood. In the end patterns of order at least are restored; externally tragedy has been avoided, at whatever hidden cost.

Would highly recommend, especially if, like me, this is your first encounter with Iris Murdoch. Sad but also really funny at times. View all 3 comments.

This is the fourth book I’ve read by her and the fourth one sadcastle which a swimming scene figures prominently. Add ACE info 3 9 Apr 12, She takes a singular experience and renders it universally lris for the reader. His relationship with them was very interesting. Demoyte himself would be looking back, away from the window, his glance not quite meeting mrudoch of the spectator.


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Bill Mor, a housemaster and teacher at St. Strong-willed and independent-minded Nan needs careful handling, especially sandcastld company, but Mor can handle that; it’s only when it comes to acting decisively himself that he generally gets all muddled.

Typically, when Mor wants to make a clean breast of his infatuation she retorts: Are you having a Murdoch year?

Despite him falling in love with other woman and being so lost in his feelings, you got this feeling that he is the one that deeply cares about them, not his wife- yet he is so awkward around them. One person found this helpful.

AmazonGlobal Ship Orders Internationally. The Time of the Angels. The sandcastle of the title may be symbolic of the impermanence of hopes and dreams.

Please try again later. Each week, our editors select the one author and one book they believe to be most worthy of your attention and highlight them in our Pro Connect email alert. I think Gordimer almost always gets away with this risky endeavor, and I think Murdoch succeeds perfectly in The Sandcastle.

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Nan’s no-nonsense approach is a particularly nice contrast to Mor — “don’t be so utterly spineless and dreary”, she tells him, the most spineless and dreariest of men A Year of Birdsrev. Her presence has an electrifying and disastrous effect.

In fact, I think what makes her a great writer is that she is able to put all that aside. This seems to be quite a dysfunctional family in a way, especially Felicity who believes she has a special “gift”. It was too dry to hold together. The senior master, Bill Mor, is writing a work on the nature of political concepts.


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I liked both the story itself and the way it was written. Sometimes what governs us is purely accidental. It was rather that this particular motif, combined with the colour scheme which seemed to be imposing itself, was a somewhat swndcastle one and might soften the picture too much. No need to go any further than that. She is as hard on her female characters as she is on sandczstle men.

It is more than attention to detail.

Meanwhile, Mor rather haplessly hems and haws between the familiar comfort of his marriage and family — Nan is no dear, but he is used to her ways and there’s comfort in that irsi — and his passion for the artist.

Rain, who knew nothing of this side of Mor’s life, decides to leave him in order not to be in the way of his ambitions and resolves to go back to France.