The Sea, the Sea
Thank goodness Murdoch really knows how to write, I actually loved reading "The Bell" a couple of years ago and I promised myself I'd keep on reading Murdoch. But I never knew which one to continue with, and, yes, I was scared of their length :). And I chose this one because it was mentioned in a really nice in...more
I like the way Dame Iris Murdoch developed her characters and the way she introduced them in the plot. I read this in 5 working days (Monday to Friday) and did most of the readings a home (some in the gym while resting). In the morning, I put the book by my si...more
This is probably a 4.5. I was wary about reading Murdoch again after Under the Net, which I didn't enjoy at all. This one had everything that I love in life and don't often find united in a novel: elaborate planning for simple tasty lunches; the English seaside; ludicrous and highly improbable action (a sea monster? Can anything more awesome possibly show up in a heretofore realist novel?); and a lot of thought about how to be good and how to love.
One of my favorite things about this novel was t...more
Iris Murdoch's are like intellectual pscyhological soap operas and this has everything in it.
Here we have the memoirs of Charles Arrowby. The story he tells is brutal and haunting, not always on the surface but mostly in the characters' psyches. These poor people should not be dealing with each other, but somehow out of their interaction comes a sense not just of redemption but also of transcendence. Arrowby is a despicable man--here he...more
Charles Arrowby, narrator of The Sea, The Sea, is an egoist; but, as he himself points out, does that make him so exceptional? Much of the novel is about how we control others, and how what we know of others is filtered through our own ideas and desires. Even his profession (theatrical director) is an aspect of this.
Now retired, Charles has bought himself a house by the sea. There, he begins an autobiogrphy, but soon discovers that one of the pe...more
Charles Arrowby is a successful playwright and director, during his working life he lived in London.
For many reason he decides to write his memoir in a remote location washed by the sea he will be haunted by the philosophical meaning of masks wore during his plays.
During his voyage he will discover his true personality made of egotism, selfishness and the meaning of love which is interpreted by Mary Hartley Fitch and Lizzie.
“But now the...more
Arrowby is at once smitten and obsessed with Hartley and the book becomes a complicated tangle of jealousy, obsession and possibly even madness. The line between reality and fiction (in Arro...more
gifted. She manages to be both blunt and mysterious -- she writes clear prose that shows but does not tell (neither she nor her characters lecture us). She creates characters and scenes of depth and l...more
In the beginning of the novel he begins his journal rambling and muddling through all kin...more
I've read the book and really enjoyed it. For me it is about love, what it is, what i...more
From the opening passage, this book enveloped me. Everything: Murdoch's language, the beautiful construction of her story, the vividly presented backdrop, the scathingly subtle black humor, the ease in which she depicts the self deceptions of the spiritual life and the difficulty in navigating the line that separates imagination and fantasy and the ease in which she voices her male narrator.
Charles Arrowby, is a parodically self absorbed, vain, womanizing cretin. A successful theatre director,...more
But then things become increasingly outrageous as he runs into a past love and is joined at his ho...more
Murdoch's specialty is irony, and before long the reader becomes aware of Charle...more
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.