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Widower's House

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With this volume, John Bayley completes his trilogy, looking back on the years in sickness and health which he and Iris spent together, and attempting to come to terms with her absence. As time goes by he finds himself beset with new and alarmingly unfamiliar problems: he suffers equally from the helplessness of being alone and the kindly harassment of well-wishers; discov ...more
Published May 16th 2002 by Abacus (UK) (first published March 22nd 2001)
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Michael Bryson
Widower's House: A Study in Bereavement (or how Margot and Mella forced me to flee my home)
by John Bayley
W.W. Norton, 2001

Deep in his narrative, John Bayley confides: "The bereaved should maintain at all costs the privacy and, in their own eyes, the singularity of their status. A privilege not to be transgressed."

Following a section break, he continues: "I might have been feeling more and more desperate but I was also getting more and more pompous."

Pages later he writes: "Being a widower had tur
Not the best book to be reading this week. Final book in a trilogy, haven't read the other two yet. Could never ever get into Iris Murdoch's works and much of this book is similarly above my comprehension. But some powerful insights into the days, weeks and months following the loss of a partner which echoed strongly within me. Examples include the memory flashes triggered by small incidents and the waterfall-like outpourings of sudden grief. Will go looking for the other two books, if I can bea ...more
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Professor John Bayley CBE, FBA, FRSL is a British literary critic and writer.

Bayley was born in Lahore, British India, and educated at Eton, where he studied under G. W. Lyttelton, who also taught Aldous Huxley, J. B. S. Haldane, George Orwell and Cyril Connolly. After leaving Eton, he went on to take a degree at New College, Oxford. From 1974 to 1992, Bayley was Warton Professor of English at Oxf
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