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Preview — Elegy for Iris by John Bayley
Elegy for Iris (The Iris Trilogy #2)
True story of the lifelong romance between novelist Iris Murdoch and her husband John Bayley, from their student days through her battle with Alzheimer's disease.>
Kate Winslet ... Young Iris Murdoch
Hugh Bonneville ... Young John Bayley
Judi Dench ... Iris Murdoch
Jim Broadbent ... John Bayley
Penelope Wilton ... Janet Stone
It's curious to see 2 characters from Dowton Abbey, Hugh Bonneviile and Penelope Wilton playing together in this movie. And Kate Winslet and Judi Dench are sple ...more
I picked this up because I liked the movie; I watched the movie not because I’d ever heard of Iris Murdoch but because it stars Judi Dench and Jim Broadbent as the older Iris and John, and Kate Winslet and Hugh Bonneville as the younger versions. That’s a great team of actors, and the movie is good.
I found the book a ...more
"A melodious, affecting tribute to one of the greatest writers of her time--now stricken with Alzheimer's disease--by her devoted husband of over forty years "I was living in a fairy story--the kind with sinister overtones and not always a happy ending--in which a young man loves a beautiful maiden who returns his love but is always disappearing into some unknown and mysterious world, about which she will reveal nothing." So writes John Bayley about his wife, Iris Murdoch, considered by ...more
This is a memoir of Iris Murdoch written by her husband after she's been overtaken by Alzheimer's disease. Judging by the fact that I have Judi Dench on the cover of my copy rather than Iris herself I'm guessing it's been made into a film.
Murdoch was a favourite writer of mine for a long time. That makes it sound like I don't like her any more, I'm sure I do. I just haven't read anything of hers for a long time. Probably because she wrote her last book in 1996ish just before the Alzheimer's diag...more
But Ms. Murdoch suffers from Alzheimer's disease, as Mr. Bayley, himself a literary critic and novelist (''The Red Hat''), reveals in the second chapter of his touching book. He writes: ''The power of concentration has gone, along with the ability to fo ...more
I regret not being familiar with Murdock' s work prior to reading this memoir. I am sure I would have enjoyed it more had I read her novels. John Bayley gives us the backgrounds, life experiences and thought processes behind some of ...more
There is a very good film of the story, Iris.
I suppose these memories are fitting, as much of this memoir involves the day-to-day and the domestic, as John Bayley remembers his life with Iris Murdoch once brilliant and vivacious, now reduced to a shadow of her former sel ...more
The feelings run deep, the tone an ...more
The first part of the book was boring to me. John's infatuation with Iris was a little pathetic. The whole history of their early
life together seemed very mundane. There is nothing wrong with that,
but just not much to make interesting reading.
The later part when he relates Iris's struggle with Alzheimer's
disease and his struggle with being her caretaker is more interesting.
It's seems as they were both lackadaisical housekeepers and cooks
throughout their life so it was especially hard for him ...more
John Bayles writes at first about his memories of meeting and falling in love with his wife, the writer/philosopher, Iris Murdoch. The latter part of the book focuses on losing her to Alzheimer's and his role as caretaker.
Despite his occasional anger and frustration, he continues to love and cherish Iris as she mentally leaves him and her life behind.
What a terrible disease -- but we should all be lucky enough to have a John Bayles type around if ...more