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The Sacred and Profane Love Machine

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Swinging between his wife and his mistress in the sacred and profane love machine and between the charms of morality and the excitements of sin, the psychotherapist, Blaise Gavender, sometimes wishes he could divide himself in two. Instead, he lets loose misery and confusion and—for the spectators at any rate—a morality play, rich in reflections upon the paradoxes of human life and the nature of the battle between sacred and profane love.
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Swinging between his wife and his mistress in the sacred and profane love machine and between the charms of morality and the excitements of sin, the psychotherapist, Blaise Gavender, sometimes wishes he could divide himself in two. Instead, he lets loose misery and confusion and—for the spectators at any rate—a morality play, rich in reflections upon the paradoxes of human life and the nature of the battle between sacred and profane love.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140041118
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1984
  • Series: Penguin Books Series
  • Pages: 368
  • Sales rank: 1,377,424
  • Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.81 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2000

    flawed ending but otherwise good

    Compared to the other Murdoch novels I've read, 'The Bell' and 'The Green Knight,' 'The Sacred and Profane Love Machine' is not as well constructed. It concludes with a deus ex machina device which is rather transparent. Other than that, the novel is excellent. Murdoch has created a cast of mostly despicable characters, but has depicted them well, with scrutiny and depth. The characters are short on self-knowledge, but that is their fault, not Murdoch's. Her psychological novelist's style is admirably suited to the subject matter, surprises abound, and flashes of her wit and humor show through.

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