The Sea, the Seaby Iris Murdoch
Charles Arrowby, leading light of England's theatrical set, retires from glittering London to an isolated home by the sea. He plans to write a memoir about his great love affair with Clement Makin, his mentor, both professionally and personally, and amuse himself with Lizzie, an actress he has strung along for many years. None of his plans work out, and his memoir evolves into a riveting chronicle of the strange events and unexpected visitors-some real, some spectral-that disrupt his world and shake his oversized ego to its very core.
Author Bio: Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) taught philosophy at Oxford for many years. She is the author of 26 novels, and also wrote several works of philosophy, criticism, and drama.
Mary Kinzie, a poet and critic, founded the writing program at Northwestern University, where she teaches.
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Dame Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) was one of the most acclaimed British writers of the twentieth century. Very prolific, she wrote twenty-six novels, four books of philosophy, five plays, a volume of poetry, a libretto, and numerous essays before developing Alzheimer's disease in the mid-1990s. Her novels have won many prizes: the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for The Black Prince, the Whitbread Literary Award for Fiction for The Sacred and Profane Love Machine, and the Booker Prize for The Sea, The Sea. She herself was also the recipient of many esteemed awards: Dame of the Order of the British Empire, the Royal Society of Literature's Companion of Literature award, and the National Arts Club's (New York) Medal of Honor for Literature. In 2008, she was named one of the Times' (London) 50 greatest British writers since 1945.
Mary Kinzie is the author of Ghost Ship and The Cure of Poetry in an Age of Prose.
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The story starts out a little slow. its written as a sort of diary\memoir. Things pick up after the first fifty pages or so. The characters are fun and full of life, I laughed out loud many times. I had to read this for a class but it is definitely going in my permanent collection.
This book has a slow but beautiful pace and the story has stayed with me for over 10 years - I find the author's art to be incomparable and I would strongly recommend this book.
was very good.