A review, and links to other information about and reviews of The Sandcastle by Iris Murdoch. The Sandcastle begins with a fractious dialogue between Mor (the main character) and his wife Nan. It becomes clear within only a few pages. VINTAGE CLASSIC MURDOCH: Funny, subversive, fearless and fiercely intelligent, Iris Murdoch was one of the great writers of the 20th century. To celebrate.

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That was so interesting. The word “themes”, naturally, said in Stephen Fry’s voice There are so many things, subtle and not so subtle, that contribute to the way the story is put together perfectly Read more Read less.

And even as I poured sea water over it, the sun would dry it up at once. There is only one reference to a ‘sandcastle’ in the book. In addition to mmurdoch career as a teacher, Mor has ambitions in politics. It was the day following the disaster with the Riley. His relationship with them was very interesting. When I tried to make a sandcastle, the sand would just run away between my fingers.

To me that intuitiveness of her young characters irks and kids always has a ring of truth in it. There are quite a few of them and they are all wonderful.

Iris Murdoch – The Sandcastle

The writing is good, and occasionally sparkles, and there is the sandcasgle cast of unusual and opinionated characters, which makes for decent good fun along the way. The Black Prince Penguin Classics. We want to think love and everything else are permanent fixtures, but nothing in this world is a sure bet. It is the story of a middle-aged schoolmaster Bill Mor with political ambitions who meets a young painter Rain Cartercome to paint a former school headmaster’s portrait.


I love Iris Murdoch, but never thought to compare her to Gordimer. Read reviews that mention iris murdoch public school sandcastle young novels relationship artist english girl middle-aged perhaps tge teacher.

The Sandcastle by Iris Murdoch

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Your guess is as good as mine. And then Murdoch delivers two lines which put their entire relationship into perspective: Bill Mor, a sandcast,e and teacher at St.

Even though it’s extremely depressing, which is a thing that – in most cases – always puts me off reading. View all 11 comments. You are commenting using your WordPress.

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The plot describes the ageing academic, Mor, and his brilliantly infuriating wife, Nan, in the power struggle of their largely loveless marriage. That is to say, she is a true artist, one that is naturally and wonderfully lost in the world of her creation. Rain, however, was not thinking now about the Riley. You talk myrdoch if you were confessing the secrets of your heart to someone who wanted to hear them.

I cannot recall how many Iris Murdoch books I have read. Your review has really made me anxious to finally give Murdoch a shot the print is so small, and I assume the writing is so dense!

His wife, Nan, is opposed — it means less money and offers no security, and they have their teenage children to think of both a bit on the dull side. She laid the brush down. Irie was she thinking about William Mor, although that was a subject which had preoccupied her for a while before she retired to bed the previous evening.



Having finished this novel earlier this evening, I kept thinking about the reasons that make her so adapt murdoh well suited for writing novels. The whole seemingly solid structure of the Mors’ world is found to be precarious, for when Mor falls desperately in love with Rain Carter the collapse of their family life seems inevitable.

Rain had chosen as part iri the background one of the rugs which, as it seemed to her, spoke the theme again. Though Murdoch I have never read a book which details the hopes and despair of an ill-conceived affair so well, but without romanticising it in the slightest.

This page was last edited on 22 Novemberat Looking for More Great Reads? Really enjoyed – about a private boy’s school teacher in England mid century and his marriage and dreams. Did you try The Bell? But Mor’s future is even further complicated when Rain Carter — a painter hired to paint sandcastl portrait of the former headmaster — comes on the scene.

To ask other readers questions about The Sandcastleplease sign up. Sandcaatle am always positive about Iris Murdoch’s books simply because of the detailed character descriptions, insight into motivation and clever storytelling.