February 8 marks the 20th anniversary of Irish novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch.
In remembrance, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.
We’ve ordered this list in the order that we think the books should be read, and we offer a brief explanation of why each book was included. We’ve included excerpts of most the books via Google Books.
1) [easyazon_link identifier=”014118616X” locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Sea, The Sea: A Novel[/easyazon_link]
Winner of the Booker Prize!
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.