Reading Guides, VOLUME 12

Iris Murdoch – Introductory Reading Guide

February 8 marks the 20th anniversary of Irish novelist and philosopher Iris Murdoch. 

In remembrance, we offer this introductory reading guide to her work.

5. [easyazon_link identifier=”0140041117″ locale=”US” tag=”douloschristo-20″]The Sacred and Profane Love Machine: A Novel[/easyazon_link]

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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Image Credit: From the cover of Peter Conradi’s biography Iris Murdoch: A Life [ Buy Now ]






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C. Christopher Smith is the founding editor of The Englewood Review of Books. He is also author of a number of books, including most recently How the Body of Christ Talks: Recovering the Practice of Conversation in the Church (Brazos Press, 2019). Connect with him online at: C-Christopher-Smith.com


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