The Sea, The Sea

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Penguin, Mar 1, 2001 - Fiction - 528 pages
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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.

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User Review  - AlisonY - LibraryThing

Bravo, Iris Murdoch - this was extremely clever and uncomfortable reading. But my goodness - it took me 170 pages to get hooked. Charles Arrowby is perhaps one of the most dislikable protagonists I've ... Read full review

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User Review  - neurodrew - LibraryThing

This was a difficult book, mostly because of the protagonist Charles Arrowby, who seems to be egotistical and blind to others, inciting one to rage at his behavior. Nonetheless he keeps your attention ... Read full review

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Iris Murdoch†(1919–1999) was born in Dublin and brought up in London. She studied philosophy at Cambridge and was a philosophy fellow at St. Anne's College for 20 years. She published her first novel in 1954 and was instantly recognized as a major talent. She went on to publish more than 26 novels, as well as works of philosophy, plays, and poetry.

Mary Kinzie is the author of six previous collections of poetry. Her earlier volumes include†Drift,†Autumn Eros, and†Summers of Vietnam. She is the literary executor of American poet Louise Bogan and the author of†A Poet’s Guide to Poetry.

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