The Sacred and Profane Love Machine

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Penguin, Mar 6, 1984 - Fiction - 368 pages
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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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User Review  - Snukes - LibraryThing

I found this book to be depressing. It glorified the affair and the destruction of the family, using a deux ex machina to create resolution that allowed the protagonist to escape any accountability. Gross. Read full review

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User Review  - metamariposa - LibraryThing

Murdoch is a terrific writer--this was the smoothest, most elegant writing I've encountered in a while now that I'm not in English anymore and I'm slumming in most of my pleasure reading. The first ... 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.

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