“The Time of the Angels”, by Iris Murdoch

Novel, 1966 The world of an atheist rector, his daughter and his niece, who have recently moved to London from the countryside, and their household and close acquaintances. A book of darkness, both literal and metaphorical, with little relief or let up, with characters held together in strange power plays and family ties. The hints of hope are always just that; hints against a backdrop … Continue reading “The Time of the Angels”, by Iris Murdoch

"The Flight from the Enchanter", by Iris Murdoch

Novel, 1956 A novel which starts with a good deal of energy and potential, but which doesn’t entirely succeed under the weight of a large number of characters. Most of these are well drawn and interesting, although it’s hard to feel much sympathy or connection with any of them, except – perhaps – Rose. The subsequent dreamy detached atmosphere is perfectly enjoyable, though events drift … Continue reading "The Flight from the Enchanter", by Iris Murdoch

"The Nice and the Good", by Iris Murdoch

Novel, 1968 A real lesson in engaging the reader with a hefty cast of characters, including more than a few conflicts and clashes. This is a book which really grips from the off and drives the reader through ever an more chaotic and unlikely plot, which keeps the pages turning even as more and more incredulity sets in. Shades and echoes of all sorts here, … Continue reading "The Nice and the Good", by Iris Murdoch