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The Sandcastleby Iris Murdoch
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The quiet life of schoolmaster Bill Mor and his wife Nan is disturbed when a young woman, Rain Carter, arrives at the school to paint the portrait of the headmaster.
"Of the novelists who have made their bow since the War, she seems to me to be the most remarkable." Raymond Mortimer
A sparklingly profound novel about the conflict between love and loyalty
The quiet life of schoolmaster Bill Mor and his wife Nan is disturbed when a young woman, Rain Carter, arrives at the school to paint the portrait of the headmaster. Mor, hoping to enter politics, becomes aware of new desires. A complex battle develops, involving love, guilt, magic, art, and political ambition. Mors teenage children and their mother fight discreetly and ruthlessly against the invader. The Head, himself disenchanted, advises Mor to seize the girl and run. The final decision rests with Rain. Can a great love” be purchased at too high a price?
About the Author
Iris Murdoch, award-winning author of 26 novels and several works of philosophy, drama, and poetry, is a Dame of the Order of the British Empire and a former Fellow of St. Anne's College, Oxford, England.
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