First of all:
the winner of the free book.
The winner is Fredrik J. CONGRATULATIONS
, Fredrik. Please contact
me as soon as possible to let me know whether you want an e-Book copy or a proper book. I will also need your contact details.
There will be another giveaway later in the year, so keep your eyes open.
The book being reviewed this week is Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch by John Bayley. I read the book many years ago, and I was disappointed that the book concentrated more on the person Iris had become and not on the person she had been.
On the front cover are the words: 'The
greatest love story of our age; incomparable'. I have read a few of
the editorial reviews, and the feeling seems to be very much the
same: a wonderful tribute to Iris Murdoch. I love Iris Murdoch's
writing, and, over the years, I have read many of her novels. She was
a gifted person, intellectually surpassing many of her peers. Iris:
A Memoir of Iris Murdoch interlaces all that was so positive
about Iris Murdoch with the sadness and the degradation of the
illness that finally ended her life. In fact, at times, I feel that,
in the book, the greatness of Iris Murdoch becomes obliterated by
long descriptions of her inability to think and/or communicate as she
used to be able to think/communicate. The book is frightfully sad,
and it left me wondering as to what its main purpose might have been.
Perhaps it is a love story, but I feel that a true love story would
have concentrated much more on Iris as she really was, not on the person she
became because of a devastating illness.