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The Sea, the Sea; A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch

The Sea, the Sea; A Severed Head

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    Apr 05, 2016 | 696 Pages

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Praise for The Sea, the Sea
 
“Dazzlingly entertaining and inventive.”
—THE TIMES (London) 
 
“One of Miss Murdoch’s best novels . . . Murdoch was always balancing the demands of storytelling with the more urgent need to examine how the truth of a fleeting life reflected the larger, permanent truths of existence.”
—THE NEW YORK TIMES
 
“Murdoch’s subtly, blackly humorous digs at human vanity and self-delusion periodically build into waves of hilarity, and Arrowby is a brilliant creation: a deeply textured, intriguing yet unreliable narrator, and one of the finest character studies of the twentieth century.”
—THE GUARDIAN
 
Praise for A Severed Head
 
“Beautifully and wittily written.”
—THE NEW YORK TIMES
 
“This is a comedy with that touch of ferocity about it which makes for excitement.”
Elizabeth Jane Howard
 
“Remarkable . . .  One feels a power of intellect quite exceptional in a novelist.”
—THE SUNDAY TIMES (London)
 
 “Murdoch’s novels are not merely cerebral exercises in ideas about moral philosophy, ethics and aesthetics, although those ideas shape her fiction. They are also shot through with the dark energies of occult forces, variously figured as Eros, the id, the unconscious, the repressed, the monstrous, the supernatural, the libidinous . . . Murdoch’s fictional experiments . . . fuse realism with the mystical.”
—from the Introduction by Sarah Churchwell

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