Author Archives: johnbrucecairns

About johnbrucecairns

I'm a retired history teacher who's written for most of his life with a book readied for publication.

Review of Iris Murdoch’s The Fire and the Sun

‘Words lead to deeds and we ought not to brutalize our minds by abusing and mocking other people.’ I don’t like making a fool of other people nor their being made fools of but I do use irony a lot … Continue reading

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Review of Iris Murdoch’s Sovereignty of Good

I’d agree with Iris Murdoch ‘an unexamined life can be virtuous.’  ‘Goodness is a function of the will.’  ‘Thought cannot be thought unless it is directed towards a conclusion.’  I can’t agree it follows its own paths without the intervention … Continue reading

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Review of Iris Murdoch’s ‘Sartre’

This is the first book of Iris Murdoch I read except for the introduction which came later.  She says ‘Sartre attempts to see history as “driven… by human willed purposes, so that it’s explanation and being lies in a study … Continue reading

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Grouting

John said Manuel had gone through all of us for sex, that I was dancing reluctantly with him.  I have only the most skiting recollection of this but, on telling Adrian what John said, he remembered I had, latterly to … Continue reading

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Impromptu

Couldn’t sleep for resenting John’s foisting himself on me for Xmas to avoid providing for himself in his new home which has had a fridge with nothing in it and a cooker unused from the beginning of the week while … Continue reading

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Review of Iris Murdoch’s Nuns and Soldiers

Out of kindness a woman character gives a feckless young man of her family circle a job, that of looking after her holiday home in France, and then, because of circumstances, decides she has to get away herself and ends … Continue reading

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Review of Iris Murdoch’s The Black Prince

The author covers the rationale of the book’s being written chronologically without that narrative being affected by the outcome in a foreword by the narrator. He contends life is utterly unlike art.  Not necessarily, not if you have the kind … Continue reading

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