Category Archives: Review

Review of Murdoch’s Existentialists and Mystics

Murdoch says, in a revised conversation with Magee, ‘any artist must be at least half in love with his unconscious mind which after all provides his motive force and does a great deal of his work.’  Mine was behind Sketch … Continue reading

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Review of Iris Murdoch’s Jackson’s Dilemma

Why all that about Jackson? I asked myself.  To establish him, of course, after a late entry, but would dinner guests spend all that time talking of a servant?  The host character is working on Heidegger who quotes from Heraclitus, … Continue reading

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Review of Iris Murdoch’s poems, A Year of Birds

I’m not sure of ‘Behind the plough their kite tail’ of seagulls in January unless its heaviness is to add lift to the next line, ‘Or ride transparent in the sky.’  The repeated ‘in the sky’ is perhaps one too … 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 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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