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The Bell - Iris Murdoch, A.S. Byatt
The Bell
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A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an order of sequestered nuns. A new bell is being installed when suddenly the old bell, a legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. And then things begin to change. Meanwhile the wise old Abbess... show more
A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an order of sequestered nuns. A new bell is being installed when suddenly the old bell, a legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. And then things begin to change. Meanwhile the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone, or almost everyone, hopes to be saved, whatever that may mean. Originally published in 1958, this funny, sad, and moving novel is about religion, sex, and the fight between good and evil.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780141186696 (0141186690)
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 320
Edition language: English
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Ana V.
Ana V. rated it
4.0 The Bell (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Another amazing book from Iris Murdoch. She managed once more to bring up some questions about types of behaviour in this life, in a very londonese-like spirit, gently uncovering mysteries of human nature.
Bettie's Books
Bettie's Books rated it
5.0
mp3 Unabridged and read my Miriam Margoyles.I love me some vintage Iris: She is a word-smith extrodinaire.
modusa
modusa rated it
whenever i pick up an iris murdoch novel, it seems initially that i am embarking on a tale with conventional romance trappings, and then, very quickly, there is a moment of unease, and i begin to understand that she has lured me away from the safe harbour where her story begins, and that the univers...
Cecily's book reviews
Cecily's book reviews rated it
5.0
Religious community life: tension, spirituality, suppressed sexuality, practicality. Less overtly philosophical than Under the Net.
Lavinia
Lavinia rated it
I like Murdoch, she writes without inhibitions about such subjects as morality, sex and religions. The Bell has a special charm, combining the three subjects mentioned before. I really liked the way she portrays her characters, Michael, Dora and Nick, who, without any specific reason, became my favo...
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