Sunday, October 5, 2014
October Selection: Iris Murdoch's The Sea, The Sea
The book club member who chose Iris Murdoch's 1978 The Sea, The Sea for our October selection is...currently overseas. But much of the book club seemed at least mildly interested in reading the book anyway...or too lazy to choose another, despite my earnest pleas for David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas 2 (actual title: The Bone Clocks). Anyway, The Sea, The Sea appears to be about theatre, so that's cool by me. Plus, I've sadly never read Murdoch's work, despite the fact that one of her novels was on my comprehensive exam list. I'm glad there were no questions about that one!
Let's take a look at the original NY-Times review:
"[Murdoch's] stories, including this one, are marked by an uncommon variety and complication of incident; the reader is continually surprised and shocked by the abrupt appearances, disappearances and reappearances of characters, unexpected couplings and uncouplings, sudden shifts into bizarrerie, epiphanies of the spiritual and invasions of the demonic."
Not sure I've ever seen the word "bizarrerie" used before, but I dig it. I'm also pretty sure there are no actual demons in this book.
Let's get reading!
I'm hoping to snag this Penguin Classics edition: