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The Bell | [Iris Murdoch]

The Bell

A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns. A new bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to her husband. Michael Mead, leader of the community, is confronted by Nick Fawley, with whom he had disastrous homosexual relations, while the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone, or almost everyone, hopes to be saved whatever that may mean.
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A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns. A new bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to her husband. Michael Mead, leader of the community, is confronted by Nick Fawley, with whom he had disastrous homosexual relations, while the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercises discreet authority. And everyone, or almost everyone, hopes to be saved whatever that may mean... Iris Murdoch's funny and sad novel is about religion, the fight between good and evil and the terrible accidents of human frailty.

©2011 Iris Murdoch (P)2011 Random House Audio Go

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  • Karen
    Oxfordshire
    10/3/12
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    "Absolute pleasure"

    What an odd and delightful mind Iris Murdoch had. Her intelligent writing, beautifully descriptive prose and colourful imagination make her stories unique, and read by Miriam Margoyles this was pure joy. I agree with the previous reviewer, if Miriam had narrated all of Murdoch's books, I would download them all. I pitied poor Dora in the possession of such an appalling husband......but presented at a time when women had fewer choices she tries her best to rebel.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • James
    Chester, United Kingdom
    6/11/12
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    "This is a pleasure!"

    Margolyse should read every Murdoch novel - her voice catches the comedy and the cleverness: note perfect.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
  • Gillian
    HEXHAM, United Kingdom
    12/1/13
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    "Showing its age..."
    Would you try another book written by Iris Murdoch or narrated by Miriam Margoyles?

    Probably. Miriam Margoyles is a marvellous reader. I used to be a fan of Iris Murdoch, but the story seemed very slow and clumsy now.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Iris Murdoch? Why or why not?

    I'd be interested to see if any others I'd read years ago still stood the test of time.


    Which character – as performed by Miriam Margoyles – was your favourite?

    Dora - although she was a bit weedy!


    Was The Bell worth the listening time?

    In short. No!


    Any additional comments?

    Worth reading if you've never come across Iris Murdoch before, or as a study in time. But not a gripping plot!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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