Can you really know other people? Iris Murdoch explores in The Sea, The Sea

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The Sea, The Sea

Famous actor, playwright and director Charles Arrowby buys a strange old tower by the sea and escapes his busy London theatre life for what he has determined will be a quiet retirement. But an encounter with his lost first love, a constant flurry of old lovers and friends arriving and strange visions around the tower bring the drama of London and more to the seaside.

The Sea, The Sea is another I’ve been wanting to read for a good while – and it was marvellous. It was the best example of first person narrative I have ever read; using the dissonance between Arrowby’s perceptions and what actually happens to challenge his and perhaps all of our understanding of other people.

Three New Worlds

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I joined my local library last week – and got a bit overexcited. Books are on loan for three weeks so we’ll see how I go getting through these. Expect reviews coming soon – I’ve started with Hilary Mantel, A Place of Greater Safety; then there’s Murakami’s Kafka on the Shore and Iris Murdoch, The Sea, The Sea.

I always think libraries are magical. As if I can walk in, sign up, then walk out with an armful of books!