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Iris Murdoch
Chatto & Windus; 1ST edition (December 1958)
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The Bell is a novel by Iris Murdoch. Published in 1958, it was her fourth novel.

The Bell is a novel by Iris Murdoch. The setting is Imber Court, a country house in Gloucestershire that is the home of a small Anglican lay religious community.

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The absent Paul, haunting her with letters and telephone bells and imagined footsteps on the stairs had begun to be the greater torment. Читать онлайн The Bell. Their faces, if not already buried in books, reflected the selfish glee which had probably been on her own a moment since as she watched the crowd in the corridor. There was another aspect to the matter.

Until now, the characters in Iris Murdoch's novels had been concerned with having a good life rather than living one; a subtle difference perhaps, but a profound one. Interestingly, Iris Murdoch once said, "I don't think philosophy influences my work as a novelist. Yet The Bell clearly pointed the way towards her later novels, all of which have a philosophical component.

IRIS MURDOCH was born in Dublin in 1919, grew up in London, and received her university education at Oxford and later at Cambridge. Published in Penguin Books 2001. In 1948 she became a Fellow of St. Anne’s College, Oxford, where for many years she taught philosophy. She died on February 8, 1999. Murdoch wrote twenty-six novels, including Under the Net, her writing debut of 1954, and the Booker Prize-winning The Sea, The Sea (1978).

Iris Murdoch's funny and sad novel is about religion, the fight between good and evil and the terrible accidents of. .A new bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to her husband

Iris Murdoch's funny and sad novel is about religion, the fight between good and evil and the terrible accidents of human frailty. 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. Iris Murdoch's funny and sad novel is about religion, the fight between good and evil and the terrible accidents of human frailty.

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Author: Iris Murdoch. A distinguished novelist of a rare kind. 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.

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First published in 1958, Iris Murdoch's funny and sad novel is about religion, the fight between good and evil and the terrible accidents of human frailty. Encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns, is a community of very mixed-up people waiting for the installation of a new bell, but then the old one is rediscovered.
  • Jothris
In December 2016, the book discussion group met at The LGBT Center in NYC to discuss this novel by a famous, but now rather ignored, British writer.

While one member couldn't finish the novel because of the language and several readers commented on the very thorough descriptions of every vista, bush, and extraneous thought expressed, all of us liked the novel and some of us rather loved it.

It's a bit old fashioned (perhaps in the best possible way) and British (originally published and a best seller in 1958). But the psychology and insight into human behavior remains realistic, and the discussion why characters are attracted (and repulsed) to religion and to each other rings true. In many ways the plot seems like an old Agatha Christie mystery with a group of unlikely characters drawn to a country house with a series of extraordinary events unfolding to reveal the characters' motivations. A number of the jokes and wacky characters are still funny and clever.

The novel starts a bit slowly, perhaps why a few readers had a problem getting interested in it at the beginning. After I got to Chapter 7, however, which describes Michael's and Nick's school affair that took place many years before the current events of the novel, I was committed to the story, the characters began to be rounded out, and the story takes flight. But I was captivated from the first pages and was WOW-ed by the end of the first chapter when Dora arrives at the train station for Imber Court with a butterfly in her clasped hands.

The spiritual setting is not a deterrent. I never felt preached to, even though "The Bell" treats us to two extensive sermons that advance the nature of the characters and resonate with the plot. Murdoch is very even-handed in her treatment of religion and the non-religious, even pointing out the forced silence and presumed loneliness of the cloistered nuns. It's probably good to mention that all the names are very British and meaningful. The officious James Tayper Pace is always referred to with all three names (say it out loud), Nick stands in for the devil "Old Nick," and most of the religious community has appropriate New Testament names, which serves to make Toby stand out as a real outsider.

The novel itself is full of parallel characters and mirrored events: James Tayper Pace and Michael - each with their very different but paired sermons, the drunk Nick and his idealized identical twin sister Catherine, mismatched couples such as the Greenfields and the Staffords, the two mishandled affairs that Michael has, two suicides, and even the two bells (which are like characters). "The Bell" was written well before Gay Liberation, but Michael's and Nick's homosexuality is very open and non-judgmental. There's little coming-out trauma or questioning of the characters' gayness although period-appropriate homophobia is realistically presented. (In retrospect, James Tayper Pace is probably also gay but celibate, and Toby will turn out to be bisexual.)

The ending is a bit of farce: lots of running around, unexpected appearances of characters, costumed towns people, missed connections, and lifesaving nuns. One of the saddest moments in the novel, however, is the howling of Murphy the dog before the long denouement.

It's worth thinking about what the physical bells represent (something that wakes you up, the truth mired in muck?), as well as Nick's final "sermon" and act of destruction.

I had a hard time imagining the physical layout of the Imber buildings around the lake, so I've created a map and attached it. If anybody has corrections or another proposal, send them and I'll update my map.
  • Grarana
This is a book about religion and sex. The holy and the secular. Love and discord. Community and solitude. Hope and despair. This classic work by British novelist Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) is rightly considered one of the greatest English novels.

"The Bell" is the story of a lay community and their guests who live at Imber Abbey, all of who are well-meaning men and women, but each of whom is beset with personal problems. Attached to--but separated from--the lay community is an Anglican Benedictine convent, whose members vow to never leave the grounds. Enter the bell. The convent's tower once had a bell, and the legend of its disappearance is a central thematic part of the novel. The community has commissioned a new bell, which arrives and is "baptized." I shall reveal no more!

"The Bell" has everything you want in a novel: an entertaining plot, wholly-developed characters that seem to pop off the page, poetic language (every word is important), and for the English majors in the crowd lots of imagery and symbolism to be analyzed and enjoyed.
  • Naril
A universe of laymen has created itself to surround an enclosure of Benedictine nuns, and in this universe two forces of nature dominate. There is Michael, the leader and creator of this community whose Christian faith is fuelled by his homosexuality. And then there is Dora Greenfield, a temporary import to the community, but whereas Michael is the obvious anchor and bedrock Dora is very much the fleeting and floating butterfly.

Both Michael and Dora are entirely flawed and delightful characters. There's something enormously noble about Michael, but there's also something fundamentally flawed about him as well. Michael finds himself drawn to serve an order of nuns when he is fired from a private school for having a homosexual affair with an underage student, an event that still lingers with lust in his heart many years after the fact -- in seeking negation he is also seeing absolution and redemption, something that he struggles for throughout the book.

There is in fact nothing noble about Dora. She is young and pretty, and thus flaky and flighty. As a mediocre and poor art student she chose the wise and practical course of marrying a wealthy scholar thirteen years her senior, a wise and practical decision that would end up tormenting her so much that she would leave him to start an affair before, at the beginning of this book, deciding to return to him. She is hopelessly silly and aimless, though she is saved and redeemed not by her belief in God, which does not exist, nor by her love, which does not exist either, but simply by the fact that she cannot remember anything she's ever done and that she has more or less accepted the fact that she'll never change her ways. Despite her obvious and appalling flaws Iris Murdoch has infused her with a spirit and an obliviousness that makes Dora very attractive -- and we can see why Paul Greenfield, a stern and severe scholar who has absolutely no patience for Dora's ditziness and dalliances would be madly irrevocably in love with her.

If Michael's arrival would herald the birth of the religious community, Dora's arrival would mark its death. And the characters who come to the community leave very much the same way they came. Michael would find a new cause to capture his religious fervor, and Dora would continue her wandering.

"The Bell" is simply a delight to read -- gorgeous prose, compelling characters, and wickedly funny.