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Op zand gebouwd The quiet life of schoolmaster Bill Mor and his wife Nan is disturbed when a young woman Rain Carter arrives at the school to paint the portrait of the headmaster

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  • Author: Iris Murdoch Els Veegens-Latorf
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  • The quiet life of schoolmaster Bill Mor and his wife Nan is disturbed when a young woman, Rain Carter, arrives at the school to paint the portrait of the headmaster.

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    Dame Jean Iris MurdochIrish born British writer, university lecturer and prolific and highly professional novelist, Iris Murdoch dealt with everyday ethical or moral issues, sometimes in the light of myths As a writer, she was a perfectionist who did not allow editors to change her text Murdoch produced 26 novels in 40 years, the last written while she was suffering from Alzheimer disease She wanted, through her novels, to reach all possible readers, in different ways and by different means by the excitement of her story, its pace and its comedy, through its ideas and its philosophical implications, through the numinous atmosphere of her own original and created world the world she must have glimpsed as she considered and planned her first steps in the art of fiction John Bayley in Elegy for Iris, 1998 enpedia wiki Iris_Mur


  • Description: The quiet life of schoolmaster Bill Mor and his wife Nan is disturbed when a young woman, Rain Carter, arrives at the school to paint the portrait of the headmaster.The setting is St. Bride's, described as a sound and reputable public school of the second class. The senior master, Bill Mor, is writing a work on the nature of political concepts. He is one of those dangerously good men dedicated to the truth. His wife, Nan, has a more sceptical nature, but she too is dedicated to an a [...]

  • My mother read a couple of Murdoch books but never continued with this author because, as she put it, she found her work a bit too 'somber'. She also said that I would probably like them because I'm somber too. I suspect what she was referring too was Murdoch's implacable insight - a quality which, as an online acquaintance puts it, is downright preternatural at times. Murdoch is uncompromising in her meticulous, scrupulous characterisations, presenting people as realistic and complex. It would [...]

  • Iris Murdoch is an exceptional novelist. I’m using a present tense despite the fact that she isn’t among the living, because I believe that in a way writers always live on- at least in their works. So, to me she still is a remarkable writer, even if she is not physically writing any more. Having finished this novel earlier this evening, I kept thinking about the reasons that make her so adapt and well suited for writing novels. One of these is surely her intellect. That her intellect was qui [...]

  • 4.5 starsThis is Iris Murdoch’s third novel. It revolves around Bill Mor, a middle-aged teacher in a minor public school. He has a wife (Nan) and two children (Donald and Felicity). He also has some political ambitions; to stand as a Labour Candidate in a local parliamentary seat. He hasn’t yet had the courage to tell his wife as she will be opposed to this and generally gets her own way. Into this situation comes Rain Carter; a talented painter almost half Bill’s age. She is there to pain [...]

  • This is the first Iris Murdoch book I have read and I know it will not be the last. One word sums up The Sandcastle to me, and that word is WOW!! Loved it, loved it, loved it!Set around a boy's school and its staff, we meet Mor, his rather forceful wife, Nan, and their two teenage offspring, Don and Felicity. This seems to be quite a dysfunctional family in a way, especially Felicity who believes she has a special "gift". Then enters into the story some of the school staff, Revvy Evvy, Demoyte, [...]

  • Espléndido libro de la escritora irlandesa Iris Murdoch (1919-1999), lleno de equilibrio, proporcionalidad, dinamismo y profundidad. Equilibrio en el detalle de hondas introspecciones con diálogos, narración, acción, descripción y algo de intriga, ficción y mordacidad. El esquema narrativo de la autora se basa en frases cortas que hacen bastante ágil la lectura y que por lo general cada una de ellas está cargada de un mensaje que suele dar en el blanco para enfrentarnos de lleno con disy [...]

  • I cannot recall how many Iris Murdoch books I have read. They have all been amazing, and it has taken quite a bit of self-restraint to resist reading each and every one of her books, one after the other. But I have thus far succeeded because I like to space out the goodness.The Sandcastle is a brief and straightforward novel about a family man who is unhappy with his marriage, and drawn toward a much younger woman who shows up in town for a spell. What I appreciated most about the book is the hu [...]

  • My favorite Murdoch so far. There was an incessant current of vitality in the novel, even the henpecked and the discarded found itself surged and embraced. That's a feat in itself.

  • THE SANDCASTLE. (1957). Iris Murdoch. *****. This novel by Murdoch (1919-1999) easily qualifies as a five-star performance, even though there were a couple of sections that could easily have been edited out and provided additional forward motion to the plot. It’s the story of Bill Mor, a middle-aged, married schoolmaster who falls violently in love with a young woman painter who has been commissioned to paint a portrait of the recently retired headmaster. The story becomes complicated by Nan, [...]

  • After all, he thought, I can be guided by this. Let me only make clear what I gain, and what I destroy.My very first Murdoch exceeded all my expectations. I frankly hardly know where to start, or even what I want to say. Funny, suspenseful, a loud, relentless hymn of creation and destruction. Rarely does one see such brilliant harmony between plot, character development, and hard work on developing the underlying themes. (The word "themes", naturally, said in Stephen Fry's voice)There are so man [...]

  • Interesting story for Murdoch. Mor is a teacher and housemaster at St Bride's school. His wife Nan is a carping, controlling woman who has beaten her husband down with a superior attitude. They have a teenage son who attends St Bride's and a pubescent daughter at another private school. Because I have read Harry Potter, I am familiar with this English school scene. A young female painter arrives at St Bride's where she has been commissioned to paint the portrait of the former headmaster. Mor fal [...]

  • Read the book for the first time for my secondary school exams, early in 1982. Bought a copy some years later and read it again, as I really liked it.

  • Another very satisfying Murdoch read, for me. She captures the complexity and contradictions inherent in human nature and human relationships. I liked it a lot.

  • I feel like this book was very British, and very 1960s style - a lot of words and details, not a lot of dialogue, VERY little action. Not my favorite style, personally.

  • I really liked this--it is my favorite of the three of her books that I've read or re-read so far. As the cover of the book says very accurately, it is about "the conflict between love and loyalty." Well, perhaps I would complicate that a bit. I'm not giving anything away (it is on the back cover description of the book) to say that the protagonist has to choose between his powerful love for a young painter and his loyalty to his family. What complicates the book description I mentioned is that [...]

  • So much of what happens that is significant in this story (as in life) takes place in the minds of its characters in response to seemingly insignificant minutae. Murdoch has an amazing ability to capture the subtle shifts in thought or feeling which trigger an avalanche of responses from ourselves and from others. Which is not to say that the story is uneventful or merely cerebral. I like also how supernatural elements are suggested throughout, but gently, giving you the sense that there is some [...]

  • This is my third novel by Iris Murdoch, and probably the one I like the most. This may be because I don't remember the other books(Brunos Dream, the other title escapes me) except that I liked them. This novel is the story of Mor, a teacher in a private school married to a controlling wife, Nan. Without giving to much away, Mor ends up in a situation where he can start his life over with a younger women, Rain, or pursue his dreams within the confines of his marriage. This novel (one of Murdochs [...]

  • All that Muriel Spark was somehow the appetizer to the four Murdoch's currently in my queue - don't you think Murdoch (or Margaret Drabble for that matter) are more deserving of the Nobel than Doris Lessing?Finished this - a good 'un! - a pretty standard Murdoch plot in which one half (often it's both) of a long-married couple with teenage children gets distracted - the affair is tempestuous but doomed, drama is injected by one of the children getting into some life-threatening scrape (I'm serio [...]

  • I am always positive about Iris Murdoch's books simply because of the detailed character descriptions, insight into motivation and clever storytelling. The prologue to the edition I read said there was very little to tie the title to the actual story except with reference to the Bible passage about the man who built his house on the sand and saw it washed away. The book is a tender portrayal of a man whose life has become dull and who rediscovers his own capacity for love through an artist and h [...]

  • iris murdoch continues to dazzle still don't know how she does it this is probably the "normalest" of the books of hers i've read-- it's almost completely "realistic"-- and yet somehow it too seems to glow from within with mystery and fantasy and hallucinatory detail and feeling and metaphysical import love iris murdoch more than ever i feel like i live her books more than read them

  • Iris Murdoch's third published novel is a fascinating about the relationship between a married school master and a young woman who arrives to paint the portrait of the retired headmaster. A more domestic, and mature work than the previous two novels.

  • This is really more worthy of a 3 1/2 star rating, in my opinion. In the very simple lives of ordinary people, with mundane English village lifestyles of honorable participants, there can emerge the most tormenting, unsolvable desires that can never be fulfilled, and one must just continue to endure, while all that promises happiness and contentment is lost just like the weak foundation of a sandcastle.Murdoch was a genius, and she portrayed all the psychological torment along with detailed, ste [...]

  • I have never read a book which details the hopes and despair of an ill-conceived affair so well, but without romanticising it in the slightest. The plot describes the ageing academic, Mor, and his brilliantly infuriating wife, Nan, in the power struggle of their largely loveless marriage. When Mor accidentally falls in love with a vivacious and youthful artist called Rain, his entire life is thrown into turmoil as he suddenly discovers happiness and way to exist in his own right. Though Murdoch [...]

  • I love Iris Murdoch. This is the fourth book I've read by her and the fourth one in which a swimming scene figures prominently. This time everything turns around Rain's swim in the river (not, as Felicity would have had it, around the ceremony on the rocks or the climb on the tower).On a separate note, here is a list of books in which cars sink in rivers: Gallatin Canyon, The Love of a Good Woman, The Sandcastle. Let me know if I have missed any.

  • I've recently reread this book for the Home Reading class that I'm teaching and I was yet again reminded of how amazingly beautiful and incredibly symbolic it is. Seriously, this book is teeming with symbols of all kinds imaginable! I remember not particularly liking it back then, in my third year, but that was because reading it (and discussing every single detail, even (seemingly) insignificant ones) was a must and because the language was perhaps a bit too sophisticated to me then, but now I [...]

  • Very sweet story about the complications of loving different people at different times and places of your life. We want to think love and everything else are permanent fixtures, but nothing in this world is a sure bet.

  • I had never read Iris Murdoch before. Really enjoyed - about a private boy's school teacher in England mid century and his marriage and dreams. Sad but also really funny at times. Sort of reminded me a bit of Virginia Woolf.

  • What I posted earlier:Brilliant so far. I'm in the middle of a sweet and funny scene which (I'm certain) will culminate in tragedy (like the can't-stop-singing scene in The God of Small Things). I want to stop reading the book because I don't want the book to stop.My new comments now that our book group (of two) has discussed it:I think the only negative for me was that I got this somewhat cliche picture in my head of Rain as a cinematic female lead like Audrey Hepburn or Leslie Caron, and I cou [...]

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