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The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (Penguin Books) Paperback – 28 Oct 1976

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New edition edition (28 Oct. 1976)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140041117
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140041118
  • Product Dimensions: 12.8 x 1.9 x 19.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 739,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A novel of infinite variety and intelligence; the work of a novelist at the height of her powers."--Christopher Hudson
"[Iris Murdoch] remains a consummate and sensual scene-painter."--Michael Ratcliffe in "The Times" (London)

A novel of infinite variety and intelligence; the work of a novelist at the height of her powers. Christopher Hudson
[Iris Murdoch] remains a consummate and sensual scene-painter. Michael Ratcliffe in "The Times" (London)"

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'Iris Murdoch is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour' The Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Murdoch on love and betrayal 11 Mar. 1999
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The Sacred and Profane Love Machine describes the spectacular unravelling of two families at the hands of Blaise Gavender. The first family is his own "legitimate" one, comprising his wife Harriet and son David. The other is his lover Emily and their son Luca. A weary and cynical novelist,the newly widowed Montague Small, is the unwilling observer and intermediary of this melange. We see a recurring exploration of the meaning of love when the faults of the lovers suddenly become overwhelming and the only options are forgiveness or alienation.As in her other books, Murdoch's characters are complex, their motivations tangled by alternating emotional currents of elation, despair, and futility.
4.0 out of 5 stars Irony and Injustice. 26 Sept. 2016
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After recently seeing the movie "Iris" (don't know WHY I didn't see it back then, but missed) I remembered how much at one point I loved to read Iris Murdoch books. This one some people claim was her best. Her style is so formal that it sometimes makes me almost literally say 'come on come on what happened????', but I keep reading. This book is something of a moral touchstone. I felt strangely stirred by several of the characters, and some were stunningly 'modern' (like 'mean girls', or almost famous women) - Personally, I found the story a little bit depressing, but the ending somewhat fitting - but also illuminating the fact that life is just FULL of injustice.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A SUBLIME AND HORRIFYING MAELSTROM OF LOVE-SEEKING 8 Dec. 2012
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Like her novels "The Black Prince" and "A Word Child", I found this one utterly gripping and unique.

Psychoanalyst Blaise Gavender is trying to hold together his double life as a respectable husband to his wife Harriet and as lover to his mistress Emily, but his secret relationship is turning sour under the compromises it forces upon Emily.

Ultimately all the numerous characters are suffering or will suffer under the strain of trying to obtain security through a loving relationship as these relationships fail to match each character's heart's desire or inevitably change.

Murdoch shows us the beauty and ecstacy of love along with the agony, desperation, and deceit that often accompany it, leaving me alternately admiring, envious, horrified, and pitying.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating but dark story 10 July 2013
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Iris Murdoch exposes many hypocrises, ironies, rationalizations, and absurdities that go along with just normal life, apparently, for some. Much of the book is riotously funny. The writing is enjoyable and accessible. I just couldn't think the philandering husband could get any less clued in or more self-centered, but he continued to to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Darkly comic delight! 28 Nov. 2010
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I'd first read Murdoch's "The Sea, The Sea" and was already a fan of her work. My second selection was the provocatively titled "The Sacred and Profane Love Machine". This is a darkly comic, somewhat fanciful story about what occurs when a charlatan of an analyst is 'outed' for his double-life with two families. One family, his traditional, stable and 'respectable' professional family- the other an erotically charged but since-gone-stale relationship with a woman from a less fortunate background and pathetically poor and terminally envious of his 'other' life. The cuckolded wife is perhaps the most comic character in the novel as she futilely tries to control the situation. In Murdoch's standard style- she has rendered a rich cast of well-developed characters who are each imperfect in their own unique ways. This book is a wild ride of a read that does not disappoint- I was left panting with exhileration as the novel came to a close and I was released from this captivating tale!
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