- 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)
The Sacred and Profane Love Machine (Penguin Books) Paperback – 28 Oct 1976
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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)"
'Iris Murdoch is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour' The Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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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.