Never really did get into this at all. 😞
After searching and searching, I've settled on this for my audiobook.
Some terrible first edition art for a fantastic novel. The setting is perfect, allowing Murdoch to explore aspects of the religious community as well as using the wild landscape and the summer atmosphere. Great characters, but again not particularly likeable, especially Dora and Paul, the central couple. I think Murdoch is a bit of a love or hate author though, so far I find her books really rewarding to read.
So today some of the hand bell choir took a field trip to the factory in PA and saw how the bells are made. Here‘s a lathe where the bell is turned and small filings of bronze are cut away from the inside as part of the tuning process. Then it‘s more tuning, polishing, adding a handle, and packing. They make the cases too.
During the ride I read a big chunk of my book, and when I got home my Bombas #socks had arrived!
The characters in The Bell are all suffering in love - bad marriages or unrequited love. But what stands out is one character's struggle between his homosexuality and his devout faith - the pain and struggle she conveys is deep and I ached for him. This is my third book by Iris Murdoch and I will definitely go for more. She's such a skillful writer and it was rumored she didn't allow editors to touch her work, making her all the more impressive.
There doesn't seem to be a lot of #Irislove on Litsy - I wonder why? Is everyone to busy with contemporary books? I haven't read one in a long time because, I'll admit, they are intense and I've read almost all her novels, but there was a period in my life I found them enthralling. I still say her characters are more true to life in their dialogue and emotional expression than that of most writers. Not pictured here: A Word Child (borrowed).