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The Bell
The Bell | Iris Murdoch
The story of a lay community of mixed-up people encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns, follows the lives of Dora Greenfield, an erring wife who returns to her husband, and Michael Meade, who is confronted by his homosexual former lover. Repriint.
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Panpan

Never really did get into this at all. 😞

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
The Bell | Iris Murdoch
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After searching and searching, I've settled on this for my audiobook.

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ladyonequestion
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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.

MommyWantsToReadHerBook One of my favourites by IM! 1y
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ladyonequestion
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....one is never secure.

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overtheedge
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An adventurous beginning.....Dora will be an interesting character, no doubt.....
I have liked every book by Murdoch so far, slowly working my way through them all, so I have high hopes I'll like this....

RowReads1 😍 She‘s amazing! 1y
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Susanita
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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!

Lcsmcat Malmark or Schulmerich? (I used to teach handbells.) 1y
Susanita @Lcsmcat Malmark. Our tour guide was the grandson-in-law of the company founder. 1y
ferskner I could watch that for hours! 1y
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Smrloomis Cool! 1y
Lcsmcat @Susanita How fun! I may have to put that on my bucket list. Do you ring? 1y
Susanita @Lcsmcat Yes I ring. It‘s so much fun! If you have any musical sensibilities at all, I‘m sure you‘d enjoy the tour. At the end there‘s a ringing room where you can play! Also a great restaurant across the street. 1y
kspenmoll Bombas socks! ❤️❤️❤️ (edited) 1y
Lcsmcat @Susanita Cool! I taught high school hand bells for years, and my husband directs three hand bell choirs at church. We‘d both enjoy the tour. 1y
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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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Congratulations on reaching 100k Litfluence, @DGRachel! Here are just some books I own that I would heartily recommend over and over! Thanks for an awesome giveaway!

#SharetheLitsyLove

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LapReader
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At a conference in the Hunter Valley wine region today but still managed to enjoy a bit of reading in the sun on this cool winter day. This is my haul from my local community library this morning!

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SaraBeagle
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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.

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MommyWantsToReadHerBook
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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).

BarbaraJean I've only read a couple of Iris, on your recommendation, though! I really enjoyed them, but somehow have not been "in the mood" for more of her lately. I have The Green Knight and The Good Apprentice on my to-be-read shelf, though... someday. 3y
SaraBeagle I've only recently discovered her and I'm in love! 3y
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jdtchicago
The Bell | Iris Murdoch

Those who hope, by retiring from the world, to earn a holiday from human frailty, in themselves and others, are usually disappointed.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
The Bell | Iris Murdoch
Mehso-so

Interesting story, but only so-so for me. Many sermons interspersed and took a long while to get going. Much naval-gazing by many characters with no resolution or redemption.

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