The Sacred And Profane Love Machine

Paperback | March 6, 1984

byIris Murdoch

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Swinging between his wife and his mistress in the sacred and profane love machine and between the charms of morality and the excitements of sin, the psychotherapist, Blaise Gavender, sometimes wishes he could divide himself in two. Instead, he lets loose misery and confusion and—for the spectators at any rate—a morality play, rich in reflections upon the paradoxes of human life and the nature of the battle between sacred and profane love.

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Swinging between his wife and his mistress in the sacred and profane love machine and between the charms of morality and the excitements of sin, the psychotherapist, Blaise Gavender, sometimes wishes he could divide himself in two. Instead, he lets loose misery and confusion and—for the spectators at any rate—a morality play, rich in r...

Iris Murdoch was one of the twentieth century's most prominent novelists, winner of the Booker Prize for The Sea. She died in 1999.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 7.71 × 5.05 × 0.73 inPublished:March 6, 1984Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140041117

ISBN - 13:9780140041118

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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)

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Murdoch's style and theme of writing is a true return to the beauty of classical literature. She is one of the few authors who write a book asking a philosophical question throughout, not a psychological question for the individual characters. An unfaithful husband must choose between the love he has for his wife, and the passion he has for his mistress. The decision he makes is a statement of what actually is true love, and which is simply desire. This book has wit and style, and is far better than most of the contemporary literature that I've read.