The Bell

The Bell

Book - 1962
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A lay community of thoroughly mixed-up people is encamped outside Imber Abbey, home of an enclosed order of nuns. A new bell,legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered. Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to her husband. Michael Mead, leader of the community, is confronted by Nick Fawley, with whom he had disasterous homosexual relations, while the wise old Abbess watches and prays and exercies discreet authority. And everyone, or almost everyone, hopes to be saved whatever that may mean...Iris Murdoch's funny and sad novel is about religion, the fight between good and evil and the terrible accidents of human frailty.
Publisher: Harmondsworth, Eng. : Penguin Books, in association with Chatto Windus, [1962, c1958]
ISBN: 9780140016888
0140016880
Characteristics: 315p. ; 18cm

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ProfMcGonagall Jun 12, 2012

Witty and wise, subtle and sad, a fascinating look at the attempts of a half dozen very different souls to understand and live "the good life." The writing is concise and sensual, acknowledging the mysteries of religion, sex, and love.

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