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Author: Iris Murdoch
ISBN13: 978-0670713806
Title: Time of the Angel
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Publisher: Viking Adult (September 16, 1966)

Time of the Angel by Iris Murdoch

April 2002 : UK Paperback.

Home Iris Murdoch The Time of the Angels. The time of the angels, . 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27. Iris Murdoch. The Time of the Angels. The quotation at the beginning of Chapter. Fifteen is from Heidegger’s Sein und Zeit. I wonder if we shall get used to it. Pattie crumples up crisp clean pages of The Times and lays sticks cross-cross above. She puts old rusty misshapen cinders on top of the sticks. Mind that spider, Pattie, rescue him, would you. That’s right. May I light the fire? The match flares, revealing on the crumpled back page a picture of some black men torturing some other black men. The paper blazes up mercifully. As Pattie sighs and sinks back on her heels, a ladder darts up her stocking like a little lizard.

Iris Murdoch was one of the most prolific British literary novelists of the twentieth century, and at different times I have considered several of her novels to be among my favourites. Her characters are invariably divorced from reality, existing in closed circles, often featuring intellectually self-sufficient (and, let’s be honest, self-satisfied) cliques. She may have begun her career as a writer in the 1950s, at the s I have been struggling adequately to capture my thoughts about this novel. In many of her other novels, Murdoch has fused such unpromising characters into a scintillating brew, igniting the reader’s attention and firing their empathy. Sadly, there was no such dazzling writer’s performance here, and at no stage did the seventh cavalry come over the brow of the hill to bring succour to the embattled reader.

Iris Murdoch's intricacies appear to run nowhere but into the sand. Miriam Allott, Times Literary Supplement. Marcus is working on a book - "provisionally entitled Morality in a World without God" - and The Time of the Angels amounts to several case studies of that very question. There aren't many believers left here; some have merely lost their faith, others have entirely dismissed the god-concept. Marcus himself arguably hasn't gotten far enough in accepting which way the wind is blowing: as someone tells him

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Iris Murdoch (1919–1999) was one of the most influential British writers of the twentieth century. She wrote twenty-six novels over forty years, as well as plays, poetry, and works of philosophy. Heavily influenced by existentialist and moral philosophy, Murdoch’s novels were also notable for their rich characters, intellectual depth, and handling of controversial topics such as adultery and incest. Born in Dublin, Ireland, Murdoch moved to London with her parents as a child. Two years after completing Under the Net, Murdoch married John Bayley, an English scholar at the University of Oxford and an author. In a 1994 interview, Murdoch described her relationship with Bayley as the most important thing in my life. Bayley’s memoir about their relationship, Elegy for Iris, was made into the major motion picture Iris, starring Judi Dench and Kate Winslet, in 2001. Thank you for reading books on BookFrom.

Carel is widowed rector presiding over a London church destroyed during the war. The rectory is home to an array of residents: his daughter, Muriel; his beautiful invalid ward, Elizabeth; their West Indian servant, Pattie; Eugene, a Russian emigre, and his delinquent son, Leo. Carel's brother, Marcus, is co-guardian of Elizabeth, but his attempts to get closer to the rector are constantly rebuffed

About book: I read the book on the plane. Rather disturbed by it. The plot as usual explores the theme of the existence of God, faith, human conditions, love. Yet the story diverges from Iris Murdoch’s usual. It weaves around Carel, a pastor who had lost his faith. Carel very rarely appeared in the book but his presence was much felt and talked about in every scene. Carel exerted some form of emotional and psychological hold on the characters. Muriel, Elizabeth, his daughters, Pattie, his housekeeper and Marcus, his brother, who held Carel in revere.

The Time of the Angels, Iris Murdoch, Viking, 1966, 1st edition, LCCC#66-24208.245 pages
Reviews: 5
I've wanted this book for years and was not disappointed when I finally was able to read it. The characters, philosophy, dialogue, everything is interesting. A good read. I'm a big Murdoch fan.
don't choose this one. It is very spare, the main character, Carel, hardly appears, there is some fairly rough stuff even for the times about a "colored" servant who is not really even treated by the author as a complete human being. The magic and the mystery and the search for the good along with, as my grandmother said 'everyone jumping into bed with everyone' is just not there. I find Murdoch to be one the most substantial and rewarding writers I ever read. She's a great 20th century novelist, and one of the few who will live on. This is just not one of her good writing moments.
One of Iris Murdoch’s best, if least known, novels, The Time of the Angels (1966) rehearses and perfects some of the themes she had been exploring in her previous books, including the immured beauty (The Unicorn), epidemic unrequited love (An Unofficial Rose, The Italian Girl) and the controlling outsized personality (The Flight From the Enchanter).

Set in the claustrophobic environment of a somewhat isolated rectory during a fog and snow bound winter period, it involves a small set of principal characters living in the household of reclusive but still domineering Anglican priest Carel Fisher. They include the widower Carel’s daughter Muriel, his niece and ward Elizabeth, the bi-racial housekeeper Pattie, live-in servant Eugene, a Russian emigre and also a widower, and Eugene’s son Leo.

Using this almost hermetically sealed cast of characters (a few outside visitors do occasionally intrude, primarily Carel’s brother Marcus) and their secrets and desires, Murdoch constructs a compelling story of intersecting and cross purposes, telling the tale primarily from the points of view of Muriel and Pattie and occasionally Eugene, Leo and Marcus but—critically—never Carel or Elizabeth, who maintain tremendous influence over the other characters in the household seemingly without effort.

The story is interesting enough through its first three quarters or so (I’ll decline to give any spoilers because it really is a great read), and one gets the distinct impression that Murdoch is setting up a big finish as the various plot strands play out. If so, one is not disappointed as there are a number of shocker revelations and developments that, while skirting melodrama, are undoubtedly effective and perfectly cap the story’s dramatic arc.

This is one of Iris Murdoch’s best novels and it’s a shame it is also one of her least known, judging by the paltry number of reviews here on Amazon. By all means, if you are at all interested in Murdoch, The Time of the Angels is a must-read.
THE TIME OF THE ANGELS is not one of Murdoch's best-known novels, but it is one of her best and most disturbing. Concentrated largely in a London rectory for a church bombed to smithereens during the last war, the novel is concerend, appropriately enough, with the ways in which people can act in the absence of God. The action of the novel--and much of the character's concerns--revolve upon the strange new rector of the church, Carel, who refuses to see anyone other than his daughter, his ward, and his servants in his new station, and who never leaves the house: the novel creates a wonderfully claustrophic atmosphere within the rectory that seems to anticipate that in the toymaker's house in Angela Carter's subsequent little masterpiece THE MAGIC TOYSHOP. (The hazy wintertime in the London streets of Murdoch's novel also act beautifully to counteract the overheated atmosphere inside the rectory.) Although the novel does not end up with as high a body count as some of Murdoch's other works (such as the Jacobean Gothic THE UNICORN), its concluding events are incredibly bleak--though lightened by some final touches of Murdochian humor.
This is certainly a wierd story. A dominating, rude, destructive Anglican Priest has become an atheist preaching wild sermons to his disturbed and dissappearing parrishoners. Yet his dominance and control keep a solor system of lesser weakling personalities tied to him. Carel's behavior throughout the book is destructive yet his apologist daughter, Muriel, keeps making excuses for him, even when she finds that her invalid cousin, Elizabeth, is actually her father's illegitimate daughter with his sister-in-law and he is having sex with this young sickly woman that he knows is his daughter.

The parrish and parsonage are full of hidden passages and peep holes so that everyone can spy on Carel's misdeeds.

His brother Marcus continues to make contact with Carel, continually is rebuffed, and then thinks he is enlightened by this process by the wise older brother, Carel, who actually could care less whether his younger brother lives or dies.

Interestingly, there is a beautiful young amoral Russian boy, Leo, living in the parsonage with his father,who is just as amoral and is also forgiven because of his youth and beauty. I found it interesting that Murdoch would have the read be repulsed by the older Carel yet forgive the younger Leo, when they are both birds of a feather.

What an odd book!