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by John Bayley

Free eBook Iris : A Memoir of Iris Murdoch download ISBN: 0715631594
Author: John Bayley
Publisher: Gardners Books (December 31, 2001)
Language: English
Pages: 320
Category: Biography and Memoir
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Iris existed for me as a wonderful and solitary being, first seen bicycling . Extracts from A Memoir of Iris Murdoch, by John Bayley (Duckworth, £1. 5).

Iris existed for me as a wonderful and solitary being, first seen bicycling slowly and rather laboriously past the window in St Antony's College, where I was living  . One entry, dated June 3, 1954, read: "St Antony's Dance.

His book IRIS MURDOCH AS I KNEW HER recounts how Bayley prided himself on being her only caregiver. Yet he was deeply neglectful about basic hygiene, and refused even to hire cleaners. Since Irish Murdoch left an estate of two million pounds, they could easily have afforded more comfortable and clean surroundings. Bayley had also been a more than imperfect husband even in the couple's early days. Iris had wanted children, Bayley refused.

I love Iris Murdoch's writing, and, over the years, I have read many of her novels. She was a gifted person, intellectually surpassing many of her peers. Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch" interlaces all that was so positive about Iris Murdoch with the sadness and the degradation of the illness that finally ended her life. In fact, at times, I feel that the greatness of Iris Murdoch becomes obliterated by her inability to think and/or communicate as she used to be able to think/communicate. The book is frightfully sad, and it left me wondering about its main purpose.

Dame Jean Iris Murdoch DBE (/ˈmɜːrdɒk/; 15 July 1919 – 8 February 1999) was an Irish novelist and philosopher. Murdoch is best known for her novels about good and evil, sexual relationships, morality, and the power of the unconscious.

I would learn more later by reading . Wilson’s Iris Murdoch as I Knew Her and John Bayley’s own memoir, Elegy for Iris. Beyond ‘A Severed Head’: An Iris Murdoch Starter Kit. Go for the books Murdoch is best known for, particularly the Booker Prize-winning, ‘THE SEA, THE SEA,’ about a retired theater director who learns that his adolescent love, Hartley, has retired with her husband to the same coastal town and decides that they should, decades later, renew their relationship.

As the Easter Rebellion looms, tension mounts in the rain-soaked streets of Dublin. Tension is also ratcheting up at home. A revolver shot rings through a Whitehall office one hot afternoon in the middle of an English summer. A Government official has apparently shot himself, but the circumstances are questionable – prompting Octavian Gray, head of the department in which the dead man worked, to investigate. Lawyer John Ducane is charged with the task, interviewing other civil servants by day, and by night attempting repeatedly - and unsuccessfully - to break up with his mistress.

In 1998 John Bayley wrote a best-selling, critically acclaimed memoir of his wife, the great philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease since 1996

In 1998 John Bayley wrote a best-selling, critically acclaimed memoir of his wife, the great philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease since 1996. At times unbearably moving, at times poignantly comical, this memoir provides a fitting memorial to Dame Iris. It is an enchanting portrait of a remarkable marriage and an inspiration for anyone whose life is affected by Alzheimer's.

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История последних лет известной английской писательницы Айрис Мердок, снятая по книге ее мужа Джона Бейли, Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch. Борьба, обреченная на поражение. Утрата всего, составлявшего суть жизни, под воздействием болезни Альцгеймера. Биографическая драма. История последних лет известной английской писательницы Айрис Мердок, снятая по книге ее мужа Джона Бейли, Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch.

In 1998 and 1999 John Bayley wrote two best-selling, critically acclaimed memoirs of his wife, the great philosopher and novelist Iris Murdoch, who had been suffering from Alzheimer's disease since 1996. In this edition, Iris and Iris and the Friends are published in one volume for the first time. At times unbearably moving, at times poignantly comical, the two memoirs provide a fitting memorial for Dame Murdoch, an enchanting portrait of a remarkable marriage and an inspiration for anyone whose life is affected by the tragedy of Alzheimer's.
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Xellerlu
This brave account of the last years of Iris Murdoch is a tribute by her husband who cared for her during her descent into Alzheimer's disease. He deserves our admiration for his loyalty and love while caring for her, very seldom mentioning his own frustration and sadness as he 'lost' his wife and yet she was totally dependent on him in all respects. I found the book difficult to read at times, but very moving at the same time.
Nirn
An intimate, humorous, loving portrait of the writer by the man who was her lover, her husband, and, finally, her devoted caregiver. Having recently become a caregiver to a husband with Alzheimer's, I found it inspiring.
Gavidor
I loved the book both for its insight and honestyl. As a care-giver for someone with Alzheimer's, I appreciated this very much. His style of writing grabbed me and wouldn't let go. Made me cry and made me laugh. I also enjoyed his references to writer friends and cannot wait to have time to read them. I also ordered his other book on "Iris" and am looking forward to reading this also,
Rrinel
Delightful
CONVERSE
John Bayley's account as caregiver of his wife Iris Murdoch is, according to those who knew the couple well, self-serving and fraudulent. Yes, she did have Alzheimer's, and Bayley took care of some of her basic needs. But the truth is more complicated. For one thing, although Murdoch had been a warmly social person with many friends, Bayley chose to isolate her. Starved for companionship, on more than one occasion she wandered from their home. A.N. Wilson, a friend who continued to visit, described the conditions of their house as disgustingly filthy and unsafe. His book IRIS MURDOCH AS I KNEW HER recounts how Bayley prided himself on being her only caregiver. Yet he was deeply neglectful about basic hygiene, and refused even to hire cleaners. Since Irish Murdoch left an estate of two million pounds, they could easily have afforded more comfortable and clean surroundings. Bayley had also been a more than imperfect husband even in the couple's early days. Iris had wanted children, Bayley refused. When Iris became fond of the home they lived in, Bayley would decide on his own to sell it and buy another, usually inferior. A.N. Wilson, who'd known the couple for decades, believed that Bayley had a lifelong bitter jealousy of his brilliant wife. Wilson believed Bayley took advantage of her Alzheimer's to revenge himself by writing a memoir that focussed obsessively on the details of her mental and physical deterioration. He believed that Bayley was trying to destroy even the memory of the vital, loving and warm person she had been. When you read IRIS, keep in mind that Bayley refused even to provide basic healthy and safe surroundings for his invalid wife--at her expense. (After Iris died, he remarried and immediately began spending the two million pounds she'd left.) And that some of her closest friends saw Bayley as a lifelong leech.
Jox
On the front cover are the words: 'The greatest love story of our age; incomparable'. I have read a few of the editorial reviews, and the feeling seems to be very much the same: a wonderful tribute to Iris Murdoch. I love Iris Murdoch's writing, and, over the years, I have read many of her novels. She was a gifted person, intellectually surpassing many of her peers. "Iris: A Memoir of Iris Murdoch" interlaces all that was so positive about Iris Murdoch with the sadness and the degradation of the illness that finally ended her life. In fact, at times, I feel that the greatness of Iris Murdoch becomes obliterated by her inability to think and/or communicate as she used to be able to think/communicate. The book is frightfully sad, and it left me wondering about its main purpose. Perhaps it is a love story, but I feel that a true love story would have concentrated much more on Iris as she was, not on the person she became because of a devastating illness.
Anen
I only read about 40 some pages--and that was enough for me to decide I had enough. I was very interested to read this memoir, but it let me down. I think this book uses too many big words that I get lost in--that takes away from the author's experiences. It was also hard to follow who the author is speaking about and his relationship to them.