The Flight from the Enchanter by Iris Murdoch

bookshelves: paper-read, published-1956, winter-20152016, lit-richer, lit-richer-jan-2016, under-1000-ratings, tragedy

Read from December 16, 2015 to January 17, 2016

 

Description: Annette runs away from her finishing school but learns more than she bargained for in the real world beyond; the fierce and melancholy Rosa is torn between two Polish brothers; Peter is obsessed by an indecipherable ancient script. This is a story of a group of people under a spell, and the centre of it all is the mysterious Mischa Fox, the enchanter.

Opening: It was about three o’clock on a Friday afternoon when Annette decided to leave school. An Italian lesson was in progress. In an affected high-pitched voice the Italian tutor was reading aloud throm the twelfth canto of the Inferno.

My copy is the 3’6d 1964 Penguin edition. All the zest for writing is still apparent in this second book, enthusiam radiates off the page. Thoroughly enjoyed this weekend read, tucked up warm against the minus 18C.

“Blick is the dark half of Misha Fox’s mind. He does the things that Mischa doesn’t even think of. That’s how Mischa can be so innocent.”

3* Under the Net (1954)
3* The Flight from the Enchanter (1956)
O The Sandcastle (1957)
5* The Bell (1958)
WL The Unicorn(1963)
O An Unofficial Rose (1962)
TR The Nice and the Good (1968)
5* A Severed Head(1971)
5* The Black Prince(1973)
5* The Sacred and Profane Love Machine(1974)
5* A Word Child(1978)
5* The Sea, the Sea (1978)

4* Existentialists and Mystics Writings on Philosophy and Literature
4* Living on Paper: Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934-1995

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