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This is an auction for IRIS: A MEMOIR BY IRIS MURDOCH by John Bayley.

"It is seldom that someone at once so brilliant and so visible as novelist Iris Murdoch develops Alzheimer's disease in full public view; seldom, also, that a sufferer from this dreadful malady has so skilled and loving an interpreter by her side. Bayley, a noted literary critic (and, recently, novelist) in his own right, has been married to Murdoch for 40 years, and part of the charm of this enormously affecting memoir lies in the ways in which he shows the affections of old age as in no way slower than the passions of youth. Murdoch was already a dashing and rather mysterious figure when she and Bayley met in the Oxford of the 1950s; she was a philosophy don at a women's college who had just written a much-admired first novel; he was a bright, rather naive graduate student. Writing with great tenderness and grace, Bayley evokes their long, warm, mutually trusting marriage, and introduces in the gentlest way the moments when he realized that his wife's sense of reality and of herself were slipping away. Few people afflicted with an Alzheimer's partner can be as self-effacing and endlessly patient as Bayley. This beautiful book could hardly help being deeply consoling to anyone thus afflicted; it is also a compelling study of the overthrow of a remarkable spirit."
- Publishers Weekly (US)

Very favourable reviews on

Paperback 2000.

294 pages + photographs.

Good condition.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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