The Message to the Planet

 
9780140126648: The Message to the Planet

Iris Murdoch's 24th novel, a San Francisco Chronicle bestseller, explores the meaning of life in a story of love and betrayal, faith and doubt. "Murdoch works with an intellectual daring most writers only dream of".--The Philadelphia Inquirer.

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"She was a brilliantly clever woman" -- Dame Judi Dench "There is no doubt in my mind that Iris Murdoch is one of the most important novelists now writing in English...The power of her imaginative vision, her intelligence and her awareness and revelation of human truth are quite remarkable" The Times "I love the novels of Iris Murdoch" -- Philippa Gregory "Miss Murdoch is blessedly clever without any of the aridity which, for some reason, that word is supposed to imply" -- Philip Toynbee "Iris Murdoch has imposed her alternative world on us as surely as Christopher Columbus or Graham Greene" Sunday Times

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'I suspect that when the intellectual map of our own times comes to be sketched out, Iris Murdoch will occupy a position analogous to Tolstoy and Dostoevsky...Murdoch writes better than anyone living about the condition of being in love; both the ecstatic joys of it and its capacity to turn otherwise decent individuals into monsters of selfishness and cruelty...Her vision of the world is heart-rending, but ultimately celebratory' A.N. Wilson, Guardian

For years Alfred Ludens has pursued mathematician and philosopher Marcus Vallar in the belief that he possesses a profound metaphysical formula, a missing link of great significance to mankind.

Ludens's friends are more sceptical.Jack Sheerwater, painter, thinks Marcus is crazy.Gildas Herne, ex-priest, thinks he is evil.Patrick Fenman, poet, is dying because he thinks Marcus has cursed him.Marcus has disappeared and must be found.But is he a genius, a hero struggling at the bounds of human knowledge?Is he seeking God, or is he just another victim of the Holocaust, which casts its shadow upon him and upon Ludens, both of them Jewish?Cool common sense is provided by the women: Franca, Jack's wife, Alison, his mistress, feminist Maisie Tether, and Irina, Marcus's eccentric daughter.Can human thinking discover the foundations of human consciousness? Iris Murdoch's endlessly inventive imagination has touched a fundamental question of our time.

'The Message to the Planet is a highly wrought a work of art as Dame Iris has yet given us' Spectator

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