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I m fairly certain no one writes or ever has written exactly like Iris Murdoch Reading her prose is like listening to Frank Sinatra sing you might have heard the song before but never like that In the first 200 pages of this book I could not decide where it was going Charles seemed an egocentric misogynist not worthy of the interest I was showing in him The plot seemed desperately thin and a bit all over the place but the writing was exuisite the descriptions were musical and there was something fascinating that meant I never thought of putting the book down Then with a suddenness that was surprising all the bits began to fall together Charles became someone intricate and complicated and the plot started to develop into a gripping story of love obsession misdirection mystery and human foibles Minor characters took on hidden meaning and became central to the story and Charles became someone you could laugh at and cry for simultaneously I succumbed to emotions that bubbled up like the surf of Murdoch s raging sea I felt the tension of the situation I struggled to think how it could be resolved and leave anyone intact I worried for the sanity of everyone involved and I mourned for the things that might have been if any of these characters had lived life with their eyes open If there is one thing I could say is uniue in Murdoch s writing it is that you feel her story as much as read it It s not an eternal thing nothing human is eternal For us eternity is an illusion It s like in a fairy tale When the clock strikes twelve it will all crumble to pieces and vanish And you ll find you are free of her free of her forever and you can let the poor ghost go What will remain will be ordinary obligations and ordinary interests And you ll feel relief you ll feel free At present you re ust obsessed hypnotized How much of life is exactly that Obsession and invention How often in life do we substitute our realities our possibilities for dreams which are unreachable Is it worth anything to us if we recognize the truth of love when life is all but done And how much like the ever changing unfeeling often cruel sea is life Charles romanticizes both and plays a dangerous game with both and each of us must decide for himself if the price Charles pays is worth the knowledge he gleans Charles is a complete character He grows and morphs despite all his efforts not to And while he is growing so do we This is the only Murdoch I have ever read but I have no hesitation in labeling her genius I struggled with this for a while mainly because I was so irritated by Charles Arrowby the main character and unreliable narrator Arrowby is a retired actor director and playwright who has moved to a remote cottage by the sea and is tentatively writing his memoirs Whole successions of characters many of them former lovers arrive and depart and Charles encounters his first love Hartley who has also retired to the area with her husband Like many of Murdoch s characters Arrowby is not very likeable and seems completely oblivious to the mayhem he creates among his nearest and dearest I al All our failures are ultimately failures in love Iris MurdochThe Sea the Sea is deep is deep Far out and deeply deepRather than trying my unworthy hand at a thorough analysis of a psychologically complex 500 page novel I lay a few groovesNear the beginning I thought it might be a romance No way man More like a Mystery of Mental Health and Well beingWhat is love How is the idea or thought of it especially young love affected by the passage of time what with our tendency to romanticize our youth The painful paradox of the ego false pride with its fang ed sea serpent The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States jealousy blinding us to reason The green monster deprives us of patience and fills us with anger all of which operates to ruin the very love that our innate sexuality tells us to cherish above all else The ways we lie to ourselves to enable the fantasy even to the edge of insanity that another loves us despite overwhelming evidence to the contraryThis novel provokes thoughts down in the mind s murky places Some readers may be turned off by the oft long windedness of the first person narrator It seems that maybe 50 pages could have been trimmed I could delve into the profundity of Iris Murdoch on damaged love s lassitudes but such agony I cannot abideA surefire 45 stars on the water Ah the sea that wonderful spectacle bringingoy to countless many whether swimming diving surfing fishing boating splashing about in waist high water or ust simply strolling along the shoreline whist the tide tickles your feet But for some they won t go anywhere near it all thanks to a certain Steven Spielberg film For Iris Murdoch s fictional character Charles Arrowby getting munched on by a shark is not likely and the last thing on his mind after all this is the British coast we are dealing with here The former theatre playwright and actor ust wanted to escape and retire by the sea away from London away from everyone to be left alone Could he have foreseen the life ahead of him seeing a sea serpent believing a ghost is wondering around his home running into women from his past good and bad nearly drowning through an apparent attempted murder or ending up with a houseful of unwanted guests apart from the one he does want Hartley his childhood loveThis 1978 Booker prize winning novel was a feast of reading rich textured deep characters and a story that keep me *intrigued throughout It was a study of vanity and self delusion *throughout It was a study of vanity and self delusion anything else with Charles Arrowby the egomaniac narrator a most unlikable person moving to Shruff End a house with a tower by the cliffs How huge it is how empty this great space for which I have been longing all my life Arrowby writes He would clamber down the rocks and take to the sea come rain or shine for a swim letting the calm of the water engulf him Arrowby is writing his memoirs and his attempt to chronicle his successful career in the histrionic arts he wants to be a hermit and indulge in fine wine the histrionic arts he wants to be a hermit and indulge in fine wine food whist pondering over his historyBut with nothing but his writings it is inevitable that Arrowby will create some sort of drama in his boring life even "IN THIS ISOLATED SPOT AND THIS HE DOES BY "this isolated spot and this he does by to draw his former lover Lizzie into his new life while trying to destroy the marriage of his childhood sweetheart Hartley the one he really loves Other visitors would appear on the scene to congregate at his new abode shedding light on Arrowby s past and present including his Buddhist armed forces cousin James and various theatrical ex lovers and ex friends Their relationships start to reveal the shallow ways of Arrowby s self knowledge as well as his ability to be a manipulating bully and a complete belligerent asshole Murdoch s subtly and blackly humorous digs periodically build into waves of hilarity and Arrowby although on the whole unlikable is without doubt a brilliant creation a deeply textured intriguing narrator that you Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth just can t get enough of leading to one of the finest character studies of the 20th century But Murdoch also uses a cast of supporting characters to great effect Hartley a gray worn and distraught woman living through the pain of a marriage than doesn t seemust the ealous raging ex lover Rosina Peregrine an old friend who may have alternative motives for his visit Titus a young man that turns out to be Hartley s son and cousin James who may or may not have some sort of Tibetan superhuman ability they all work into the story tremendously wellIn intricately charting the multifaceted deceptions of Charles Arrowby Murdoch adeptly elaborates on a motif that followed her in her lifelong concern with Good with Love and with Freedom to be good one must transform the personal into the impersonal one must escape one s private self and concern oneself with others Inspired by Shakespeare s The Tempest The Sea The Sea brilliantly depicts the risks and self deceptions of life the precarious and important distinction between imagination and fantasy and the vital importance of negotiating these dangersMy only gripe there were too many moments when I wanted to push Arrowby into the sea myself for his constant whining other than that it s writing of a virtuoso tour de force nature 5 Jungian Stars 2015 Gold Award Tie First Favorite Read Over the weekend I was sitting with a friend having a tea and we were reading She said How is the Murdoch book I looked up and without pausing or thinking and said Simply wondrous She tilted her head in her adorable way and said WhatsitaboutI took a moment sighed and exclaimed EverythingThis book is a psycho spiritual masterpiece of the highest caliber I decided to sit down and come up with a laundry list of what it is about the stars and earth isolation connection misunderstandings avoidance narcissistic men and histrionic women misunderstood boys and romantic girls wine cheese mushrooms and biscuits tea even when its not drunk Buddhist demons and Christian saints dreams concussions drownings death petty cruelties belittlement and acts of supreme generosity heterosexual passions and homosexual cravings theatre woodworking cooking and music merboys seals ghosts and sea dragons vengeance and apathy interpretations neurosis and delusions minutiae and momentary insights sullen villagers and grandiose urbanites dogs cats and many roses lost loves and childhood musings churches taxis and pubs murderous rages and spiritual awakenings vulgarities and tender exchanges stagnation repetition and momentary oyMost of all it is about the depth and changeability of the Sea The Sea that with one swoosh can take away all that we hold dear and understanding that we never held it in the first placeAbsolutely amazing Thank you Ms Murdoch The Sea the Sea by Iris Murdoch is her 20th novel which won the Booker prize in 1978 The author famously was an academic a professor of Philosophy at Oxford University who also wrote novels with a philosophical focusThe novel is in the form of a Moonrise (Snowfall, journal The viewpoint character throughout is a famous actor and director Charles Arrowby The impression we gain immediately is that he is a solitary rather arrogant and egotistical individual In the novel he has decided to retire to Shruff End a dilapidated and creaky old house on a rocky promontory next to the sea He tells us that he has decided to get away from London life once and for all and to follow his dream of living in seclusion much to the bewilderment and scepticism of all his theatre friendsTheournal he writes and which we are reading is an attempt to form some structure to his life and to be a memoir of sorts But even though he professes to be writing details of the house and village he seems to find it impossible to concentrate on the ob he has set himself which he says is the reason for being there in the first place He become. Romanul Marea marea considerat o capodopera a fost distins in 1978 cu prestigiosul Booker Prize Personajul narator al romanului Marea marea o celebritate a scenei londoneze pe nume Charles Arrowby se re.
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Ruff End Charles Arrowby s place by The SeaCharles Arrowby has retired from the theatre to a damp drafty but dramatic home by the sea His plan is to live on his own read and eat well while he writes his memoirs He is famous certainly well known enough to be recognized on the street from his days acting and directing on the stage He wants to be anonymous but as I can tell anyone from personal experience the last place one can be anonymous is in a small town I could have told you the country is the least peaceful and private place to live The most peaceful and secluded place in the world is a flat in Kensington I found myself liking him I especially enjoyed reading about him figuring out this life of reading eating and writing It sounds ideal As the plot advances it will take many shattering blows for me to let go of the Arrowby I liked and replace him with a man that is on the verge of lunacy Charles may miss the drama of the stage but he doesn t miss it for long because his life becomes a stage play It all starts to unwind when he goes to the village and sees his first love Hartley appear as if by magic As it turns out he is the only one that calls her Hartley everyone else calls her Mary He knew her briefly before the war and during the war as happened with many people he lost track of her Her life is a Mary life not a Hartley life Charles can not accept the person he sees before him She must metamorphosize and he is the man to make it happen I saw a stout elderly woman in a shapeless brown tent like dress holding a shopping bag and working her way very slowly as if in a dream along the street past the Black Lion in the direction of the shop This figure which I had so vaguely idly noticed before was now utterly changing in my eyes The whole world was its background And between me and it there hovered perhaps for the last time the vision of a slim long legged girl with gleaming thighs Oh good lord Now Clement who he actually talks the least about of all his lovers seems to be the woman that made him into the successful man he is today Clement was the reality of my life its bread and its wine She made me she invented me she created me she was my university my partner my teacher my mother later my child my soul s mate my absolute mistress Clement made him feel so good that he did not attempt to find Hartley She kept him from his one true love bybeingsoterrific The Poor BastardLizzie visits him another one of his ex lovers She has decided to move in with their mutual friend Gilbert Lizzie is half Scottish half Sephardi Jew Although she has the most adorable breasts of any woman I ever made love to she is not really beautiful and never was even when she was young but she has charm Unfortunately Lizzie is still in love with Charles and even though he really doesn t want her back he doesn t want her with Gilbert either Jealousy is born with love but does not always die with love Rosina shows up as well yet another ex lover They can t let him go any better than he can let them go She is a famous actress almost as obsessed with Charles as Charles is becoming with Hartley She breaks into house not once but several times and soon knows all there is to know about this silly Hartley business It seems that Charles broke up her marriage and then casually tossed her aside but Rosina as it turns out is not the type to be so casually flung anywhere She is likely to pick Charles up and fling him into the sea or run over him with her car or brain him with a rock Charles seems to have a most powerful effect on women but his charms are having no influence on Hartley Despite being resoundingly rebuffed his fantasy continues to grow Her large brow which looked white in the candlelight was puckered and pitted with little shadows but the way she had turned up the collar of her green cotton coat behind her hair gave her a girlish look Perhaps that was what she used to do with her mackintosh collar in the days when we went bicycling And even as I was listening intently to her words I was all the time gazing with a kind of creative passion at her candlelit face like some god reassembling her beauty for my own purposes Own purposes indeed She did not have to oin my grand intimidating alien world To wed his beggar maid the king would and how gladly become a beggar too The vision of that healing humility would henceforth be my guide This was indeed the very condition of her freedom why had I not seen this before I would at last see her face changing It was I found a part of my thought of the future that when she was with me Hartley would actually regain much of her old beauty like a prisoner released from a labour camp who at first looks old but then with freedom and rest and good food soon becomes young again Okay so he is losing all grip on reality but isn t that what actors do They make the role their own and transcend the scriptThis book won the Booker Prize in 1978 This is the first Iris Murdoch I ve read and I ve got to say how impressed I am by her writing style and ability I can t believe I ve never read her before She wrote twenty five works of fiction until 1995 when she began to experience the early stages of Alzheimer s Disease which she at first attributed to writer s block There is something so sad about a woman who thinks her writing ability has simply shut down only to learn that her body is failing her She had stories to tell us but unfortunately they became locked up in the corridors of her mind with doors without knobs and crooked meandering hallways Iris MurdochWhen we first meet Charles he seems like a man that we would love to know a favorite uncle or a friend to grab a beer with occasionally As we get to know him better his selfishness his egotism his dramatic persona turns him into a person that I would avoid as if he were sporting bubonic plague Murdoch brings us along masterfully through the dementia of Charles s growing obsession with possessing something that frankly no longer exists By the end he has proved to be as chimeric as the youthful Hartley Last night someone on a BBC uiz did not know who I was This book earned the author the Booker Prize in 1978 It s a powerful book I had seen it forever at library sales and for years I thought I should read it Finally I did and I wish I had read it earlier I m giving it a rating of 5 and adding it to my favoritesThe main character is a recently retired actorplaywrighttheater director He was a so so actor a better playwright but a masterful director In the last endeavor he achieved his fame and made his money The main character is an egotist The press has called him a tyrant and power crazed monster He s a misogynist who has used and abused women all his life A good friend a male tells him the trouble with you Charles is that basically you despise women Now he has left the London scene to live by himself at a beach house in a tiny town the first house he ever owned Whatever will he DO there All his friends ask him How is someone like him so used to the chaotic social scene of London s theater world seriously going to live in isolation in a small villageHe spends his time writing a memoir that is a kind of diary and autobiography mixed "in with copies of letters he sent or received basically that is this book Of course "with copies of letters he sent or received basically that is this book Of course can t trust his writing even he tells us his letters are partly disingenuous partly sincere He discovers miraculously that his first time love lives in the tiny village He feels that he has fallen in love with her again or that he never stopped loving her Without giving away much plot I can say that basically he kidnaps her away from her husband and tries to berate her into loving him again She s married in what he comes to consider an abusive relationship Well maybe maybe not Married relationships become a major theme of the bookIn a bad marriage can you really live on half dead and even have pleasures in your life On spousal abuse She felt herself guilty of his sins against her Of course a marriage can look terrible but be perfectly all right To which we can all add there are also perfect ideal marriages that everyone talks about praises and seek to emulate Until they break upA moral uestion can we say that a child s death can strengthen a troubled marriage if the child now an adult was the cause of most of the trouble They ve got their own way of hating each other and hurting each other they enjoy it There s a lot of melodrama Of course these are theater folks Many of the women he abused throughout his life wooing them and then abandoning them still seem to be willing to move back in with him now that he is alone I wonder if a male author could get away with this scenario as well as this female author has They seem to still hate him despite their willingness to come back to him All his old loves he never married come back to haunt
to come back to him All his old loves he never married come back to haunt with dramatic unannounced entrances he has no phone They come dragging their chains like the ghosts of Christmas past They appear at his door at the most inopportune times creating a theater like farce Enter stage left At times the women talk and act like they are mentally ill than in love One woman breaks into his house and smashes mirrors and vases One smashes another woman s purse One enters the dining room while he is dining with a friend and spits on the floor Another ambushes a car full of people he is traveling with smashing all the windows with rocks He tells us I had witnessed hysterical screaming before but nothing like this We have some surprising plot twists There s an accidental death an attempted murder and a death where it appears that the person willed it Passages I liked Guilt feelings so often arise from accusations rather than from crimes We were poorish and lonely and awkward together Of his parents during his childhood when he was theater mad as a boyOn bad press Even if readers claim they take it with a grain
Even if readers claim they take it with a grain salt they do not really They yearn to believe and they believe because believing is easier than disbelieving and anything which is written down is likely to be true in a way She pulled the blanket up over her head as if she were a corpse covering itself The thunder made some sounds like grand pianos falling downstairs He was a brave man I cannot pretend I ever really loved him but I do admire him for trying to kill me This is a really good book And it is another beach house book by an Irish author Consider several of William Trevor s Banville s The Sea Colm Toibin s The Heather Blazing and Blackwater Lightship Of course the classic beach house novel is Virginia Woolf s To the Lighthouse but she is not IrishMurdoch can be considered an Irish author even though she grew up in and went to school in England She was born in Ireland and both her parents were Irish I intend to read by Iris Murdoch Photos from topthewordtravelscome architectcoukdailymailcou. A Pe fundalul acestei aventuri emotionale marea isi face aparitia precum un personaj la fiecare pas o forta uriasa de neinteles si de nestapinit de care eroul cartii se simte deopotriva atras si amenint. S
distracted inordinately easily even the food he prepares is an excuse He rambles on about his culinary activities both past and present guzzling large uantities of expensive pretentious often mediocre food in public places was not only immoral unhealthy and unaesthetic but also unpleasurable Later my guests were offered simple chez moi What is delicious than fresh hot buttered toast with or without the addition of bloater paste Or plain boiled onions with a little corned beef if desiredThis gives us the measure of the man faddish and particular to the point of eccentricity And given subseuent events in the novel it is probably important for the author to get the reader on Charles s side to enjoy his little foibles and forgive him what appears to be fanciful and conceited notions about himselfIncreasingly Charles has little grumbles about the privations of his self imposed exile reporting spooky goings on He half imagines there is a poltergeist as things keep mysteriously getting smashed view spoilerIn the event this turns out to be a red herring An old girlfriend had been indulging in a spot of mischief making hide spoiler Be careful what you wish for Jealousy is born with love but doesn t always die with love Do you yearn for your first love to spend ust a moment togetherWhat if your sighting was accidental unexpected and you were unpreparedDo you really love them still or is it your youthful self you love Is stalking a passive act a safety valveOr does it forge the innocent past into a twisted vision of the futureMaybe cousin James is right You ve built a cage of needs and installed her in an empty space in the middle using her image as an exorcism Image The Gilded Cage of Female Oppression by Denise R Duarte Source and details Drama must create a factitious spell binding present moment and imprison the spectator in it My 13th Murdoch is her best known and most lauded it s also the one I enjoyed the least I was not spellbound by this story of death and moral smash up that the narrator likens to Henry James The Wings of the Dove There are many interesting and worthwhile ideas big characters and some lovely phrases but overall a ludicrous number of coincidences convoluted machinations and individual or group introspections were dragged out over too many pages The final Postscript added little of worth Even the title is twice as long as it needs to be I am my well known self made glittering and brittle by fame Charles Arrowby is a playwright actor and director who in his sixties retires to a remote coastal cottage though he s probably not as successful as he d like readers to believe Last night someone on a BBC uiz did not know who I was The book is his memoir cum diary cum novel of a few eventful months at Shruff End He bumps into his childhood sweetheart Mary Hartley who had disappeared in their teens Cue uests plots reminiscences and theatrical friends and ex lovers plus mysterious cousin James dropping in at crucial moments There s also incarceration attempted murder near death experiences actual death missing and found persons possible supernatural events a sea monster and some strange mealsCharles is a self confessed unreliable narrator He relishes the sight sounds and feel of the sea as he looks back on his life and loves including a formative relationship with a much older woman Clement Murdoch s narrator written in 1978 reminded strongly of two of John Banville s characters Max Morden in The Sea of 2005 see my review HERE and especially retired actor Alex Cleave in Ancient Light of 2012 who had a formative relationship with a much older woman see my review HEREBut Murdoch s writing is less sensuous than Banville s and Charles is a less sympathetic character He s not ust a vain self centred controlling patronising misogynist who slants and reinterprets events to fit what he wants to believe he s actively scheming abusive deliberately delusional and switches between being oblivious to and relishing the disappointments and pain of othersBut I ve long loved this uote and recently found it very helpful I forgive a lot ust for coming across it in context One of the secrets of a happy life is continuous small treats Who s Playing WhomMurdoch s novels always have at least one Svengali figure Charles is the obvious candidate his career is highly relevant he controls the narrative we read and towards the end he says I was the dreamer I the magician But there are several other contenders and that was the most interesting puzzle for me Rosina James even Titus or HartleyImage Marionette on a theatrical stage by Daniel Beauchamp SourceDeep and MeaningfulThose learned and enthused than I am can consider the symbolism of the serpent the inner room the broken mirror and many nods to theatre Shakespeare Prospero in The Tempest and classical mythology Perseus and Andromeda Orpheus and Euridice Plato s cave and whether freedom can be imposed In addition Every persisting marriage is based on fear Don t marry Maybe don t cohabit There are no happy couples in this book and marriage is a dark and unknowable institution The awful crying of souls in guilt and pain loathing each other tied to each other The inferno of marriage Everyone is away from familiar territory London in most cases and that shapes events enhanced or exacerbated by the slight unreality of the liminal location between rocks and sea in an isolated house with no electricityI m sure whole theses have been written about Charles cousin James he s a fellow only child but raised in far privileged circumstances James is a successful retired general a Buddhist mystic spy and may "be gay Charles was and is always competing with him though realises James probably barely realised certainly didn t care "gay Charles was and is always competing with him though realises James probably barely realised and certainly didn t care own feeling that I have won the game comes partly from a sense that he has been disappointed by life whereas I have not James also has a mystical role as conscience advisor guardian and saviourFun Food Cook fast eat slowly An unexpected delight was Charles dedication to creative simple gastronomy including liberal use of the tin opener It was entertainingly odd pompous and specific and it reminded me of my late father s approach as well as the amusingly bizarre but not hugely relevant outfits described in detail in Philip K Dick s Ubik see my review HERE Anchovy paste on hot buttered toast then baked beans and kidney beans with chopped celery tomatoes lemon uice and olive oil Then bananas and cream with white sugar Bananas should be cut never mashed and the cream should be thin Then hard water biscuits with New Zealand butter and Wensleydale cheese Of course I never touch foreign cheeses And Lentil soup followed by chipolata sausages served with boiled onions and apples stewed in tea then dried apricots and shortcake biscuits Fresh apricots are best of course but the dried kind soaked for twenty four hours and then well drained make a heavenly accompaniment for any sort of mildly sweet biscuit or cake They are especially good with anything made of almonds and thus consort happily with red wine Image The meal described above made by Valerie Stivers Source with notesThe fact Charles was limited in what he could buy store and cook reminded me of Jack Munroe s Tin Can Cook 75 Simple Store Cupboard Recipes being given away by food banks support that HERE and also on saleThere s a restaurant inspired by Murdoch s book see HERE but nothing on the menu is remotely like anything described by Charles In particular he laments the lack of fresh fish but it s a fish restaurant HEREuotes Watching the waves come flying through a rock bridge killing themselves in fits of rage Of course the water is very cold but after a few seconds it seems to coat the body in a kind of warm silvery skin as if one had acuired the scales of a merman The challenged blood rejoices with a new strength Yes this is my natural element There is not a vestige of beastly sand anywhere I have heard it called an ugly coast Long may it be deemed so The rocks are sandy yellow in colour covered with crystalline flecks and are folded into large ungainly incoherent heaps The mild hostility of the villagers does not worry me They know who I am But they have been at pains to exhibit indifference We lived upon a housing estate where loneliness was combined with lack of privacy I hate the falsity of grand dinner parties where amid much kissing there is the appearance of intimacy where there is really none I want you to be the lord and the king as you ve always been Yeah right she said that Felt a little depressed but was cheered up by supper spaghetti with a little butter and dried basil Basil is of course the king of herbs Then spring cabbage cooked slowly with dill Boiled onions served with bran herbs soya oil and tomatoes with one egg beaten in With these a slice or two of cold tinned corned beef 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just an excuse for eating vegetables Only a fool despises tomato ketchup A bright fierce little moon was shining dimming the stars and pouring metallic brilliance into the sea and animating the land with the ghostly intent presences of uiet rocks and trees The grass was a pollulating emerald green the rocks that grew here and there among the grass were almost dazzlingly alight with little diamonds The vivid dark light The sea was menacingly uiet Time like the sea unties all knots Judgements of people are never final An extraordinary novel at once page turner and philosophic comic and melodramatic one of the best that I ve read Murdoch is remarkably skilled at inhabiting the minds of her protagonists and Charles Arrowby a late middle aged bumbling morally dubious veteran of theater is a wondrous creation The first 100 pages of this novel shouldn t work as Charles inournal form moves to Shruff s end and inhabits a lonely house by the sea wanders aro Even a middling novelist can tell uite a lot of truth His humble medium is on the side of truth Whereas the theatre even at its most realistic is connected with the level at which and the methods by which we tell our everyday lies This is the sense in which ordinary theatre resembles life and dramatists are disgraceful liars unless they are very good On the other hand in a purely formal sense the theatre is the nearest to poetry of all the arts I used to think that if I could have been a poet I would never have bothered with the theatre at all but of course this is nonsense What I needed with all my starved and silent soul was ust that particular way of shouting back at the world The theatre is an attack on mankind carried on by magic to victimise an audience every night to make them laugh and cry and suffer and miss their trains Of course actors regard audiences as enemies to be deceived drugged incarcerated stupefied This is partly because the audience is also a court against which there is no appeal Sch. Trage intr un sat de la marginea marii ca sa isi scrie in liniste autobiografia Aici o intilneste pe Mary prima lui dragoste a carei prezenta il macina pina la obsesie si pe care planuieste sa o rapeasc.