The Sacred and Profane Love Machine by Iris Murdoch (1984, Paperback)
Overview Sacred and profane love are related opposites; the one enjoyed renders the other necessary, so that the ever-unsatisfied heart swings constantly to and fro.
- ISBN-13: 9780140041118
- Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
- Publication date: 3/28/1984
- Pages: 368
- Lexile: 900L (what's this?)
- Series: Penguin Books Series
- Product dimensions: 5.18 (w) x 7.66 (h) x 0.81 (d)
4.0 / 5.0
Compared to the other Murdoch novels I've read, 'The Bell' and 'The Green Knight,' 'The Sacred and Profane Love Machine' is not as well constructed. It concludes with a deus ex machina device which is rather transparent. Other than that, the novel is excellent. Murdoch has created a cast of mostly despicable characters, but has depicted them well, with scrutiny and depth. The characters are short on self-knowledge, but that is their fault, not Murdoch's. Her psychological novelist's style is admirably suited to the subject matter, surprises abound, and flashes of her wit and humor show through.