Book Reviews of Elegy for Iris

Elegy for Iris
Elegy for Iris
Author: John Bayley
ISBN-13: 9780312253820
ISBN-10: 0312253826
Publication Date: 11/20/1999
Pages: 275
Rating:
  • Currently 3.7/5 Stars.
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3.7 stars, based on 7 ratings
Publisher: Picador USA
Book Type: Paperback
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A loving tribute by the husband of Iris Murdoch, noted author, whose wife of many years, is stricken with Alzheimers Disease. Not at all depressing, quite the contrary, and his love for her is strengthened. Anyone who has a loved one or friend that has dealt with this disease will find it moving and less fearful. A life and it,s changing patterns and at the same time a celebration of life. A caregiver,s experience and one to treasure. I never saw the movie based on this book, but look forward to doing so now. GinaK
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John Bayley, a literary critic who taught at Oxford, writes his own book about his love for his wife and her descent into her own world due to Alzheimer's disease. This book feels like a wonderful conversation with a wise friend.
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John Bayley writes of Iris Murdock, the talented author and love of his life as she sinks into Alzheimers.
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this is a literate and lovely memory of a beloved wife who was a phenomenal writer and scholar.
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Beautiful story. Inspired the movie "Iris".
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The intimate and insightful account of the marriage of two British intellectuals, the philosophical novelist Iris Murdoch, and the eminent academic, literary critic, and writer John Bayley. Reading this account by the widower Bayley reveals how and why the marriage succeeded and endured for decades, in part because neither partner demanded concessions from the other's individual integrity, as artist, or as scholar. Bayley's musings about the changes Alzheimer's disease caused in his brilliant novelist-wife are poignant to read. He is forthright about the vexations that led to occasional outbursts on his part, but even when he recounts such moments, the reader can plainly understand that his love is unfaltering, and so it remained, to the end. Iris Murdoch died in February of 1999.
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A true story written by the husband of Iris Murdoch, a very bright author and what their lives became like when she was diagnosed with Alzheimers. Very touching and poignant story.
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a very touching book about the author Iris Murdoch written by her husband.
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Great condition.