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The Time of the Angels (original 1966; edition 1988)

by Iris Murdoch

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Title:The Time of the Angels
Authors:Iris Murdoch
Info:Penguin (Non-Classics) (1988), Paperback
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The Time of the Angels by Iris Murdoch (1966)

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This is the 1978 edition by Triad/Panther Books. The cover shows a detail from a painting of Chloe Boughton_Leigh c. 1907. by Gwen John (Tate Gallery, London). ( )
  velvetink | Mar 31, 2013 |
The Time of the Angels is definitely not Christmas. Carel Fisher has lost his faith but not his place in the church hierarchy. He, his daughter, niece, and housekeeper have moved to a parish in London without a church building or congregation. There they find a Russian refugee who takes care of the manse and his beautiful amoral son. Finally there are Marcus, Carel's brother and his friend Norah, two teachers who have taught Leo, the Russian's son and Muriel, Carel's daughter. Anthea Barlow, presumably a church woman who keeps trying to get in to see Carel, rounds out the cast of characters. The book explores the relationships among these nine people as they discuss the nature of Good without God and wander around in a cold London fog.
Although Carel is at the center of the book, we don't get to see him often and know him mainly through his influence on the other characters. As a hint, I'd say that Carel doesn't so much hate God (that's what the blurb on the cover of my copy says) as that he has appropriated God's place. The angels that have been loosed by the death of God are the principalities and powers - and nobody should expect any good of them. Marcus, on the other hand, never believed in God but sees man seeking to be Good for nothing because goodness does exist.
This is not one of Murdoch's best. There's little humor to lighten the miasmas of dysfunction. She wrote it in 1966, and I was as shocked today as I would have been then at the first major plot twist. Plot twist number two should have been equally shocking but wasn't. Plot twist number three provided the only laugh in the book for me. I would not recommend it as the first for someone curious about Murdoch. ( )
10 vote LizzieD | Dec 16, 2012 |
I rather like this book, though it's darker than most of Murdoch's writings. ( )
  mcshaw2 | Jan 7, 2008 |
The London fog seems to suffuse this novel, shroud its characters. And the charactes do seem, for the most part, in the dark. A novel about loss of faith. And, I think, about for what life is worth living. Not one of her better novels, but still interesting. ( )
1 vote wirkman | Mar 23, 2007 |
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Carel Fisher is a priest who is experiencing doubt and beginning to feel hate for God. The novel explores the forces of good and evil, and studies a religious man transferring his faith from one force to the other. This Collected Edition is published to honour Iris Murdoch's 70th birthday.

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