Thursday, October 17, 2013

Book Beginnings: The Sandcastle by Iris Murdoch

Please join me every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author's name.

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“Five hundred guineas!” said Mor’s wife. “Well I never!”

-- The Sandcastle (1957) by Iris Murdoch.  This is Murdoch's third novel.  It is the story of an unhappily married schoolteacher whose life is disrupted when a young artist comes to paint a portrait of the former headmaster.  It doesn't really matter what the story is, I always love Murdoch' s novels.


  1. Lol that's a great opener!

  2. I am interested!! :)

    I have never heard of this author, thanks for the introduction.

    Have a great day.

    Silver's Reviews
    My Book Beginnings

  3. I am like you. I have favorite authors and always read their books. Some are favorites, some not but that does not stop me.

  4. I haven't read any of Murdoch's novels. Clearly, I'm missing out!

  5. I haven't read a Murdoch novel...I'll have to remedy that!

  6. That's a great beginning. It could go a number of directions from here!


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