The Bell by Iris Murdoch

About the book

Dora Greenfield, erring wife, returns to live with her husband in a a lay community encamped outside Imber Abbey, home to a mysterious enclosed order of nuns. Watched over by its devout director and the discreet authority of the wise old Abbess, Imber Court is a haven for lost souls seeking tranquility. But then the lost Abbey bell, legendary symbol of religion and magic, is rediscovered, and hidden truths and desires are forced into the light.

Reviewed by Entre Nous Reading Group:

A wonderfully crafted novel. Very descriptive of human faces, attitudes and actions and a compelling read. A class above most of the books we have read.

Star rating: ****

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4 thoughts on “The Bell by Iris Murdoch”

  1. Review by Eastleigh Library Wednesday Group:
    Enjoyable book generating lots of discussion. It was well written although some thought dated. Main characters were odd and it was difficult to understand their feelings. Some mystery in the story which encouraged us to read on.
    Star rating: ***


  2. Review by Perspectives Reading Group:
    A good reading group book with plenty of points for discussion. The characters were not particularly likeable but still interesting.
    Star rating: ***


  3. Review by Firgrove Ladies Reading Group
    We all agreed that the book portrayed very well the atmosphere of a small enclosed society. However, we realised just how much our social attitudes have changed. some elements in the story stretched the imagination too far.
    Rating: ***


  4. Review by St Mary’s RC Reading Group, Gosport
    We LOVED this book – classic Iris Murdoch. Murdoch is unparrallelled. The setting, the moral dilemmas of the characters and a cracking story that keeps you turning the page.
    **** 4 stars


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