Archives for Iris Murdoch

Great opening paragraph 57… ‘The Philosopher’s Pupil’ #amwriting #FirstPara

“A few minutes before his brainstorm, or whatever it was, took place, George McCaffrey was having a quarrel with his wife. It was eleven o’clock on a rainy March evening. They had been visiting George’s mother. Now George was driving along the quayside, taking the short-cut along the canal past the iron foot-bridge. It was raining hard. The malignant rain rattled on the car like shot. Propelled in oblique flurries, it assaulted the windscreen, obliterating in a second the frenetic strivings of the windscreen wipers. Little demonic faces composed of racing raindrops appeared and vanished. The intermittent yellow light of the street lamps, illuminating the grey atoms of the storm, fractured in sudden stars upon the rain-swarmed glass. Bumping on cobbles the car hummed and drummed.” ‘The Philosopher’s Pupil’ by Iris Murdoch Amazon   Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:- ‘Couples’ by John Updike ‘Spies’ by Michael Frayn ‘The Collector’ by John Fowles And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: A great 1st para: THE PHILOSOPHER’S PUPIL by Iris Murdoch #books http://wp.me/p5gEM4-mf via @SandraDanby
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Great Opening Paragraph 38… ‘A Severed Head’ #amwriting #FirstPara

“’You’re sure she doesn’t know?’ said Georgie. ‘Antonia? About us? Certain.’ Georgie was silent for a moment and then said, ‘Good.’ That curt ‘Good’ was characteristic of her, typical of a toughness which had, to my mind, more to do with honesty than with ruthlessness. I liked the dry way in which she accepted our relationship. Only with a person so eminently sensible could I have deceived my wife.” ‘A Severed Head’ by Iris Murdoch  Amazon Try these other 1st paras by Iris Murdoch:- ‘The Sea The Sea’ ‘The Philosopher’s Pupil’ And read about the first edition of The Sea The Sea, first published by Chatto & Windus in 1978. Try one of these 1st paras & discover a new author:- ‘Nineteen Minutes’ by Jodi Picoult ‘1984’ by George Orwell ‘The Cement Garden’ by Ian McEwan And if you’d like to tweet a link to THIS post, here’s my suggested tweet: A 1st para which makes me want to read more: A SEVERED HEAD by Iris Murdoch #books https://wp.me/p5gEM4-ml via @SandraDanby
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