I never intended to read this book. I have heard of Iris Murdoch before, but for some unknown reason, it didn’t resonate with me. Probably the timing for us to meet was not right. You may ask what brought me to the desire of reading one of her novels. I cannot have an answer to this other than the one that I wanted to feel an old edition of a book and this one fell into my hands.
Bill, Nan, Rain and how they connect with your heart
So “The Sandcastle” is a book about a British couple, Bill and Nan Mor, who after some decades of marriage they don’t have much to say to each other anymore. Bill is a History and Latin teacher at a public school with dreams of becoming a politician and Nan, well she is a housewife which has as only preoccupations moving furniture and nagging her husband. So when a young artist, Rain Carter, comes to town to paint the portrait of the former school’s headmaster, Demoyte, all Bill’s world comes upside down.
The narrative is so calmly and well written. I loved how Iris made the descriptions. I felt the dry and hot air, the green from the forest and the purring rain. The characters were also very well crayoned. I hated Nan from the first two pages of the book, and become to respect her in the last ones. I imagined Rain and all her fancy Parisian clothes. Bill Mor, even though he is the main character, he didn’t have much impact on me. I’ve seen him just the typical man who finds himself in his mid-life crises (however I couldn’t imagine him looking other than like Colin Firth).
Who should read “The Sandcastle” novel
So is this a love story? Definitely yes. But is it a happy love story? That depends on the way you look at things and if you refer to passion or love. Who should read this book? Everyone who enjoyed the “Downton Abbey” series, or people who are searching for a noncheesy romantic book.