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Elegy For Iris Review In one of literary historys ghastlier ironies Iris Murdoch the author of such highly intellectual and philosophical novels as A Severed Head and Under the Net was diagnosed in 1994 with Alzheimers disease which slowly destroys reasoning powers memory even the ability to speak coherently. Her husband English literary critic John Bayley unsparingly depicts his wifes affliction in prose as elegant and accessible as hers always was. Readers may wince at the spectacle of Murdoch glued to the TV watching the Teletubbies program unable to perform tasks as simple as dressing herself and prey to devastating anxiety as the world becomes less and less comprehensible to her. We understand Bayleys occasional fits of rage when his caretaking chores overwhelm him. Yet in the end his memoir is touching even inspiring. As he recalls their first meetings and marriage in the 1950s it becomes clear that theirs was always an unconventional union in which solitude was as important to each
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