Rain is pattering down on the roof and in my hair is wet because we've just been for a walk in the rain. Thats reality. Unreality is the world of books where you're invited to suspend belief for while and imagine the raindrops in your hair.
Iris Murdoch can do this with the ease of a dog scratching fleas. In the this way, The Nice and The Good is a work of utter genius. Be it kids or adults Murdoch gets inside them as no one else can, delving about their psyches like a mischievous imp. There is no sense of self-the writers not there, no one's cavorting and preening- she's got a bunch of interesting characters and a story and she just gets on with it.
Throughout, the ghost of the Murdock in "Iris and Her Friends" by her husband John Bayley, hovers. It is a sad end, a mind thats just let go, an elderly brain in the grip of alzheimers. You can't help thinking of it as you read- she's so generous with her imagination, and in the end its her imagination that lets her down.
Read this book and delve into the lives of others. Read it and be intrigued by a masterful plot. Above all, suspend disbelief- those raindrops in your hair are real. I love Iris. 5/5