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Sheila Fitzpatrick on history vs memoir

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June–July 2014, no. 362
Sheila Fitzpatrick on history vs memoir

Sheila Fitzpatrick on history vs memoir

Reviewed by
June–July 2014, no. 362

In Iris Murdoch’s novel, The Sandcastle (1957), a young artist called Rain Carter is commissioned to paint a retired schoolmaster, Demoyte, an eccentric with an offbeat sense of humour. Instead of his usual attire – a shabby red velvet jacket with tobacco stains and bow tie – Demoyte turns up wearing a nondescript grey suit, explaining to a friend: ‘Am I to be summed up by a slip of a girl? ... I’m going to lead her up the garden [path] … She shan’t know what I’m like if I can help it!’

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