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Sk moving Murdoch will win you overdespite yourselfHilary Burde grows up in poverty

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He s by a tutor who notices his language skills and works with him to hone them Hillary is admitted to Oxford and finds a lush learning environment and yet another evoted tutor He thrives and Alipio dreams of saving himself and his younger sister from their childhood Just when he s ready to soar he commits a horrible act and his world crashes Burde is one of the mostespicable literary characters I think I ve ever encountered yet Murdoch s portrayal is compelling her revelatory pacing exuisite Hillary seems to say I portrayal is compelling her revelatory pacing exuisite Hillary seems to say I t forgive myself so it s your responsibility to if not forgive me excuse my bad behavior towards you You owe me I m entitled to indulge my basest instincts i hate myself so my basest instincts I hate myself so I m entitled to hate and abuse you His outlook is pretty mesmerizing Murdoch s style is outside almost any other writer The writing is at times incredibly beautiful but the characters especially the main one are horrible I ve read her Black Prince and The Nice and the Good which I also liked but A Word Child is on a whole ifferent level I wish I could say I loved her books but they re so lurid I can t As with all her books Word has an aura of exulted learning the kind that Oxford and other institutions of its ilk are known for It makes the action harder to relate to The educated Psychopath could be an alternate title Though Word Child was written in the mid 80 s it could easily be mistaken for something written in the fifties because the s and sexism would be at home uring that time Maybe Philip Roth was her proof reader though this cast of characters prove not only men can be misogynists More likely Murdoch s illustrating a point about one individual s twisted mind Poor Hilary Poorer still are the women who bump against him The men who cross his path aren t enjoying his company much eitherI almost feel stupid reviewing Murdoch s book because she writes with a The Guardship (Thomas Marlowe, depth of knowledge and an understanding of people at least a certain segment of them that her books seem untouchable by mere mortals She s like a scientist cutting live things open to see what s beating crawling or bleeding inside Ion t think she s the greatest writer who ever lived but she s whizzing in and out of them She s not for everyone though She s A Secret Place dark Her characters writhe about and suffer and they make the reader suffer with them It ain t pretty Well ok it kind of is lovely It s a loveliness that catches you unawares especially when you turn the page only to encounter something even tawdry flip another page and you re in an oasis of beauty Yet even as you turn the next page you re trembling knowing you re gonna get plunged back into icy watersand it s theead of winter It s too late for me This book solidified my Scandalous (Playing with Fire devotion to Murdoch It s not too late for you SAVE YOURSELF Hilary aeprived and Brute Force (Nick Stone, difficult boy is saved by a school master who nurtures his love of language He ends up at Oxford but most of the novel is set almost 20 years later when he is still suffering the results of aisastrous incident that ended his Oxford Beautiful Breasts Pictures days More plot than a typical Murdoch novel but not entirely believable and too rushed at the end MotivesIt s hard to fathom the motivation of many of the characters and why they put up with particular people and situations but perhaps that s what intrigued me and compelled me to continue Some of the minor characters were the most vivid and realistic Clifford office colleagues etc Unsympathetic CharactersIt s tricky to make a novel work with an unsympathetic main character indeed very few sympathetic characters but overall this oneoes In Hilary s case whether Murdoch knew it or not I To Risks Unknown don t think the condition was widelyiagnosed in 1975 when it was written his behaviour seems like classic Asperger s syndrome It would certainly explain his lack of empathy obsessive routines and fascination with the mechanics of grammar rather than using language for expression and inference Novels With Slightly Similar CharactersIt is interesting to compare this with the very When You Look Up different Curious Incident by Mark Haddon my review HERE and maybe The Housekeeper and the Professor my review HERE What a stupid coagulated mass of indistinguishable guilt and misery I had become How perfectly futile all my sufferings had been If only I could separate out that awful mixture of sin and pain if I could only even a for a short time even for a moment suffer purely without the burden of resentment and selfegradation to which I had The Vampire Next Door (Strange Neighbors, deliberately condemned myself there might be a place for a miracle And I reflected too as I walked and walked around. Ars as head of hisepartment Hilary hopes for forgiveness and a new life but finds himself haunted by a ghostly repetiti.
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A Word ChildThe most egregious facet of my Vintage Classics paperback edition of Iris Murdoch s A Word Child is undoubtedly The Clumsy Uote On The clumsy uote on the cover from The Times Iris Murdoch is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour While my sanity refuses me any scope to contest the fascinating colour of Iris s writing it would be crass and unacceptably unfair to attribute this particular book with beautiful colour as it is with a master craftswoman s artful poise that Iris Any Girl Can Be a CandyKiss Girl! / Tea with the Birds / The G-SUS Gene draws a very real monochrome yellow rendition of LondonInto this necessarily murky landscape Iris captures the complex frailties of human relationships and the fragile edifice of social behaviour as sheraws the reader through the guilt ridden habitual purgatory of the protagonist Hilary Burde s passive reminiscence of life uite on a par with the Scandal! devastating culpability which powers RR s War and Peace Engraving her legendary intelligence into every line of every page Murdoch entices the reader into a heartily pumping and fabulous charade of pain a calamitous world of sickening sibling relationships haunting nostalgia and naive virgin worshipAs the plot inevitably weaves into a powerful tapestryepicting childish renouncement of responsibilities the The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel disaster slowly unravels in almost farcical proportions as Iris Murdochisplays what can earnestly be called one of the most cunningly paced and thoroughly unblemished examples of the genius at work on a novel Hilary Burde is the word child of the title In school the only thing he Pilgrimage (1920) did really well in was languages He excelled at words but not in using them creatively his interest was in learning how they worked together the grammar not the poetry An abused orphan his plan was to get a position at Oxford which heid and bring his sister Crystal to come live with him and be educated by him But an ill advised love affair with a married woman results in a tragedy and he finds himself working at a Shapely Ankle Preferrd dead end government job his sister supporting herself as a seamstress He has a girlfriend Tommy who he treats horribly and a few friends who tolerate him It seems he has found his niche or rather his rut and will go on this way Until the wronged husband of his ill advised love affair comes to work as a higher up at the office he works at How will heeal with this Will he Sword at Sunset do the right thing this time around Burde is a thoroughly unlikable character He s weak he s narcissistic he expects the women in his life to just orbit uietly around him until he has use for them He has no ambition and no longer anyreams Basically he contributes little or nothing to the world Despite this Murdoch as managed to make the novel one I could not stop reading I have to admit it was rather like watching a slow motion car crash one where you wonder how many others he will take own with him this time Thankfully the supporting cast members are likable than Burde well most of them are His office mates are pretty strange All the supporting characters show of them are His office mates are pretty strange All the supporting characters show ultimately to have a lot to themselves than Burde assumes they have life love and volition beyond their association with him A very good book all round if you can take a main character who association with him A very good book all round if you can take a main character who a s I m giving this book four stars but liking is not exactly an emotion I associate with this read Frustration yes espair Exasperation at the way the characters all seem to be caught in their behavioral patterns Admiration for the intellectual elouence of the narrator Respect for the author who weaves her words so that I stayed with the story for all of its 400 pagesFor a long time I wanted to read something by Murdoch She has been praised and awarded and now I know why since she really is a very accomplished writer I m glad I read this book for the experience of having read a book by her But I would not lightly recommend this read to anyone elseThe themes are those of the great Tragedies being haunted by the Past being riven by Fate toward some inescapable Doom Wanting to be Forgiven There are many beautiful philosophical musings in the book on these subject which make it worth while for anyone wanting to read about themBut for anyone not particularly craving to be Cronache della famiglia Wapshot depressed this is not an advisable bookThe main charactereports himself in such an unlikable manner he attracts a crowd of people who either mock or pity him or both I found it hard to The Temple of the Golden Pavilion depict him in my mind s eye He s big bullying and brusue and yet has a following of females who make him the center of their lives out of pity or a sense they can save him or masochismThere seems to be a misogynist trait to this novel all the womenerive their worth from being with or waiting for Introduction by Ray MonkSaved by education from a elinuent childhood cheated of Oxford by a tragic love tangle Hilary Bu. ,

Man This book oes not pass the Bechdel test which simply ictates that it should answer the following three criteria 1 it has to it should answer the following three criteria 1 it has to at least two women in it who 2 who talk to each other about 3 something besides a man I was a bit SURPRISED BY THAT SINCE I ALWAYS THOUGHT OF MURDOCH by that since I always thought of Murdoch a modern woman It makes the book a bit unrealistic for me even if it is set in the seventies None of the women seems to have a voice that is truly her own they all use the same language and phrases Even the simple Crystal is uite elouent and intelligent there is nothing in speech or emeanor that New Penguin Cookery Book distinguishes the characters from each otherBut that goes for the male characters as well Even thoughifference in class and standing play a great role it is never really felt in the conversations They are all on one level even when they argueThe end of the novel answers to the laws of tragedy which is slightly satisfying On the other hand there is no real change in the main character at the end he and his main woman continue in the same unresolved manner they had in the beginningAll in all reading this book was like being trapped in a windowless small room without any fresh air Since that is obviously what the writer intended I can respect the craftmanship Putting the book away now that I ve finished it feels like a great relief My favourite Iris Murdoch and one of my favourite books London in the winter compare with Under the Net for London in the Summer Peter PanSloane Suare on the tubeI may be wrong but I think the boy at the centre of the Peter Pan story killed himself at Sloane Suare Underground station One of my favorites by by Ms Murdoch a GREAT PLACE TO START IF YOU place to start if you never read her fiction very Wrong Pong darkly funny also about mad love The word child of the title is Hilary Burde the narrator Using one of her rare first person narratives the book has an interesting structure with each chapter headed by aay of the week This is based on the order and routine Hilary has attempted to establish for his life by having certain things that he always Dealmakers Guide To Commercial Real Estate does on certainays of the week and the novel follows him as this routine is gradually upended From childhood he escaped into his own world through a talent for languages partly The Contest of the Century due to the inexpiable horror of having caused theeath of another man s wife an event which ended his promising Oxford career and sent him into a The Battle of the Atlantic decade of self flagellation Gunnar the wronged widower reappears remarried but as paralyzed as Hilary by the events of twenty years ago Through the agency of an unfathomable half Indian servant Gunnar s second wife begins an euivocal intrigue with Hilary on the pretext of getting Gunnar to come to terms with his feelings about Hilary and Anne seath The moral imperatives of the The Real Dads Army developing situation are perceived in contradictory terms by Hilary and his small circle of confederates a persistent half wanted mistress a placid co worker and his effusively solicitous wife a rancorous homosexual friend the beautiful and mysterious servant his unpresentable but adored sister and her humblyevoted fiance Murdoch gives us all the machinery and then some for a cause of conscience of the most perverse contradictory and surreal complexity in a subjectively perceived post Christian universe where moral impasses obstinately continue to exist and to have conseuences but no canon law can help us predict them The result of the events is a resounding triumph One can see themes Model-Based Systems Engineering with OPM and SysML develop and abound the first person narrative keeps you riveted in spite of the limits of this point of view Essentially it is a Gothic tale whose atmosphere concerns fall and redemption The author s use of stylistic effects is outstanding I enjoyed the neat obvious and effective structure of the book which kept the events within reasonable limits Some may find Murdoch somewhat challenging but but I relish the feeling that the in this case as with her best novels goods have beenelivered The narrator of this the seventeenth novel by Iris Murdoch is a forty one year old man called Hilary Burde who had a Pour une branche de gui difficult childhood as an orphan and could only use violence to express himself He is eventually mentored b This isefinitely my favourite of the Iris Murdoch book that I have so far read for the Murdoch a month challenge The characters are fascinating complex beings the story so finely plotted and yet it is a very readable Murdoch a page turner I loved the Medieval Intrigue descriptions on London in this one London is a feature of IM s work but with this novel there were a lot of references to places I knew in London I go there very seldomI also enjoyed Hilary s Office life with the bickering and gossip ande. Rde cherishes his obsessive guilt and isappointment in a ull civil service job When the man whom he has betrayed reappe.