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    For fans of the author s The Sea, The Sea, here s a great book that has a similar tone and structure The similarities with The Sea we have a just retired divorced man who has rented an ocean front cottage He has always used women and treated them callously old flames return making theatrical appearances at his door at inopportune times These include his ex and he assumes she wants to get back with him, which may or may not be true And just like The Sea, we have a murder, an attempted murder and a suicide I d say there are three main themes love the experience of falling in love and being in love the pros and cons of marriage, and art On love Iris Murdoch made this famous quote Every artist is an unhappy lover And unhappy lovers want to tell their story It s about falling in love with the emphasis on falling It happens to this 58 year old man instantaneously over dinner one night with a woman barely 20 years old a daughter of long time friends of his He is smitten as if he had heart attack The author tells us in an aside that few authors write about the experience of being in love and that is mainly what the story is about The absolute yearning of one human body for another particular one and its indifference to substitutes is one of life s major mysteries On marriage But there is a natural hostility between the married and the unmarried I cannot stand the shows so often quite instinctively put on by married people to insinuate that they are moral than you are Moreover to help their case the unmarried person often naively assumes that all marriages are happy unless shown to be otherwise And People who boast of happy marriages are, I submit, usually self deceivers, if not actually liars There is nothing like the bootless solitude of those who are caged together On art our main character worked in a tax office but his real love was literary things he wrote book reviews and one critically acclaimed book He s in a rivalry with another male author He wrote one great book his opinion but his friend bangs one out every year He believes he discovered the other writer so we have this complicated mentor prot g e relationship It revolves around the theme is art supposed to be difficult or fun Other passages I liked One can see many men who live happily, possessed and run indeed manned, the way a ship is manned by women of tremendous will Of course men play roles, but women play roles too, blanker ones They have in the play of life, fewer good lines written in 1973 Do we keep secrets from friends to make ourselves feel superior Is it because To see someone as not in the know is to see them as diminished Those who occasion loss of dignity are hard to forgive One must constantly meditate upon the absurdities of chance, a subject even edifying that the subject of death Her eyes were red and swollen with crying, and her mouth was rectangular with complaint, like the mouth of a letter box you don t know what it s like waking every morning and finding the whole horror of being yourself still there And our lover It ends badly for him, of course So badly that at the end someone collects his memoirs and has each of the major characters react to them So we are treated to new twists and turns about what really happened Like The Sea, The Sea, a great read that I added to my favorites top image from thewordtravels.comlower of London apartments from orchardsoflondon.com


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    This is, somehow, my fourth Iris Murdoch novel in as many months, and some of her tendencies have become apparent Here too we have a foppish, marginally asexual middle aged man who experiences a not so good awakening we have a third act tragedy involving a supporting character we have a bit character who scarcely ever appears but is mentioned frequently to give the illusion of time passing we have philosophic departures into the nature of love we have a queer supporting man who willingly becomes a butler figure for sadomasochistic reasons we have a love pentagram.Fortunately, I love all these things, and so I love Iris Murdoch THE BLACK PRINCE deviates from the form in a few ways the narrative is a bit nasty and sad cruel depictions of middle aged women abound, the philosophic sections are separated , and there is immediate doubt given as to the reliability of the protagonist Bradley Pearson, a failed author with a rival best friend named Arnold Bradley writes the book from an indeterminate location in space and time, and a sequence of letters at the end call into doubt swaths of the narrative.The action starts with delay Bradley keeps trying to get out of London to write his long delayed novel and keeps getting held back Murdoch novels work like stages the primary locations are always heavily permeable, with frequent, comedic entrances that add complications There are numerous candidates for Bradley s love his ex wife is back in town and single Arnold s wife likes him Arnold likes Bradley s ex wife Bradley s ex wife s brother likes him Arnold s daughter likes him his sister likes no one but is mucking everything up everyone thinks Bradley and Arnold secretly like each other Complexity stacks Oh, she writes this kind of thing so well And with Murdoch, there is always a hook This one happens very late, almost exactly halfway through the novel, and from there on it catches fire, a thrilling novella that I won t spoil Look at the writing when Bradley does fall in love, the prose is so pyrotechnic but simultaneously makes fun of him But nothing really had prepared me for this blow And it was a BLOW, I was felled by it physically I felt as if my stomach had been shot away, leaving a gaping hole My knees dissolved, I could not stand up, I shuddered and trembled all over, my teeth chattered My face felt as if it had become waxen and some huge strange weirdly smiling mask had been imprinted upon it, I had become some sort of god I lay there with my nose stuck into the black wool of the rug and the toes of my shoes making little ellipses on the carpet as I shook with possession Of course I was sexually excited, but what I felt transcended mere lust to such a degree that although I could vividly sense my afflicted body I also felt totally alienated and changed and practically disincarnate Wow There is a sequence of vomiting in the opera shortly after this that is one of the funnier things I can remember reading I like BLACK PRINCE better than THE BELL and not as much as SEVERED HEAD or THE SEA, THE SEA One needs to trust that Murdoch is both hilarious and wicked to stick with this one which is why I think SEVERED HEAD makes the best gateway drug I read it slowly and quickly at once high praise.


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    Terribly funnier, lighter and deeper, from a stunningly caricature accuracy In the line of Virginia Woolf, Lispector or simply of Sylvia Plath Just to name a few female authors.


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    3.5 5The term unreliable narrator is a popular one in literature As are creativity , art , and great , words whose definitions are thrown around so quickly that the mind can hardly fix on one before another, truthful one is sailing past As if truth had anything to do with it.Let s start with the unreliable part of the first term Unreliable how What standard of reliability do we actually have at our disposal The simplest answer is the book itself, an answer that quickly devolves into an inescapable paradox from the purely objective point of view As a result, one must step back from the lenses of objectivity, and trust in the states of transience that meaning undergoes for each and every occasion.This book has an unreliable narrator In fact, it has many, and one would go mad in the attempt to discover the real story based on the accounts of all of these different and differing voices Pardon my usage of concrete ideals that belie their inherent complexity, but the story is not of real importance here There is a story, that is true, but this story is something that was viewed through the perspectives of many human beings, each with prejudices and motives and other mental biases that warp and twist whatever observations they manage to capture from reality It is these disconnections between whatever constituted these observations and their final rendition on paper that are of interest Or, accurately, just how much havoc these disconnections wreak when one comes in contact with another through that vague film of reality The real chaos provoked by the clashing of abstract interpretations is even pronounced here, in a book wholly consumed with the idea of art What is art How does one define its many aspects, and importantly, how does one come to create their own Should one be prolific in their attempts at this most beautiful of substances, or should one wait until one has enough experience the right state of mind the most fruitful life opportunity close at hand I do not have an answer for that But many of the characters in this book do, each as varied and conflicting as their inherent characteristics One thing they all hold in common, though, is their ability to clean up the story in their recounting, shape it to a single theme that guides their individual story to their own satisfactory ends Seemingly well constructed interpretations are prolific here, all the striking when contrasted with the glimpses of the most banal of realities that each writer lets slip in their own fashion In my mind the former interpretations, while admittedly much impressive in terms of thematic power and linguistic expression, would not be nearly so impressive without the latter banalities Why Because it is this pervasive contrast between high flown words of interpretation and the mundane facts of what really happened that is so fascinating Especially when each narrator wishes to tell the truth, and many of them wish to do it in a way that they consider art Words and reality physical, mental, sociocultural, political, rational, so many multitudes of al s swirling about and shifting the story at hand have equal amounts of power over each other It only requires a small change in either of them to drastically change the results of their constant war One event Two people see it Each pens down their own version of what they believe happened One person reads the writings of the other, and responds with a correct version of the others One reader reads all of these linguistic exercises and theoretical meanderings One reader wonders at the discrepancies, the accusations, the drama One reader wonders.


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    I read this years ago and thought it was hilarious, especially when the old prissy geezer was taking the young lovely student he was hopelessly in lurve with to the Opera and was so excited and overwhelmed by the whole inebriating ineffable scrotum bedevilling lurve thing that he vomited all over the row in front Which quite curtailed the passion for that evening.I actually re read this not that long ago and it wasn t quite so side splitting but the vomit scene still brought forth a few chortles.All the characters in Iris Murdoch s novels are little upper middle class clockwork figurines, she winds them up and they rush here and shag, and rush there and existentialise, and rush there and divorce It s funny and exhausting and you often need a chart But one Iris Murdoch novel is a must.So it should be this one.


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    once again iris murdoch makes my head explode each time i think i m in the wrong place when i start everything seems so conventional and normal, even boring so british, and calling, and tea cups and all, and then, oh then, it just sort of explodes into sparks of clarity dancing around sordidness combined with philosophy its meditations primarily on art, and love i found several lengthy sections to type out, after the quote below, but cannot now bring myself to do so as the book has exhausted me it has rung me out but i will not forget it i do not say i like it, and yet, i cannot say i don t love it with this, and the unicorn, murdoch has taught me much about suffering, and madness a quote from the narrator, which perhaps gives credence to those that align bradley pearson with humbert humbert in their minds I felt that I was, at every instant, creating Julian and supporting her being with my own At the same time I saw her too in every way as I had seen her before I saw her simplicity, her ignorance, her childish unkindness, her unpretty anxious little face She was not beautiful or brilliantly clever How false it is to say love is blind I could even judge her, I could even condemn her, I could even, in some possible galactic loop of thought, make her suffer But this was still the stuff of paradise because I was a god and I was involved with her in some eternal activity of making to be which was of sole and absolute value and with her the world was made, nothing was lost, not a grain of sand nor a speck of dust since she was the world and I touched her everywhere.


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    Assuming that The Black Prince is a fair representation of Iris Murdoch s work, I think its unlikely I ll read any of her books.That s not to say she s a poor author, nor is it to suggest I didn t like The Black Prince She is a fine author, and I liked The Black Prince well enough But my experience with this book and what that means to my future engagement with Murdoch s novels is a bit like my experience with swimming laps in the local pool without a loftier purpose neither is worth the effort.I love swimming I really do And I like how I feel after I ve gotten back into the routine of swimming But I have to make time, get ready, get to the pool, put in the effort to swim those laps, stress out my lungs, feel the ache in my muscles the next day, and work on staying motivated despite my enjoyment Yet I get just as much enjoyment out of sitting on my sofa watching a rerun of Match Game, which takes no effort at all, and much enjoyment out of swimming, biking and running with a sprint triathlon as the end goal effort, but it s effort well spent If Match Game is the literary equivalent of a fun Terry Pratchett novel and triathlon training is the equivalent of Ulysses, I ll always avoid the middle ground that The Black Prince fills It s good, but the effort really isn t worth the payoff.If I am wrong, however, and Murdoch s other books are worth the effort, I would love to hear a convincing argument and some recommendations because, if nothing else, this book shows that she is a good author.


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The Black Prince download The Black Prince , read online The Black Prince , kindle ebook The Black Prince , The Black Prince 66ee0b665286 Bradley Pearson, An Unsuccessful Novelist In His Late Fifties, Has Finally Left His Dull Office Job As An Inspector Of Taxes Bradley Hopes To Retire To The Country, But Predatory Friends And Relations Dash His Hopes Of A Peaceful Retirement He Is Tormented By His Melancholic Sister, Who Has Decided To Come Live With Him His Ex Wife, Who Has Infuriating Hopes Of Redeeming The Past Her Delinquent Brother, Who Wants Money And Emotional Confrontations And Bradley S Friend And Rival, Arnold Baffin, A Younger, Deplorably Successful Author Of Commercial Fiction The Ever Mounting Action Includes Marital Cross Purposes, Seduction, Suicide, Abduction, Romantic Idylls, Murder, And Due Process Of Law Bradley Tries To Escape From It All But Fails, Leading To A Violent Climax, And A Coda That Casts Shifting Perspectives On All That Has Preceded