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    ”What a stupid coagulated mass of indistinguishable guilt and misery I had become How perfectly futile all my sufferings had been If only I co

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    Hilary a deprived and 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 a disastr

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    Murdoch will win you overdespite yourselfHilary Burde grows up in poverty abused He's saved 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 a

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    This is definitely 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 descriptions on London in this one London is a feature of IM's work b

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    The narrator of this the seventeenth novel by Iris Murdoch is a forty one year old man called Hilary Burde who had a diffic

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    One of my favorites by by Ms Murdoch a great place to start if you've never read her fiction very 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 a day of the week This is based on the order and routine Hilary has attempted to establish for his life b

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    My favourite Iris Murdoch and one of my favourite books London in the winter compare with Under the Net for Lond

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    I'm giving this book four stars but liking is not exactly an emotion I associate with this read Frustration yes despair Exasperation at the way the characters all seem to be caught in their behavioral patterns Admiration for

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    Hilary Burde is the word child of the title In school the only thing he 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 th

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    The most egregious facet of my Vintage Classics paperback edition of Iris Murdoch’s “A Word Child” is undoubtedly t

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A Word Child

Introduction by Ray MonkSaved by education from a delinuent childhood cheated of Oxford by a tragic love tangle Hilary Bu. Murdoch will win you overdespite yourselfHilary Burde grows up in poverty abused He s saved 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 devoted tutor He thrives and 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 most despicable literary characters I think I ve ever encountered yet Murdoch s portrayal is compelling her revelatory pacing exuisite Hillary seems to say I can 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 much 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 different 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 during 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 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 I don 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 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 the dead of winter It s too late for me This book solidified my devotion to Murdoch It s not too late for you SAVE YOURSELF

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Ars as head of his department Hilary hopes for forgiveness and a new life but finds himself haunted by a ghostly repetiti. I m giving this book four stars but liking is not exactly an emotion I associate with this read Frustration yes despair 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 driven 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 depressed this is not an advisable bookThe main character deports 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 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 women derive their worth from being with or waiting for a man This book does not pass the Bechdel test which simply dictates that it should answer the following three criteria 1 it has to have 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 as 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 demeanor that distinguishes the characters from each otherBut that goes for the male characters as well Even though difference 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

review é eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF Ø Iris Murdoch

Rde cherishes his obsessive guilt and disappointment in a dull civil service job When the man whom he has betrayed reappe. This is definitely 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 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 and desk moving

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  • 23 August 2019
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About the Author: Iris Murdoch

Dame Jean Iris Murdoch Irish born British writer university lecturer and prolific and highly professional novelist Iris Murdoch dealt with everyday ethical or moral issues sometimes in the light of myths As a writer she was a perfectionist who did not allow editors to change her text Murdoch produced 26 novels in 40 years the last written while she was suffering from Alzheimer disease She