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Read æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Í Iris Murdoch Free download ✓ A Word Child å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Rde cherishes his obsessive guilt and disappointment in a dull civil service job When the man whom he has betrayed reappe. The narrator of this the seventeenth novel by Iris Murdoch is a forty one year old man called Hilary Burde who had a difficult childhood as an orphan and could only use violence to express himself He is eventually mentored by a teacher Mr Osmand goes to Oxford and then after a tragic event sinks from his potential glorious rise in life to become a badly paid underutilized civil servant which is where the story begins To maintain his sanity Hilary has a strictly regimented life whether it be what he eats and wears or the days of the week he has dinner with the various people in his life These include his childlike sister Crystal his subordinate Arthur and Laura and Freddie Impiatt all of whom provide different atmosphere s for Hilary to play his acknowledged part Something clearly has to give in this mundane repressed life and it eventually does as we find out what the tragic event was and see its continuing repercussions play out in tempestuous fashionHilary may have had a difficult start in life but this as so often with Murdoch s male characters is not a man we can like or particularly empathize with He may be aware of his cruel rude and selfish behavior but takes few steps to change it and can t seem to stop himself torturing those he sees as weaker or beneath himself his girlfriend Thomasina Arthur Christopher his ex boy band flat mate all are subjected to his emotional brutality in one way or another not helped by the copious amounts of alcohol he consumes As his emotions vacillate from day to day so do those around him and by the end of the novel every main female character has been in tears at least once often because of Hilary who has ideas in his head of the role they should play and that they can only fail to live up to He is constantly grabbing women by the wrists in the novel like he s putting manacles on them and there is a sense of his restrained violence even with his beloved sister CrystalHis relationship in particular with Crystal who he seems to want to keep in a box like a toy is sometimes touching but primarily disturbing Crystal is a symbol of the innocence that Hilary has lost and as such he wants to keep her cloistered unable to be potentially sullied She just had to be always available in a place fixed and controlled by me I had to know at any moment where she was If that wasn t enough here is his comment about women in general b I was feeling so intensely sorry for myself by this time I was delighted to see Tommy After all a woman is a woman and it is her job to be a ministering angel Tommy ministered Yup he s a charmer alrightWe only hear about the other characters through Hilary s eyes and for the most part he takes them all for granted although the Impiatts and Clifford appear to use him as much as he uses them either for entertainment or company Much of the humor of the novel relies on Hilary s strident rudeness to others or unwillingness to play along with their jokes and schemes Most take place in the offices and in scenes in the flat and there is one particularly amusing scene between the Impiatts Hilary and Christopher This is very much however a sad and frustrating novel in so many ways as the inevitability of what is going to happen becomes clear and each character muddles their way through this wintry London lifeThe weather in the novel is a major presence it seems as though Murdoch s novels either take place in the blazing sunshine of summer or the cold and fog of winter this is a winter novel and the fog the cold and wet are pivotal in events that take place There are numerous scenes of walking through London of meetings in parks and by the river that are made dramatic by dripping hair and ice cold fingers and London itself and its landmarks such as Big Ben and its crammed tube trains of commuters is also part of this hemmed in atmosphere The park at Hampstead itself serves as Hilary s happy place in a uote which shows us not only this but Hilary s desire for structure and suppressed violence he says For me the park was the great divide between myself and a happier land into which I thought that I was destined to enter It was not to be It turned out that I was unfit for ordinary life I was always sorry that I had been too young to be in the war I would have enjoyed the war Nevertheless despite the freuent desire to strangle Hilary he makes for an engrossing read the writing is top notch and the ability of Murdoch to create a world of sualid apartments gloomy streets and thoroughly dislikable characters and yet still create that feeling of sinking into a good book from the very first page is present as always Some favorite Lines There is nothing like early promiscuous sex for dispelling life s bright mysterious expectations After a pause Tommy said Aren t you thinking rather too grandly of yourself You are just you after all with the crinkly hair and the crooked face and the odd socks on Her beautiful golden eyes were hidden by the thick glasses whereon all sorts of reflections were playing as she moved her head dealing with the bottle Her frizzy orange tinted hair hung heavily down as if a small thick mat had been laid upon her head I stared at that face and the universe seemed to circle round uietly like a great bird and come to rest The Prince of Pleasure The Wilde Brothers #05 year old man called Hilary Burde who had a difficult childhood as an orphan and could only use violence to express himself He is eventually mentored by a teacher Mr Osmand goes to Oxford and then after a tragic event sinks from his potential glorious rise in life to become a badly paid underutilized civil servant which is where the story begins To maintain his sanity Hilary has a strictly regimented life whether it be what he eats and wears or the days of the week he has dinner with the various people in his life These include his childlike sister Crystal his subordinate Arthur and Laura and Freddie Impiatt all of whom provide different atmosphere s for Hilary to play his acknowledged part Something clearly has to give in this mundane repressed life and it eventually does as we find out what the tragic event was and see its continuing repercussions play out in tempestuous fashionHilary may have had a difficult start in life but this as so often with Murdoch s male characters is not a man we can like or particularly empathize with He may be aware of his cruel rude and selfish behavior but takes few steps to change it and can t seem to stop himself torturing those he sees as weaker or beneath himself his girlfriend Thomasina Arthur Christopher his ex boy band flat mate all are subjected to his emotional brutality in one way or another not helped by the copious amounts of alcohol he consumes As his emotions vacillate from day to day so do those around him and by the end of the novel every main female character has been in tears at least once often because of Hilary who has ideas in his head of the role they should play and that they can only fail to live up to He is constantly grabbing women by the wrists in the novel like he s putting manacles on them and there is a sense of his restrained violence even with his beloved sister CrystalHis relationship in particular with Crystal who he seems to want to keep in a box like a toy is sometimes touching but primarily disturbing Crystal is a symbol of the innocence that Hilary has lost and as such he wants to keep her cloistered unable to be potentially sullied She just had to be always available in a place fixed and controlled by me I had to know at any moment where she was If that wasn t enough here is his comment about women in general b I was feeling so intensely sorry for myself by this time I was delighted to see Tommy After all a woman is a woman and it is her job to be a ministering angel Tommy ministered Yup he s a charmer alrightWe only hear about the other characters through Hilary s eyes and for the most part he takes them all for granted although the Impiatts and Clifford appear to use him as much as he uses them either for entertainment or company Much of the humor of the novel relies on Hilary s strident rudeness to others or unwillingness to play along with their jokes and schemes Most take place in the offices and in scenes in the flat and there is one particularly amusing scene between the Impiatts Hilary and Christopher This is very much however a sad and frustrating novel in so many ways as the inevitability of what is going to happen becomes clear and each character muddles their way through this wintry London lifeThe weather in the novel is a major presence it seems as though Murdoch s novels either take place in the blazing sunshine of summer or the cold and fog of winter this is a winter novel and the fog the cold and wet are pivotal in events that take place There are numerous scenes of walking through London of meetings in parks and by the river that are made dramatic by dripping hair and ice cold fingers and London itself and its landmarks such as Big Ben and its crammed tube trains of commuters is also part of this hemmed in atmosphere The park at Hampstead itself serves as Hilary s happy place in a uote which shows us not only this but Hilary s desire for structure and suppressed violence he says For me the park was the great divide between myself and a happier land into which I thought that I was destined to enter It was not to be It turned out that I was unfit for ordinary life I was always sorry that I had been too Hers to Protect Shores of Indian Lake #11 young to be in the war I would have enjoyed the war Nevertheless despite the freuent desire to strangle Hilary he makes for an engrossing read the writing is top notch and the ability of Murdoch to create a world of sualid apartments gloomy streets and thoroughly dislikable characters and Her Small Town Hero yet still create that feeling of sinking into a good book from the very first page is present as always Some favorite Lines There is nothing like early 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Read æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Í Iris Murdoch Free download ✓ A Word Child å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Ars as head of his department Hilary hopes for forgiveness and a new life but finds himself haunted by a ghostly repetiti. 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 the poetry An abused orphan his plan was to get a position at Oxford which he did 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 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 he deal with this Will he 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 any dreams 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 down 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 themselves 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 is a ds Marriage by Deception you wonder how many others he will take down 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 themselves 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 A Tangled Affair The Pearl House #2 you can take a main character who is a ds

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Read æ PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Í Iris Murdoch Free download ✓ A Word Child å PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Introduction by Ray MonkSaved by education from a delinuent childhood cheated of Oxford by a tragic love tangle Hilary Bu. 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 disastrous incident that ended his Oxford 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 one does In Hilary s case whether Murdoch knew it or not I don t think the condition was widely diagnosed 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 different Curious Incident by Mark Haddon my review HERE and maybe The Housekeeper and the Professor my review HERE