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The Book and the Brotherhood #2020

The Book and the Brotherhood A story about love and friendship and Marxism Many years ago Gerard Hernshaw and his friends commissioned one of their number to write a political book Time passes and opinions change Why should we go

  • Title: The Book and the Brotherhood
  • Author: Iris Murdoch
  • ISBN: 9780140104707
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Book and the Brotherhood By Iris Murdoch, A story about love and friendship and Marxism Many years ago Gerard Hernshaw and his friends commissioned one of their number to write a political book Time passes and opinions change Why should we go on supporting a book which we detest Rose Curtland asks The brotherhood of Western intellectuals versus the book of history, Jenkin Riderhood suggests The theft ofA story about love and friendship and Marxism Many years ago Gerard Hernshaw and his friends commissioned one of their number to write a political book Time passes and opinions change Why should we go on supporting a book which we detest Rose Curtland asks The brotherhood of Western intellectuals versus the book of history, Jenkin Riderhood suggests The theft of a wife further embroils the situation Moral indignation must be separated from political disagreement Tamar Hernshaw has a different trouble and a terrible secret Can one die of shame In another quarter a suicide pact seems the solution Duncan Cambus thinks that since it is a tragedy, someone must die Someone dies Rose, who has gone on loving without hope, at least deserves a reward.

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    1. La primera sensaci n que tuve cuando comenc esta novela de Iris Murdoch publicada por Impedimenta con traducci n de Jon Bilbao fue de apabullamiento En un mismo lugar Oxford se re nen m s de una docena y media de viejos amigos, donde todos parlotean y el apabullamiento deviene aturdimiento Luego Iris de manera muy sutil ir tirando de cada hilo, desflecando la madeja, concediendo su espacio a los distintos personajes, refiri ndonos sus historias y las relaciones que durante estas ltimas d cadas s [...]

    2. I would have given this stars, since it isn t better or worse than most other Murdoch books I ve read and loved, but I think I may be burning out on her a bit This one was just too long, and, you guessed it, it is once again about a group of layabout intellectuals in their thirties or forties in London, half of whom are bisexual and are sleeping with each other, their tangled lives swirling about a blazing eyed, sinister, Svengali like intellectual who has an inexplicable hold on all the charac [...]

    3. These notes were made in 1990 Another Murdochian phantasmagoria of character and philosophy This one is about oh dear me, a dangerous way to start a sentence The central characters in this novel that s better are linked by having been at one time a left leaning group together at University Several of them are pitching in to support one of their number while he writes a major book Trouble is, not only have their philosophies diverged over the many years it has taken, but the author has proved him [...]

    4. An OK read but not Murdoch s finest accomplishment, in my opinion I appreciated the book and genius element a core of the story far in The Message To the Planet, for instance.It may surprise people who casually browse my reading lists, where weird and horror stories fill the landscape, but Murdoch is actually one of my favorite writers I enjoy her language and her philosophical thinking beneath everything she writes She can, as very few manage, get me interested in a kind of realist stories Tha [...]

    5. The Book and the Brotherhood is a generous helping of political and social intrigue for the mature philosopher With around twenty major characters, as I began the book I found it difficult to keep track of the Gullivers, Gideons, Gerards, Jenkins, Crimonds and Duncans so I made a chart to help me remember who had been tangled up with who Irish Murdoch s prose is obsessively wicked and consistently gorgeous throughout the 600 pages Despite their similar names, the characters are so distinct, I fo [...]

    6. The 23rd Iris Murdoch novel, and so the 23rd book of the Murdoch a month Challenge undertaken by a small group of us Although we are now reading them every other month as the books have got quite large This one at about 600 pages is pretty meaty.The book opens with a party at an Oxford college a group of friends many of them former students of that college are present Past and present seem to collide that evening, the effects of which are felt by the characters and the reader throughout the rest [...]

    7. Smart, sharp and witty, this keenly observed book is a no holds barred examination of the lives of a close knit group of privileged friends Once the bright and beautiful, time has taken a toll on their aspirations and relationships, and nothing has quite turned out as they had planned The intrusion of an old friend now recast as ethical and intellectual nemesis into their lives precipitates a series of crises with lasting consequences.Part novel of manners, part novel of ideas, Murdoch keeps a l [...]

    8. This is a long book 606 pages It has long paragraphs sometimes a whole page and long sentences There is little plot and lots of inner turmoil among the characters It s not for everyone, fact is most novel readers wouldn t like it but Iris is a great writer and I felt like I knew the characters I didn t empathize with them as I live an entirely different life and am an entirely different person but then I read novels and biographies to encounter people other than myself.

    9. Holy shit, I took a year to finish Wonderful read examining the intersecting relationships among a group of friends and the book they have commissioned on their binding belief of Marxism Like The Sea, the Sea there are elements of obsession, a man wants to love a woman to the point that he owns her, controls her and ultimately is destined to devour her Beautiful work, can t wait to read of her books.

    10. Esta novela traslada al lector a una pura Inglaterra de t y de insultos educados Cada personaje siente que es el culpable de lo m s terrible de su alrededor, es el destino , es el azar M s en capitulocuarto.wordpress

    11. Other people s lives are so mysterious I don t think much attention has been paid to Iris Murdoch not only as one the most outstanding novelists of the twentieth century but as its social chronicler That function has sometimes been accredited to Anthony Powell the English Proust to use a rather wild comparison in his twelve volume Dance to the Music of Time, but Powell was a little older born 1905 , inhabited an altogether grander world and didn t proceed much beyond the 1960 s when Murdoch was [...]

    12. contains a few spoilers I have read a few Murdoch novels now, and though I really enjoy them they always have the same problems Her MO is to assemble 1 An interesting premise2 Very good characters 3 A solid sense of reality4 Great descriptive prose which is lyrical without being too flowery.5 Various subtle background themes and a lot of echoes to ponder after reading.This continues happily through about 3 4 of the book At some point she seems either to lose interest, funding, or outright panics [...]

    13. This struck me as a somewhat peculiar book, but then I read it during a very stressful time, so maybe it was me who was off and not the book Murdoch drops the reader in among nearly 20 characters right off the bat, and I had to do a fair amount of flipping back and forth before I got them straight The main characters were at Oxford together in the 60s, I gather and reunite at a dance some 25 years later Much of the drama such as it is revolves around a somewhat unpleasant and creepy character wh [...]

    14. I just finished what actually was a re read of this book, which obviously means I liked it enough the first time to want to read it again.It is a typical Iris Murdoch novel, which means if you re not into her books, you re probably not going to like this one either Plot A group of friends at Oxford decide to sponsor the most brilliant, poor and eccentric member of their group to write the book that will change the world The book will of course be a political book and the writer has Marxist leani [...]

    15. If someone in one of my book groups who would be willing to stick with this book for the first 300 pp, they d finally get some perspective of what s going on There are class issues where money is used benignly to control friends There are old school issues where old classmates form such a close group that they can t seem to free themselves to form their own individual families Mostly it s about control The violence is incidental Perhaps the philosophy and politics went over my head, or perhaps i [...]

    16. This book moves so slow, and terribly dry.Ms Murdoch just never does get to the point with this one.She fails at causing exitement for the reader even during the most tragic parts of the book, which are made to seem really no tragic than crossing the street, sucessfuly.If you want to read extensive passages regarding the colour and fibre content of a character s bargain bought pullover sweater, while she trollops about the party, across one terrace to the next all the while doing relatively not [...]

    17. all my reading time is being sucked up by trying to finish this on some kind of misguided notion on my part that I needed to read an iris murdoch book I find all the characters unlikable and I don t really care what happens to them one way or the other I find the plot and plotting boring and predetermined Murdoch does not seem to write with an invisible hand it reminds me of Zeus moving the figures of humans around Maybe for that reason I don t find the characters having any realness to them But [...]

    18. A labored writing makes for a labored reading, coming to an anticlimax which may well make you kick yourself for having put yourself through the ordeal of reading the massive tome leading up to it As for the feel of the writing, to quote a song title from the Gang Of Four, Natural s Not In It.

    19. Murdoch is at the top of her game with this novel She is droll in the telling, but forgiving with her characters, never sarcastic, and comfortable with moral ambiguity as she tells their stories without drawing conclusions or passing judgment.

    20. loved it So evocative of the whole Oxford scene Intellectual Compelling Read it probably nearly 20yrs ago Understand it all SO much , thanks to Sir Ian Love how my life experiences give me in depth insight Loved it.

    21. A longish 600 pages book telling the psychological evolution of a multitude of characters, faced with a few new events and a long common history Unexpectedly, it did not get boring, even after hundreds of pages Probably because of the frequent changes of the narrator s point of view.

    22. I first read this novel some thirty odd years ago, shortly after it was published At that point I hadn t read anything else by Iris Murdoch, and had picked it up on the basis of a newspaper review and a recommendation from Lucy, the manager of the old branch of Dillons in Covent Garden who had the most amazing green eyes, and could easily have persuaded me to buy virtually anything, or even everything, in the shop.Lucy spoke with straight tongue, and I remember being enthralled as I slowly worke [...]

    23. Este es de esos libros que se terminan con el sentimiento de triste satisfacci n o de satisfecha tristeza al que alude Rodrigo Fresan en el fant stico postfacio que concluye la edici n de Acantilado Un libro que desde ya entra en mi lista de libros especiales, no siendo el menor de sus m rito haber sido aquel que me descubri a Iris Murdoch Como casi todo libro especial, El libro y la hermandad no es un libro f cil de comentar e imposible de resumir en estas pocas l neas carece de una trama como [...]

    24. She defines soul as the ancients would, that which animates life We little further forward on defining what that is She does have working class heroes now, both Scotch She s humorous I like Crimond being expelled the communist party for left wing deviation By p 151 I realised he wasn t being monitored by the author narrator There s a lot of anticipation of killing, and you don t do this unless there will be Better to consummate our love in death, is demeaning romantic codswallop, indicative of a [...]

    25. I was deeply disappointed with this book and won t be reading any Iris Murdoch Her writing was recommended by someone I admire and perhaps I just chose the wrong book but I m not sure I ve ever come across a sadder collection of female characters Of course I appreciate she was writing in a different time but I suspect this book would fail the Bechdel test, and given that s a test designed for 90 minutes of cinema that s saying something

    26. The thing that gets me about Iris Murdoch is comma splices I mean, a very long novel in which every page, nearly every paragraph, nearly every sentence includes a comma splice I realize that there must be a reason for this I guess she is trying to reproduce the way people think, in a disjunctive stream of loosely connected phrases I can see how this technique could be appropriate in passages where a character is thinking, either in first person, or in third person limited multivocal mode But the [...]

    27. I stumbled upon this book entirely by accident whilst looking at a random shelf in a used books bookshop Although I was initially put off by its sheer length my copy is 601 pages long, and Mrs Mudorch often resorts to one page paragraphs , I decided to purchase it anyway, mainly because I enjoyed the idea of reading a novel whose main characters were mostly Oxford ex undergraduates As several reviewers have pointed out, the storyline is crossed by very few major events most of the action takes p [...]

    28. Originally published on my blog here in June 2002.The title to this complex novel suggests that it will have a religious theme, like that of The Bell There is something in this, but it is only indirectly the narrative reads like it is about religious ideas, but they play only a small part in the story The book of the title is a political one, which one character, Davide Crimond, has ostensibly been writing for many years His writing is funded by a group of rich Oxford graduates, described by one [...]

    29. At a midsummer ball at Oxford, a group of old friends has gathered the charismatic Gerard Hernshaw Rose Curtland, who has loved Gerard in silence for years Duncan Cambus and his restless wife, Jean Jenking Riderhood, the saintly schoolmaster Tamar Hernshaw, Gerard s tormented niece and not lest of all, David Crimond, the monomaniacal Marxist genius Years ago, the friends had bonded together to finance a political and philosophical book to be written by Crimond On this summer s evening, Crimond s [...]

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