Free eBook A Word Child download

by Iris Murdoch

Free eBook A Word Child download ISBN: 0140042865
Author: Iris Murdoch
Publisher: Penguin Books (November 18, 1976)
Language: English
Pages: 400
Category: Imaginative Literature
Size MP3: 1771 mb
Size FLAC: 1813 mb
Rating: 4.4
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Have some more sherry, Hilary, just a smidgin?’ A new fashionable word of Laura’s. Diminutive of ‘smudge’ ?

To Peter Ady. THURSDAY. Have some more sherry, Hilary, just a smidgin?’ A new fashionable word of Laura’s. Diminutive of ‘smudge’ ? ‘Thanks. ‘You’re wearing odd socks again. Look, Freddie, Hilary’s wearing odd socks again!’ This was a regular joke which I was tired of. I would have checked my socks but for the telephone episode.

Home Iris Murdoch A Word Child. My reputation for ‘badness’ was not unmerited. I was a strong child and soon given to violence. I was not bullied by other children.

This is the second Iris Murdoch I have read and her dialogue and the social situations she creates are well structured, smart, and entertaining. I will certainly be reading more.

A Word Child is the 17th novel by Iris Murdoch.

Not all stories have happy endings, but I'm hard put to think of a novel whose beginning is so depressing in its particulars as "A Word Child

Not all stories have happy endings, but I'm hard put to think of a novel whose beginning is so depressing in its particulars as "A Word Child Читать весь отзыв.

I had turned up at the office on Thursday morning. It was better to be there than lying on the floor at home. I was now at the Impiatts for the same reason. I was now at the Impiatts for the same reason om that I had a stomach upset and felt rotten. I persuaded Arthur to leave me alone too. But I could hear him singing close by in his cupboard. Now Freddie was singing and even dancing a few steps on the carpet as he poured out the drinks. His big rubbery forehead was creased up with wrinkles of self-satisfaction and pleasure.

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Guilt, secrets, and lies haunt two men whose lives are bound by a long-ago tragedy in this riveting novel by the author of The Sea, The Sea (Los Angeles Times). To read this book, upload an EPUB or FB2 file to Bookmate.

A Word Child Murdoch Iris Неизвестно 9781453201152 Мердок Айрис: A brilliant but deeply flawed man struggles to earn absolution .

A Word Child Murdoch Iris Неизвестно 9781453201152 Мердок Айрис: A brilliant but deeply flawed man struggles to earn absolution Hilary Burde was a rising star in academia until a . 2012 Язык: ENG Размер: 2. 2 x 1. 4 x . 9 cm Поставляется из: США Описание: A brilliant but deeply flawed man struggles to earn absolution.

390p black paperback with illustrated cover panel, some use, bottom corner folded but pages clean, very good
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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 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 quietly 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 more 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 more 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 d**s***.
Iris Murdoch wrote beautifully, although her subject matter often involved difficult or horrible struggles for the characters. "A Word Child" is written and constructed in this mode. A working class boy and his sister hope to find salvation from their horrible childhood circumstances as orphans through the talent for languages that the boy discovers rather late in school. However, this late blooming is not too late to keep the boy, Hilary, from admission to Oxford University, where he performs extremely well and is offered a position. The first year of his fellowship is the highest point of their lives for both Hilary and his sister Crystal. It will not be matched ever again. A violent, angry streak, coupled with a complete void of love in his life except where his sister is concerned, lead to tragedy for the young man, loss of his job, and a life of oblivion in small, mindless positions. The book describes this prehistory in flashbacks, while living in "the present," where Hilary is a clerk and civil service employee. Hilary is unquestionably odd, with a tendency to cruelties of the minor kind, though these cruelties certainly add up for those on the receiving end. Hilary controls all aspects of his interactions with others in a manner that seems related to mild autism (but I'm not professionally qualified to diagnose the symptoms). His facility for languages is undiminished, but his financial circumstances are not far above dire, and he has no real friends.

The comforting dullness of the life of penance that Hilary has chosen for himself is shattered when the very man whom he betrayed, his former mentor at Oxford named Gunnar, is announced as the new head of Hilary's Civil Service Department. Gunnar has led a successful life and is financially secure, with a beautiful and wealthy socialite for a wife. However, we learn over time, that Gunnar has been haunted as much as Hilary by the earlier tragedy, though the past did not stop Gunnar from aggressively pursuing a career in business after he, too, left academia.

The attempts at avoidance and reconciliation between the men end up in a second tragedy that parallels the first. I did not find the plot to be fully credible here, but the writing never lost its charm as the train wreck took place, largely in slow motion like the violence in a Sam Peckinpah film Sam Peckinpah's Legendary Westerns Collection (The Wild Bunch / Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid / Ride the High Country / The Ballad of Cable Hogue).

I've not revealed any significant details, in case you want to discover them by reading the book. This is not the most tragic or horrifying story one could imagine, but it is a tale of how old envies from childhood never allow Hilary to fit into any society, the different ways in which tragedy can destroy a man, and how Hilary's remarkable control over everyone else in his life does not extend to himself. If the plot maintained its early credibility throughout, this would be a five-star book. The language is always five-star. The transfer to Kindle had some major errors of typography, but nothing I couldn't figure out. It was pleasant to be able to Google text if I needed a translation of a foreign phrase or the origin of a quote.

Highly recommended, but not if you object to reading about the normal components of human existence, like a little sex.
I "discovered" Iris Murdoch by accident twenty years ago -- read almost all her books then in paperback. Now that I have big living room bookshelves, I'm buying hardcover copies of her works. Her works are so delicious - and although written about upper-crust British society, in re-reading her books now, they are still wonderful and still relevant- human nature is human nature. She's a Jane Austen of her time - and so, so much better a writer than almost all of our contemporary fiction best-selling authors.
A self-centered linguist, and self-described "cad", in post-WWII Oxford then London, tries to absolve or explain his guilt for an act that is revealed only a little later (no spoiler here... the tension and reveal are great). At times brilliant, he is difficult and complicated. He hurts his sister and others with his blindness. The reappearance of his former mentor into his life adds immediacy and a hope for resolution. The book threatens near the end to slide into parody or absurdity but is well saved, with only a brief miring in symbolism. The book deals with very serious topics -- guilt, despair, resilience, suspicion, hope, pride, (even) love -- but it is also full of wit with many interesting observations.

Unfortunately, the ebook has many typos that occasionally confuse (one is inspired by the outstanding writing to interpret every word), which is stupidly ironic for a book with this title.