Maravilloso No sabr a si recomendarlo o no, porque Iris Murdoch es una escritora muy especial y no gusta a todo el mundo Pero es que esta novela es tan bonita, refleja tan bien el paso del tiempo y el cambio de ideales Los fans irredentos de Murdoch tal vez echen en falta el componente m gico paranormal en esta novela muy muy muy anecd tico , pero de verdad que es el mejor libro de la autora que he le do hasta el momento Gente posh de un college de Oxford saliendo de su burbuja, filosof a, pol tica, pasi n, cruces de parejas, sexualidad no convencional, loros, caracoles, zorros fantasma, escoceses que son como Shiva Todo tiene cabida en esta preciosa historia de lo que le pasa a la gente cuando tiene cuarenta y muchos cincuenta y pocos y debe asumir que su vida no es lo que cre a que ser a a los veinte.Los que odien la filosof a y la teor a pol tica, casi mejor que se abstengan Una maravilla de libro de una autora imprescindible que parece que por fin va entrando en la literatura de nuestro pa s. 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 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 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 characters, especially the women I am still trying to figure out if Murdoch wants us to find this Svengali figure who appears in one form or another in each novel and is reportedly based on her long time lover, Elias Canetti as appealing as the poor besotted women in her books do, and if so, then that s too bad on her, because if those characters are all based on Canetti, then Canetti was a fucking creep and Murdoch had screws loose for wasting so much emotional and intellectual energy on him Now this kind of author s intent, do you like the character business usually has no place in a serious evaluation of a serious book, but in this case it has to be dealt with since she puts this odious Canetti Svengali figure at the center of every book she writes and seems to take it for granted that her readers will understand why people are drawn to him Here is my question Murdoch s books set out to tackle all sorts of philosophical questions, from epistemology to Marxism to the Holocaust to morality to God, etc But because of her own romantic history and the baggage she can t ever quite shake, can it be said that each of her books comes down to the following perplexing cosmic question why do lovely intelligent women keep falling for douchebags Perhaps so And perhaps that is the universe s enduring mystery. 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 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 himself to be personally loathsome to a number of them, particularly Duncan, whose wife Jean this author Crimond has seduced in the past and does so again in the course of the novel Then there s Gerard, a man going through something of an internal crisis of his own, but still the strongest personality in the group, their generally acknowledged leader His closest friend, in a tie which finds curious expression near the end of the novel is, as it were, the runt of the litter the unattractive, rather solitary one, Jenkin Gerard is the subject of an undemonstrative but powerful yearning from Rose, whose long dead brother Sinclair, a golden boy, haunts in some way most of the older characters in this book One gets the distinct impression that much of Gerard s genuine if rather dispassionate affection for Rose is based in a stronger feeling for Sinclair There is a younger generation as well, the most developed of whom is Tamar, a sort of niece of Gerard s, who comforts Duncan after Jean s defection to Crimond, and subsequently has an abortion and a great deal of trauma The climax of the plot is the near fulfilment of a suicide pact between Jean and Crimond, and in the aftermath, someone does get killed but it s Jenkin It sounds like an awfully sensationalistic plot, but that s somehow cushiond by the equally awe ful and intense self awareness of all the characters This is, after all, the kind of novel in which the characters can ask each other in the course of ordinary conversation how and why they believe in God I loved this novel I got all wrapped up in it And when I can pull myself back far enough, I enjoy just watching how Murdoch uses the language. 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 found myself casting a hypothetical movie of The Book and the Brotherhood as I read the second half and it became obvious to me that Crimmond should be played by Colin Firth, Gulliver by Paul Giamatti and Lily by Sally Hawkins.It s impressive how well the characters know each other and know themselves My chief complaint is that every character individually spends so much time obsessing over their feelings and actions sometimes it can take a hundred pages for any real action which usually comes in the form of two characters analyzing a third to occur I also found this dense novel works best in small doses, less than 100 pages at a time, which means sometimes I d sit down to read and just absorb pages of characters neurotically psychoanalyzing their friends But when it s as well written, suspenseful and humorous as Murdoch s psychobabble, I ll savor it.Their voices are at once distinct, but still contain Murdoch s voice and words, so it s difficult to criticize that we get too much of it, especially when it means that each and every character is well rounded and understood by the reader However, after hundreds of pages of psychological tension building, I wanted than talk to conclude the story. 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. Right or wrong, Marxism is sexy, dangerously sexy like a perverted love relationship that ends up with the accidental murder of an innocent I love Murdoch s writing She makes me think and feel intensely at the same time The characters in her novels critically think their feeling and earnestly feel their thinking thinking and feeling balance and enrich each other Through her writing, I get the sense that morality is than sentimentality and has a rational, though disturbingly twisted and unstable, dimension This is the fourth Murdoch novel I read, and she has officially replaced Woolf as my favorite female author I like Woolf but I am bothered by her destroying moral thinking with sentimental feeling Woolf is a feeler, but Murdoch is a thinker and feeler simultaneously she is a philosopher This book is about the up and down of Marxism and how it connects with the deepest yearnings in human heart, and these yearnings are not simply sentimental but fundamentally moral Is Marxism lost today The left today are feelers thinking is lost, and together with it Marxism is lost. El libro y la hermandad me ha parecido una novela de primer sima categor a, profunda y deslumbrante Aprovecho para agradecer a Guille, mi amigo de GR, que me haya hecho conocer a Iris Murdoch y su poderoso caudal de ingenio literario.Una novela que, adem s de hacerte disfrutar con su trama gil y absorbente, incita a pensar en algunos de los grandes motores de la existencia el amor, la amistad, la felicidad, el deseo de superaci n, la ideolog a, el bien moral , por lo que algunos pasajes resultan exquisitamente exigentes para el lector vido de carnaza filos fica, que encontrar fragmentos de trascendencia dispersos por todas partes.Iris Murdoch consigue, a trav s de un maravilloso elenco de personajes tan inspirados como atribulados, que uno sienta una irrefrenable compasi n por la finitud y la terca deficiencia de nuestra especie Este grupo de amigos de Oxford constituye un bosquejo bastante aut ntico de lo que en realidad somos todos seres tan pobres como excelsos que nos evadimos mediante mecanismos m s o menos sofisticados litros de alcohol corren por las p ginas del libro , nos apasionamos con otros seres mascotas incluidas , sentimos celos uno de los sentimientos que m s veces se menciona en la narraci n , reflexionamos, nos arrepentimos, nos preocupamos, nos consolamos y cuidamos mutuamente, nos herimos con mayor o menor ferocidad, seg n el caso Se trata, en definitiva, de personajes muy rotundos en sus imperfecciones, a los cuales la autora da un tratamiento particularmente esmerado Quiz s es este el motivo por el que, exceptuando tal vez al enigm tico e inaccesible David Crimond, no hay ni una sola de estas personalidades que no llegue a inspirarnos una honda simpat a Dicho de otro modo, uno se siente felizmente privilegiado al poder observar con todo detalle los movimientos interiores de esta excelente galer a de espec menes oxonienses pongo como ejemplos la desesperada b squeda de salvaci n de Tamar, el genuino deseo de soledad de Jenkin o el amor calladamente arrebatado de Rose Otra de las cosas sorprendentes y cautivadoras de El libro y la hermandad es la fuerza de sus di logos, cuyos ecos, que son puro est mulo, retumban dentro de la mente sin remedio Apreciamos en ellos el vigor que se desprende de la interacci n inteligente y nerviosa entre polos parcialmente opuestos puritanos y amantes del sexo, marxistas y burgueses, te ricos y pr cticos, creyentes y descre dos, plat nicos y carnales Conversaciones de extraordinaria elegancia intelectual que son todo revelaci n Charlas a flor de piel que resultan instructivas, sofisticadas, magistrales.Por ltimo, destacar a la belleza estil stica de algunos pasajes, como aquel en el que la autora retrata con delicadeza impresionista el amor de Gerard para m , el personaje m s fascinante del libro por la mascota de su ni ez, el loro Gris El lenguaje aqu utilizado es de una potencia y una tersura del todo admirables La inteligencia y la presencia de Gris eran para Gerard continuas fuentes de un gozo estremecedor, un sentimiento que el describ a para s como conexi n El loro era un mundo donde al ni o se le conced a la cortes a de vivir, era un veh culo que le conectaba con la totalidad de la creaci n sensible, era un avatar, una encarnaci n del amor.Confieso que me he quedado prendada de esta narradora radical en lo que tiene de llegar a la ra z de las cosas y del fascinante universo que nos ofrece en este libro, rebosante de vida y encanto Un libro que, en el fondo, no es sino una mirada comprensiva, enamorada y profundamente respetuosa hacia nuestro centro de gravedad.
Dame Jean Iris MurdochIrish 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 w
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