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Book Title: A Severed Head|
The author of the book: Iris Murdoch
Date of issue: 1963
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 546 KB
Read full description of the books A Severed Head:I had no patience for this.
I appreciate the prose style, and can see that Murdoch makes important statements on sexual liberation, but... It is tiring. All characters are equally unsympathetic, and their lives form a panorama of sexual behaviours that challenged the bourgeois minds in 1976 for sure.
They all consistently made me think of Caravaggio's Medusa, with her outraged expression of injustice done to her while her snake-hair is still dangerously alive and capable of causing major damage to others. Definitely not very likable, but beautifully painted.
What are they? Victims? Perpetrators? Both? Or just hollow, shallow marionettes carrying out a danse macabre that has lost its charm after decades of sexual over-stimulation in media, art and literature?
Or maybe just not relevant to me at this moment in time? Possible. This was my first Iris Murdoch, and I suspect I expected more, as my prejudice was that she is one of the great modern writers. I won't drop my carefully built idea (based on nothing tangible) until I have read at least one or two more. She clearly can write.
But not necessarily the kind of novel I get excited about.
Read information about the authorDame 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 wanted, through her novels, to reach all possible readers, in different ways and by different means: by the excitement of her story, its pace and its comedy, through its ideas and its philosophical implications, through the numinous atmosphere of her own original and created world--the world she must have glimpsed as she considered and planned her first steps in the art of fiction." (John Bayley in Elegy for Iris, 1998)
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