FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

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FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Baker » 29 Feb 2012, 06:46

Have we all acquired a copy? I have heard that Wild has started reading. I have, too. Anyone else?
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Nurse Jo » 29 Feb 2012, 07:29

I've started too.
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Proofrdr » 29 Feb 2012, 12:20

Yes, I'm well into it too.
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Baker » 01 Mar 2012, 07:12

Super. :-)
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Baker » 03 Mar 2012, 08:15

Okay, I have to admit that, so far, I find myself appreciating this book more as a writer than a reader. By which I mean I find myself pausing to mull over a phrase in appreciation, but I have yet to be pulled into the story.
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Nurse Jo » 03 Mar 2012, 08:43

Yep, I don't write but do understand your sentiment Baker. I'm enjoying the writing without being at all involved with the characters . I'm not in the slightest bothered about the outcome of the story! It's not that the characterisation is weak but it seems at a remove. I feel like a voyeur looking in at some bizarre gothic-lite story in black and white, with maybe a couple of characers in faded colour to make them stand out. All the brooding cliffs, the water imagery with the ponds and fish, the remote setting, the religious references - they are all spot on, almost too much, too cleverly done. Water seems to be a particular thing for Murdoch and was used metaphorically in The Bell (I read this many years ago) extensively. I seem to remember writing an essay about it for my A levels!

Anyway, I feel as if I am reading a period documentary, interesting but not real life. Although many of the deeper messages, about redemption for example, are obviously still relevant I feel unaffected by this book emotionally. I am not necessarily unaffected intellectually. One has to stop and ponder and think whilst reading - and not about the storyline either.

I wonder if we are meant to be voyeurs? The characters are all fairly stereotypical British figures, I wonder what lessons we should be learning from their inwardly complicated but outwardly respectable, lives?
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Proofrdr » 03 Mar 2012, 10:42

I felt the same way! I was going so slowly, not out of disinterest, but for all the backtracking to reread phrases, descriptions, observations. Great writing! Then WHAM, I was slammed into the story. Keep going...it'll hook you. ;)
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby wildlx » 03 Mar 2012, 10:47

Yes. I don't give a damn about any of the characters, with the exception of Effie, who has a bigger ego than I can stand.
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Baker » 12 Mar 2012, 06:15

Having a hard time with this book.
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby wildlx » 12 Mar 2012, 09:58

You're not alone...
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