FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby FranW » 14 Mar 2012, 19:02

My diagnosis is that a brilliant literary writer decided to write the gothicest of gothics with the tragicest of tragic heroines, the misogynisticest of misogynistic heroes, the sterotypicalist of stereotypical heroines, the broodingest of brooding mansions, the miserableist of miserable men, the vilest of vile faggots, the evilist of evil husbands, the spookiest of spooky housekeepers, the isolatedest of isolated locations, the.....

Yeah. Props for the prose and effort, but not something I'd want to bore myself again anytime soon. I give it Image Image
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby FranW » 14 Mar 2012, 19:35

wildlx wrote: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.

And his ego gets bigger and bigger until he thinks to himself, "Phew! I only survived this godawful book because I have such an enormous massive ego!"

No, I am not kidding. He really does.
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby ElaineB » 15 Mar 2012, 01:27

FranW wrote:I give it Image Image

Those are sporks? I thought they were tampons. lol
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Sacchi » 15 Mar 2012, 02:22

Sporks? That's a relief! I thought they were rather deformed hands with thumbs down.
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Baker » 15 Mar 2012, 06:45

Since Fran has finished the book, I have no excuse not to continue reading. As she and I discussed, this book comes across as someone who set herself the intellectual challenge of writing a modern gothic, rather than someone who was in any way, shape, or form emotionally invested with any of the characters and what they do. Although, of course, they do very little. They have entirely too much interior life and no exterior life. Yes, that matches the stupefying living death/imprisonment etc of Hannah and the other inmates of Gaze. but it needs something from the author, something more, to make this more than what comes across to me as an arid intellectual exercise. Ann Radcliffe's writing was packed with unlikely situations, strange happenings, and heroines bursting with sensibility: exactly the sort of writing you'd expect to appeal to repressed, hot-house young women. The Unicorn is coming across like a sneering intellectual's criticism of the genre by proving she can imitate the form and produce something incredibly dull, dry, and packed with almost self-referential philosophy. Entirely bloodless.

But it might get better...
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Proofrdr » 16 Mar 2012, 12:19

Okay, I finished. I feel duped. I was going along enjoying the writing--not knowing where it was going, not warming up to the characters, not at all involved in the plot, but enjoying the writing nonetheless. Then, the plot to kidnap drew me in. All sorts of possibilities urged me forward, but it just flailed along.
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Baker » 17 Mar 2012, 06:40

Uh oh. Your "stick with it, it gets beter" post was a large chunk of what has kept me reading. Now...
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby wildlx » 17 Mar 2012, 08:15

Baker, I know that the temptation is big, but this is a challenge! If you will not keep reading I will not also ;-).
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby deej » 17 Mar 2012, 08:23

Ladies, ladies, ladies - that's what challenge means. rofl
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Re: FRC2012: The Unicorn by Iris Murdoch.

Postby Proofrdr » 17 Mar 2012, 08:59

Wait a minute! I stayed with that damned thing to the bitter end so we could discuss it. You can't quit!
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