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Iris Murdoch's breathtakingly simple and yet piercing prose is at its best in this novel. Her theme is obsession, as always, and while we cannot approve of Hilary, the narrator, we find ourselves liking him for his honesty and his uncompromising view of himself. At first I was disappointed with the outcome of this brilliant novel, then I realized it truly was redemptive. Anyone who adores stellar writing and an eye that sees straight into the human heart must own this novel.
This book is an utter must-read and I have since downloaded three more books by the brilliant Murdoch.
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.Read more ›
Hillary seems to say "I can't forgive myself so it's your responsibility to, if not forgive me, excuse my bad behavior towards you. You owe me. I'm entitled to indulge my basest instincts. I hate myself so much I'm entitled to hate and abuse you." His outlook is pretty mesmerizing. Murdoch's style is outside almost any other writer. The writing is at times incredibly beautiful but the characters, especially the main one, are horrible. I've read her "Black Prince' and "The Nice and the Good" which I also liked but "A Word Child" is on a whole different level. I wish I could say I loved her books but they're so lurid I can't. As with all her books "Word" has an aura of exulted learning, the kind that Oxford and other institutions of its ilk are known for. It makes the action harder to relate to. "The educated Psychopath" could be an alternate title.
Though "Word Child" was written in the mid 80's it could easily be mistaken for something written in the fifties because the mores and sexism would be more at home during that time. Maybe Philip Roth was her proof reader, though this cast of characters prove not only men can be misogynists. More likely Murdoch's illustrating a point about one individual's twisted mind.Read more ›
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This was the most self-interested individual that can be imagined. His self reflection went on and on, with little tolerance for the existence or lives of others.Published 1 month ago by Coco
Hilary Burde is the word child of the title. In school, the only thing he did really well in was languages. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Laurie A. Brown
Although this novel is really quite tragic (not to mention hilarious, as all of Murdoch is), I always think of it as a love story because of the affection with which Iris Murdoch... Read morePublished 14 months ago by a reader
I "discovered" Iris Murdoch by accident twenty years ago -- read almost all her books then in paperback. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Marilyn Stokes
Murdoch is a wonderful writer and drags you into her creations. I, however, did not enjoy The Word Child. Hilary is just a totally despicable person. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Marilynn M. Slade
As my title states, this is the first novel by Iris Murdoch that I've read. I wasn't expecting to be riveted, but I was. Read morePublished 18 months ago by William D. Hunker
I found it a very slow read. It took almost 2/3 of the way before the story hooked me. Character development was excellent. A great book for discussionPublished 23 months ago by Theresa O'Sullivan
I enjoyed reading this book wonderful descripted writing.Published on July 14, 2014 by Jean Bayoumi
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