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Book Title: The Italian Girl|
The author of the book: Iris Murdoch
Date of issue: January 2nd 2001
ISBN 13: 9780099285236
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 2.86 MB
Read full description of the books The Italian Girl:I read this a few weeks back and it still lingers in my mind. I very seldom come back and change a rating but did for this one, upped it a star because there is so much going on, so much meaning that reveals itself the more one thinks about this novella.
Edmund reruns home after the death of his manipulative and controlling mother. A mother he had escaped many years ago. He find things much changed, his niece Flora no longer a small child but now seventeen and his brother Otto and his wife, now estranged. He becomes the vessel for their many secrets and shared confidences. Otto's protégé or assistant and his sister much involved in the drama this family is experiencing. A kind of Freudian knot that will take a death to untangle.
It has been many, many years since I have read Murdoch, this is one of her earliest books and is more dramatic than I remember her books as being. This does serve a purpose though because it highlights the total disarray their, lives had become and the death of one is used as a reset, the impetus needed for them to come to their senses. Was puzzled by the title because the Italian girl, which Edmund notes there had been a succession of taking care of him and his brother Otto as they were growing up, stays mostly in the background until virtually the end. Here she plays an important part.
So a bit dramatic but enjoyed the way this was written. Provided much thought after books end.
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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