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The Green Knight af Iris Murdoch
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The Green Knight (original 1993; udgave 1993)

af Iris Murdoch

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In a small circle of friends in London, some disturbing occurrences are taking place Lucas Graffe, a reclusive academic, kills a man in self-defense and disappears immediately after the trial, leaving his brother, the charismatic actor Clement Graffe, tortured by his absence. Their friend Bellamy James rids himself of all ties and possessions, even giving away his beloved dog. Yearning for simplicity and purification, he prepares himself for a monastic life. And outside Clifton, the house where the widowed Louise Anderson lives with her three eccentric daughters, a very peculiar man is watching.   Lucas finally returns, and during his reunion with his brother, they happen to receive a surprising visitor. It soon becomes clear to the Graffes and their friends that there is a complex mission to fulfill, of revenge, but also of transformation. Rich, enthralling, full of humor and suspense, Iris Murdoch's magnificent novel illuminates the complexities of guilt and innocence, malice and compassion. It is a triumphant work from one of our greatest writers.… (mere)
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Titel:The Green Knight
Forfattere:Iris Murdoch
Info:Chatto & Windus (1993), Edition: First Edition, Hardcover, 560 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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The Green Knight af Iris Murdoch (1993)

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    hiltonsister: Murdoch's sweetest, most entertaining and satisfying story. The ancient mystical element supports a sexy, amusing, contempory mystery plot. Despite the medieval religious framework, this is one of her most accessible works, the one I recommend to first-timers.… (mere)
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 Iris Murdoch readers: The Green Knight20 ulæste / 20LyzzyBee, maj 2014

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This book was a very pleasant surprise for me. Lately I have been picking up more books at the thrift store, simply based on the blurb and often I will look up the rating on here. The Green Knight was one such book.

Murdoch knows how to write a character. The perspective often shifts around between a few members of a small circle of friends in London, and all of these people seem to leap off the page. They are all certainly characters, yet they feel so much like people you could actually run into and meet. Murdoch does not over-describe their appearances, but does so enough that I had a clear picture in my mind for each of them.

Although there is a certain mystery in the plot, the book mainly revolves around the psychology of the people you meet. This may not be for everyone, but personally I do enjoy quite slow-burn stories and diving into characters’ thoughts and motivations. This is combined with numerous references to literature, art and spirituality, elements which I very much enjoyed but does not make it the most accessible read. It also expects that the reader has some basic knowledge of French, as French terms and sentences are not translated.

This is not to put potential readers off, as the story does in fact have many twists and turns that keep you on your toes, and made me at least, desperately curious to see where all this would be going.

In the beginning, I was a bit confused as to when the story was taking place. The way people live and dress initially made me think it was set maybe in the 1960s, only later it became clear to me that it was set in the early 1990s.

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, and would absolutely recommend it to anyone looking for something to cozy up with on a rainy afternoon. ( )
  Tiborius | Jul 31, 2023 |
My first attempt at a Murdoch novel. It is compelling, complex and absorbs one so much that I couldn't put it down. ( )
  ivanfranko | May 3, 2016 |
When Lucas Graffe attempts (with what serious intent is never made clear) to murder Clement Graffe, the natural son of Lucas's adoptive parents, a stranger intervenes, only to be struck down by Lucas and presumed dead. However, the stranger surfaces very much alive some months alive and comes to play an important role in the lives of the Graffes and their social circle, particularly Louise Anderson and her three daughters and Bellamy James, a would-be monk.

I found it difficult to follow who was who at the beginning of the book. As the story progressed, although the characters, their actions, thoughts, and emotions were meticulously described, and the symbolism and echoes of the Bible, myths and legends became more and more apparent, nevertheless I found the book had no emotional resonance for me. I kept going on a sort of "I've started so I'll finish" principle, but couldn't really see any point to the strange behaviour of these people. When the miraculous events seem more probable and realistic than the everyday scenes, then the author is in trouble.
  Robertgreaves | May 15, 2015 |
"And he thought, I shall go on blindly and secretly jumbling all these things together and making no sense of them as long as I live. Maybe every human creature carries some such inescapable burden. That is being human. A very weird affair."

I saw Iris Murdoch's debut novel on the Modern Library 100 list but ultimately read this later work because it seemed more relevant to my interests. And so it was: a subtle study of the intersection of madness and mysticism, woven into a sometimes-funny magically real yarn about a traditionally non-traditional extended family in London. ( )
  lawrenh | Oct 27, 2014 |
"And he thought, I shall go on blindly and secretly jumbling all these things together and making no sense of them as long as I live. Maybe every human creature carries some such inescapable burden. That is being human. A very weird affair."

I saw Iris Murdoch's debut novel on the Modern Library 100 list but ultimately read this later work because it seemed more relevant to my interests. And so it was: a subtle study of the intersection of madness and mysticism, woven into a sometimes-funny magically real yarn about a traditionally non-traditional extended family in London. ( )
  lawrenh | Oct 27, 2014 |
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In a small circle of friends in London, some disturbing occurrences are taking place Lucas Graffe, a reclusive academic, kills a man in self-defense and disappears immediately after the trial, leaving his brother, the charismatic actor Clement Graffe, tortured by his absence. Their friend Bellamy James rids himself of all ties and possessions, even giving away his beloved dog. Yearning for simplicity and purification, he prepares himself for a monastic life. And outside Clifton, the house where the widowed Louise Anderson lives with her three eccentric daughters, a very peculiar man is watching.   Lucas finally returns, and during his reunion with his brother, they happen to receive a surprising visitor. It soon becomes clear to the Graffes and their friends that there is a complex mission to fulfill, of revenge, but also of transformation. Rich, enthralling, full of humor and suspense, Iris Murdoch's magnificent novel illuminates the complexities of guilt and innocence, malice and compassion. It is a triumphant work from one of our greatest writers.

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