The Black Prince (2019)

The Black Prince Iris Murdoch Martha C. Nussbaum The Black Prince Bradley Pearson an unsuccessful novelist in his late fifties has finally left his dull office job as an Inspector of Taxes Bradley hopes to retire to the country but predatory friends and relations
  • Title: The Black Prince
  • Author: Iris Murdoch Martha C. Nussbaum
  • ISBN: 9780142180112
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
The Black Prince Iris Murdoch Martha C. Nussbaum Bradley Pearson, an unsuccessful novelist in his late fifties, has finally left his dull office job as an Inspector of Taxes Bradley hopes to retire to the country, but predatory friends and relations dash his hopes of a peaceful retirement He is tormented by his melancholic sister, who has decided to come live with him his ex wife, who has infuriating hopes of redeeminBradley Pearson, an unsuccessful novelist in his late fifties, has finally left his dull office job as an Inspector of Taxes Bradley hopes to retire to the country, but predatory friends and relations dash his hopes of a peaceful retirement He is tormented by his melancholic sister, who has decided to come live with him his ex wife, who has infuriating hopes of redeeming the past her delinquent brother, who wants money and emotional confrontations and Bradley s friend and rival, Arnold Baffin, a younger, deplorably successful author of commercial fiction The ever mounting action includes marital cross purposes, seduction, suicide, abduction, romantic idylls, murder, and due process of law Bradley tries to escape from it all but fails, leading to a violent climax and a coda that casts shifting perspectives on all that has preceded.
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  1. Helen Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος Vernus Portitor Arcanus Ταμετούρο Αμούν Arnum

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  2. Adam Dalva

    This is, somehow, my fourth Iris Murdoch novel in as many months, and some of her tendencies have become apparent Here too we have a foppish, marginally asexual middle aged man who experiences a not so good awakening we have a third act tragedy involving a supporting character we have a bit character who scarcely ever appears but is mentioned frequently to give the illusion of time passing we have philosophic departures into the nature of love we have a queer supporting man who willingly becomes [...]

  3. Aubrey

    3.5 5The term unreliable narrator is a popular one in literature As are creativity , art , and great , words whose definitions are thrown around so quickly that the mind can hardly fix on one before another, truthful one is sailing past As if truth had anything to do with it.Let s start with the unreliable part of the first term Unreliable how What standard of reliability do we actually have at our disposal The simplest answer is the book itself, an answer that quickly devolves into an inescapa [...]

  4. Paul Bryant

    I read this years ago and thought it was hilarious, especially when the old prissy geezer was taking the young lovely student he was hopelessly in lurve with to the Opera and was so excited and overwhelmed by the whole inebriating ineffable scrotum bedevilling lurve thing that he vomited all over the row in front Which quite curtailed the passion for that evening.I actually re read this not that long ago and it wasn t quite so side splitting but the vomit scene still brought forth a few chortles [...]

  5. Maureen

    once again iris murdoch makes my head explode each time i think i m in the wrong place when i start everything seems so conventional and normal, even boring so british, and calling, and tea cups and all, and then, oh then, it just sort of explodes into sparks of clarity dancing around sordidness combined with philosophy its meditations primarily on art, and love i found several lengthy sections to type out, after the quote below, but cannot now bring myself to do so as the book has exhausted me [...]

  6. Brad

    Assuming that The Black Prince is a fair representation of Iris Murdoch s work, I think its unlikely I ll read any of her books.That s not to say she s a poor author, nor is it to suggest I didn t like The Black Prince She is a fine author, and I liked The Black Prince well enough But my experience with this book and what that means to my future engagement with Murdoch s novels is a bit like my experience with swimming laps in the local pool without a loftier purpose neither is worth the effort [...]

  7. Marija Simić

    3,5 stars.I just really enjoyed this book at the beginning It s indeed an unusual one I both, like and dislike the main character, Bradley, and overall, all characters in this book And I am that type of a reader, who is perfectly aware of character s age, but still always picture it as a young er , and often, I create his physical appearance, although author clearly describe it as opposite I don t know why I do this And, also, I wonder, do I picture characters in books like young ones, because I [...]

  8. Manny

    As usual, I just can t remember a thing that happened, at least to the extent of assigning it to this rather than some other Iris Murdoch novel Probably an insane billionaire has a scheme to destroy the world and 007 needs to infiltrate his shadowy organisation, having sex with several hot women en route and finally defusing the atomic weapon when there are only seconds left on the clock.Wait That was the other series, wasn t it In that case, pretty much the same, but take out the atomic weapon [...]

  9. Teresa Proença

    A arte n o confort vel nem falsific vel A arte conta a nica verdade que em definitivo interessa a luz atrav s da qual os seres humanos podem ser corrigidos E para al m da arte, permitam que vos diga, n o existe nada Iris Murdoch, O Pr ncipe Negro Uma Celebra o do Amor

  10. Ben Loory

    i loved this the same way i love every iris murdoch book and it doesn t surprise me that this is probably her most famous book it s long and complex and full of great characters and all perfectly set out and cut like a diamond and overflowing with wonderful sentences and thoughts about art and life and love and all the rest for me though it was just a little too normal it s a book about people and the way they interact it doesn t quite have the shimmering fantastical intensity of, say, The Itali [...]

  11. Christin

    Granted, I did not pick this book, but I did blindly and eagerly consent based on the fact that I had heard of Murdoch s work and as a result of my experience with other British Irish women novelists being so rich and rewarding, assumed I would love it Oh, folly Iris Murdoch is a philosopher and a lover of Sartre, worst offender of all, if you ask me , and I generally make it a rule never to read the novels of philosophers because they know shit about character development and even less about pl [...]

  12. Fiona

    Haven t read this in years either Irish Murdoch was shortlisted for the Booker for this wonderful novel written in the 1970s Hasn t dated at all She has characters and plot on a string Brilliant realisation of first person narrative, and a story within a story The narrator is typically grey, British, mediocre and of the pre Thatcher era, completely out of sorts with his own and everyone s feelings and emotions, sexual or otherwise At times bleak, mostly ironic, hugely amusing, nearly a sitcom ri [...]

  13. Kirsten

    Whew I finally finished it I wanted to score this book higher It was an excellent book, but I wouldn t say I really liked it as the GR ratings go The prose was just too dense for me to really enjoy it The characters, however, and the story are engaging and absorbing At no point did I not want to finish the book The characters were engaging though not very likable Still, I am glad I read it.This is going to sound odd But it is a very wet and windy sort of book It made me feel as I do on a cold an [...]

  14. Michael

    Hilarious, stylish, and profound what do you want out of a novel A master class in unreliable narration.

  15. Robert

    A strange and convoluted tale of love or at least, such is the way it describes itself But it seems Iris Murdoch s real purpose with the text is to offer the reader the disorienting experience of traveling across a highly nuanced emotional terrain with a Prufrockian narrator who is attempting to be set the record straight , and in the process creates questions, doubts, and uncertainty It is a book within a book, told in the first person by the author of the text and even goes a step further by [...]

  16. Tamara

    In my opinion this is Murdoch s finest novel I read many of her novels in my 20s, but none has made me contemplate love and morality in any sort of deep level as much as this book has I could rave on about this book for hours, but I would rather rave on about how angry the introduction by Martha C Nussbaum made me I cannot fathom how Nussbaum can have left out so many literary allusions made in the book First, while she does speak of Plato s Phaedrus and yes, it deserves mention apt would have [...]

  17. Elizabeth

    This book sat on my shelf for 6 months Finally, in an attempt to clean out my house and return over due borrowed items, I picked it up And didn t put it down This book covers the entire gamut of the feelings of love, from initial infatuation, the spiritual well being of love s first throes, and the stomach turning emotions of love s ending All that, plus such a beautiful look at the highest purity of true ART, within writing, music, and friendship This book is a must read for a mature understand [...]

  18. Iryna Khomchuk

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  19. Alex Sarll

    I used to get through them fairly regularly, but it s been a while since I read any Iris Murdoch Partly, this was the terrible deus ex machina ending to the last one I attempted partly that I was working my way through Alms for Oblivion, which approached similar terrain in such a different spirit that I didn t want to risk their frequencies interfering But as soon as I slipped into this, it was like coming home The largely superfluous prefaces and narrative hedging about whose fastidiousness ser [...]

  20. Jamie

    very engaging and has the quality of making you see your life as being a little sinister than before The natural tendency of the human soul is towards the protection of the ego The Niagara force of this tendency can be readily recognized by introspection, and its results are everywhere on public show We desire to be richer, handsomer, cleverer, stronger, adored and apparently good than anyone else I say apparently because the average man while he covets real wealth, normally covets only appar [...]

  21. Bob

    Martin Amis in his or less essential collection The War Against Clich Essays and Reviews 1971 2000 refers to this as one of her best In it or with it , Murdoch plunges full scale into the realm of the Nabokovian unreliable narrator and even, I think, tips her hat directly to Lolita and Pale Fire in spots Lots of plot developments usually in the form of marital infidelity tend to keep her books moving rapidly and she s not above a bit of melodrama in some cases she gets her characters into such [...]

  22. Agnese

    I guess I ve never read a book like this It s a crazy novel, but at the same time very romantic, with tense plot Middle aged man falls in love with his best friend s daughter She is about 30 years younger than he I actually don t believe such love and I m right It never existed Bradley imagined it and wrote a book about other things and relationships that never happened I wish the end was better I really hoped that the love was real and it would stay true and last for a longer period of time The [...]

  23. Despair Speaking

    For books like this, it s important that the reader will sympathize, understand, or like the main character even if it s just a little But I could not bring myself to do any of these things I was already bored by the end of the first chapter but forced myself to continue since I was hoping it would redeem itself eventually Unfortunately, it didn t.And you know what I couldn t even bring myself to care.Honestly I thought the death was just placed there in hopes of making things interesting, in an [...]

  24. Tara

    This book is fantastic It uses some pretty clever literary devices, but instead of it all being the tool of some pretentious artist, it s kind of about something bigger It s great The scene where one of the characters flips out and falls on the floor is tremendous Iris Murdoch has some books which are just, eh, but altogether she was a tremendous thinker who was able to translate that into her books in a way which was never stuffy And when she does a great job, she does a a really really great j [...]

  25. Laura

    Just arrived from Cairo, Egypt.The story of Bradley Pearson who acts as the narrator and hero into this story I cannot tell anything else in order to avoid spoil it A GREAT book, to be read for those who like a quite original plot.

  26. Núria

    El pr ncipe negro se parece muy mucho a la otra novela de Iris Murdoch que he le do, El mar, el mar , hasta el punto que a veces parecen dos versiones de un mismo punto de partida un tipo bastante detestable y nada fiable como narrador, en plena pre crisis de los 60, se empe a en vivir una historia de amor algo rid cula, mientras a su alrededor se congregan una serie de personajes que le estorban en su empe o Se ve que no es porque todas las novelas de Murdoch se parezcan tanto, sino porque yo h [...]

  27. Arukiyomi

    What a great read this was I can also imagine that Murdoch had immense fun writing it too, because that comes across in the writing for too often to be coincidental.Firstly, it messes with the structure of a novel and blurs the lines between fiction and non by initially presenting it as a kind of screen play and then having characters comment afterwards on their impression of Bradley Pearson, the protagonist This makes for an intriguing read as you are aware from the start that, as a novel, it s [...]

  28. Zach

    This is a form of insanity, Bradley Only the insane think there are planes which are separate from other planes It s all a muddle, Bradley, it s all a muddle God knows, I m saying this to you in kindness A muddle indeed.Ok, so Bradley Pearson B.P you see is a writer He s the author of this text, sure, but the discerning reader will quickly realize that he is in fact a tax man of some sort He is surrounded by an impressively realized cast of caricatures, a bumbling group of parasites who have all [...]

  29. Chris Alexander

    I admit it, I m a slow reader It probably took me well over a year to read this book It wasn t that it was bad in fact it was quite good , but it comes down to finding the time Every time I would start getting into it, something would pull me away I love the British author Iris Murdoch and it s been years since I last read one of her philosophically engaging novels After a lot of debate, I finally settled on this one and it did not disappoint.The book is a typical rich tapestry of characters, as [...]

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