Friday, November 23, 2012

Biblio Love - The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch

Newly retired and failed author Bradley Pearson wants nothing more than to sit down in a country home and write the book of his life. However, that is clearly out of the question as his best friend Arnold Baffin, wife Rachael and daughter Julian, his ex-wife Christian and brother Francis and his sister Priscilla and ex-husband Roger have other plans for him: their own mishandled and distorted lives. Welcome to The Black Prince by Iris Murdoch. As we travel along with Bradley, we watch him juggle his many affairs with friends and family members, not to mention a little love affair that turns out bigger than expected, at least on his side. As one reads this tightly and well written novel, one can not help but feel sorry for Bradley (Brad) and how he wants to be left alone. And yet, we also see that the more he wants to be left alone, the more he actually craves companionship in whatever form it comes in. Filled with quirky British humour, devastating moments and a few surprises at the end, The Black Prince is a novel that refuses to go quietly into the night, as well it shouldn't.

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