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Bruno, starzec przykuty do łóżka przez śmiertelną chorobę, dokonuje ostatecznego rozliczenia ze swoim życiem, swoistego rachunku sumienia. Wokół niego krążą inni bohaterowie, młodsi od niego o dwa pokolenia, romansując, kochając się, nienawidząc, zdradzając. We wspomnieniach Brunona pojawiają się też postaci z przeszłości, równie - jeśli nie bardziej - wyraziste. Bruno prz ...more
Paperback, 317 pages
Published 2002 by Wydawnictwo Literackie (first published 1969)
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Lobstergirl
May 06, 2014 Lobstergirl rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aborted, own, fiction

If your primary emotional reaction to a book is that you find you want to beat the author about the head and neck with a dead possum (wearing elbow length rubber gloves to avoid getting dead possum juice on yourself, while spraying it all over the author), is that a good enough reason to stop reading?

I think Iris Murdoch is just not my kind of author, the way gin and tonics are not my kind of beverage.

Stopping at p. 77, I have the sneaking suspicion that the worst parts of the novel are ahead of
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Melisa
Honestly, I still don't know what to make of this book, but here are some thought-provoking quotes I'd like to share with you:

"It was a mere convention after all that one ought to be on good terms with one's son or father. Sons and fathers were individuals and should be paid the compliment of being treated as such. Why should they not have the privilege, possessed by other and unrelated persons, of drifting painlessly apart?"

"I suppose one is like what one loves. Or one loves what one is like. A
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Tony
Oct 31, 2015 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
BRUNO’S DREAM. (1969). Iris Murdoch. ****.
Bruno’s dream is essentially the expiation of his perceived guilt of his life in his relations with the rest of his family. These guilts attack him while he is in the final stages of a disease that will inevitably end in his death. What can you say about Bruno? He has a valuable stamp collection that was mostly passed down to him from his father, although he has added to it over the years. He has a serious amateur’s rating as an etymologist; his specialt
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Uthpala Dassanayake
Bruno’s Dream was not up to my expectations.
In every stage, things happen in an extreme manner making it absurd some times. In the beginning three men play the main roles. All three of them lost their wives some years ago and still mourning them sometimes. In next stage everybody starts falling in love. Not with one person, but with multiple so some of them overlaps. Yet they are madly in love too. They almost look like Barbara Cartland or Daniel Steel characters. When the tangle is at its heig
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hope mohammed
معروف ان الانسان العاجز يضطر الى اللجوء لماضيه ويعيش من خلال أفكاره ، برونو انسان كبير في السن عاجز ومريض فيلجأ الى التفكر في علاقاته الماضية من خلال عائلته زوجته واولاده ويرغب في مقابلة ابنه مايلز الذي لم يقابله من فترة طويلة ، سنين مضت .

تبدا الرواية بفكرة جيدة وبأسلوب قوي بينما تتعسر وتفقد رونقها في المنتصف في خلال تعمقي بالقراءة وتعثري بعلاقات افرادها وتشابكهم معا في دائرة مغلقة من العلاقات العاطفية ومشاكل ذو جانب عاطفي غالبا وهذا ماسبب في نفسي مللا في متابعة قصة ونفسية كلا منهم وتطويل لا داع
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Charlene Lewis- Estornell
I would say this book read like an opera but the truth is that it read more like a poorly written soap opera. Everyone falls in love with everyone. Perhaps some sort attempt at exploring the complex nature of love?

It started strong, quickly became uninteresting, and never recovered.
Lynley
Jun 16, 2015 Lynley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brit-lit
This is the first Iris Murdoch novel I've read. My history with Iris Murdoch involves watching the film Iris at least twice, and watching my year 13 English teacher read Iris Murdoch all through my senior high school year of English rather than teaching us English. He was obsessed. I picked up an Iris Murdoch novel around that time just to see what he was so interested in, but failed to get anything out of it.

Now that I'm the age my English teacher was then, I can finally get through one. I'm n
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Donna
Mar 08, 2016 Donna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novel
What a beautiful novel! The topic seems like it would not be that interesting, but I wanted to read more Iris Murdoch and so thought I would dive into this one. My favorite so far. Bruno and his circle of family and acquaintances all interact in unexpected ways and their relationships by the end of the book have been transformed from the beginning. The characters are interesting and real. She is artful in her foreshadowing and dialogue. Her philosophical bent comes through in an enjoyable manner ...more
Adam
Aug 25, 2015 Adam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A pleasure to read. Yes the characters are victims of circumstance but more importantly the individuals are not read as symbols of a universal 'type' (goodie, baddie etc), this separates the novel from the moral tales that prevailed in the past and still abound today. Given this existential outlook, the histories of the characters related within the book make up a satisfying, readable and racy 'story'. One is inevitably drawn to comparisons between several situations (there are deliberately 'pai ...more
Melania
May 20, 2015 Melania rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: iris-murdoch
VISUL LUI BRUNO

acesta e un roman clasic; şi psihologic; şi mistic; şi de aventuri; şi de dragoste.
dar e şi un roman modern; chiar post-.

un nonagenar, Bruno, şade pe ducă în camera sa de luni de zile. îşi contemplă colecţia de timbre, şi se gândeşte la viaţa lui care acum îi pare un vis. şi mai citeşte tratate despre păianjeni, cu care a-nceput să semene - Dumnezeu însuşi e un păianjen, de firul lui subţire şi auriu ne tot chinuim să ne-agăţăm, dar de cele mai multe ori îl scăpăm –; aşa că toate
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Simon Mcleish
Feb 02, 2013 Simon Mcleish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Originally published on my blog here in June 2003.

An old man lying on his deathbed, barely understanding what happens around him, may seem an unpromising central character for a novel. It may be that this is part of the reason that Bruno's Dream is not one of Murdoch's best novels, but it is certainly a theme which suited her style, which itself has dreamlike qualities, more than it would that of many writers.

Bruno's concerns are those which might be considered typical of someone in his position
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Frank Spencer
Feb 08, 2015 Frank Spencer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
No good news here about getting old. The story is compelling in relation to Murdoch's life at the end. Stamps (of all things) figure strongly in the story. They lose the war with the Thames. The other interesting battles are with the passage of time (bet on Mother Time if you get the opportunity; give any odds) and with one's inner thoughts and memories. Bruno is continually bothered by things that happened years ago. Six stars; why be limited by the rating scale!
Tonymess
Jul 09, 2013 Tonymess rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well it was a delight to revel in Iris Murdoch’s writing again, so shortly after finishing “The Nice and the Good”, and what a huge leap was made from reading “A.L. Barker’s “John Brown’s Body”. As soon as I was a couple of pages into this I was hooked. The writing was a breeze to read, the complex characters, their lamentations on love and loss all so familiar to her shortlisted novel of the year before.

The novel opens with Bruno on his death bed, reflecting on his life, the women he loved, his
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Ginette González
Apr 26, 2012 Ginette González rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡Mi primera novela de Murdoch! Sólo había visto la conmovedora película "Iris" con Kate Winslet y Judi Dench pero no había tenido en mis manos un libro de su amplia obra. Intensos y ágiles retratos de los sentimientos y cambios ¿drásticos? de perspectiva y emociones en sus personajes en esta novela. Me queda de este primer acercamiento a Iris Murdoch la certeza de que su arte es complejo y de muchos caminos, por ello me quedo pensando en Bruno, en su relato ensoñador, crudo, brumoso, irreal y mu ...more
Bob
May 26, 2008 Bob rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The titular Bruno is 90 years old and invalid. The first couple of chapters are from his perspective but thereafter the story mainly follows what he has wrought in the word, descendants and dependants – mainly, children, stepchildren and caretakers. In characteristic Murdochian fashion, they all proceed through a whirlwind of romances, betrayals, breakups and assorted emotional cataclysms, plus a dash of melodrama (a destructive flood this time). The compelling bit of character development is ho ...more
Robin Edman
Jan 06, 2012 Robin Edman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Iris Murdoch writes about these incredibly chatty people in what should be an irritatingly verbose way, but for some reason, in her works, the extra verbiage works. Bruno is old, old, old, but not quite dying, and in his hanging on he brings around him and into contact with each other a variety of people who interact in the most telling ways. All the silly stories that we tell ourselves about ourselves are dissected and revealed by this cutting barrage of talk, talk, talk. And still we don't see ...more
Norman James
Jun 14, 2016 Norman James rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably not for everyone, but an excellent book, particularly if you like intense character studies and not a plot ridden page turner. Murdoch is among the greatest.
Karen
Jun 29, 2009 Karen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the structure of this--the way the story unfolded through the alternating characters' points of view. There were lots of plot twists that kept me interested throughout. Murdoch fleshed out the characters enough to keep them from falling into stereotypes. Despite this, their eccentric behavior does give the story a soap opera-feel at times--not my favorite thing. But ultimately, I could see where they were coming from and why they were so messed up. Hadn't read Murdoch before this, ...more
Roland
Oct 12, 2015 Roland rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
yeah keep 'em coming
Aarti
Jun 10, 2015 Aarti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
False
Hilary
Oct 19, 2012 Hilary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not one of my favourite Iris Murdochs, but good for a fix of Murdochian weirdness. Everyone falling in love with people they shouldn't, finding out that others have been in love with them for years unnoticed, malevolent and scary suitors, duels and rival sisters. Water as always, in this case the Thames, threatens to overwhelm everyone, and also has the power to cleanse or wipe the slate clean. All this with a dying man at the centre of it wondering about the meaning of his life as he nears its ...more
Rachel
This was my first Murdoch book. I expected it to be rather heavier reading, and if I'm honest a bit dull. It wasn't at all. I liked the humour in the story and the pace. I did feel towards the middle that the characters (bar Bruno) all needed a bit of a slap for being tedious and self-involved, but on the whole enjoyed this novel.



I will definitely look out for more.





Ali
Jan 25, 2009 Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this novel, which I found got increasingly bizarre as it went on, but then I am getting used to that. I will be discussing it further with my fellow murdoch a month participants, although I believe it is to be a Murdoch every other month from now on. There are plenty of typical Murdoch themes here, and some wonderfully strange characters, I really liked poor old Bruno though.Tags:book reviews
Smoothw
I can see why Iris Murdoch was a skilled enough author to publish dozens of books, but this one just irritated me, as it seemed to take an ok premise (really old and dying man looks back over his life and tries to reconcile with his son) and instead fills it with stupid people alternately hooking up with each other and ridiculous incidents that should belong in a magical realist novel if at all.
Recabarren
Aug 23, 2013 Recabarren rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: almost-read
Gave up. The characters seem somewhat inconsistent and with unrealistic drives and the couples keep changing like in a soap-opera. Their choices simply don't seem credible.

I'm not giving up on Iris Murdoch, though. I enjoyed "Under the Net" a lot; I remember one of the things I liked about it was its humor and fast-pace, none of which "Bruno's Dream" has.
Marilú Cuentalibros
Esta es una autora que merece mucho la pena descubrir y leer, leer y leer.
Lucy
Sep 28, 2010 Lucy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A perfect novel - perfect length, no superfluous filler; perfect consistency of tone throughout, with a disarming blend of gentle pathos (though never sentimentality) and rueful humour - one of my favourite Murdochs. The scene with a drunken Danby stranded at night in a sea of suburban gardens was delightful.
Courtney
Feb 14, 2007 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: britlit, fiction
A fantastic little novel about death, remorse, the loss of love/loved ones, and the human condition. Bruno is a dying man at the center of a variety of complex relationships. One day, Bruno asks to see his estranged son, Miles. This sets off a series of events culminating in a pistol duel and a great flood.
Nic
Mar 26, 2015 Nic rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, england, female
OK; far from great. Set pieces feel forced (more so than usual) and everyone lacks energy.
Don
Dec 25, 2015 Don rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Not exactly Jodi Picoult, but kind of a high-brow soap opera; not challenging, not incredibly insightful, and given the author's reputation, I expected more.
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