The Flight from the Enchanter
Businessman Mischa Fox has wealth, charisma, and an uncanny ability to influence those around him. When he moves to buy a small feminist magazine in London called the Artemis, Mischa becomes entangled in the lives of the Artemis’s editor, Hunter, his sister, Rosa, and her boarder, Annette, as well as their circle of friends. As Mischa instigates a series of ominous event...more
Opening: It was about three o'clock on a Friday afternoon when Annette decided to leave school. An Italian lesson was in progress. In ...more
I don't personally know anyone who has read Iris Murdoch's novels. This is her second novel and only the second one I have read. I find her books so far, to be refreshingly unique. In this one she explores the hold a strong personality can have over other people, denying them the freedom to live by their own determinism.
Only gradually does the reader realize which character in the story is the enchanter and by then you are so invested in several of his victims' lives, that you fear for them and ...more
A complicated book that never really delivers what it promises; too many non-sequiturs.
The premise really never culminates into anything. The characters are imprisoned (and thereby narrowed) by their own inaction and fear and far too many of them dissolve into tears at the slightest provocation. It frustrated me. I didn't take to any individual or feel any pathos for their respective plights. I wanted to slap some s ...more
This was my first Murdoch, and I have to admit that I found it more than a little confusing. I won't detail the plot; I'll just say that I still don't understand the denouement.
I think this audio version is available only from audible.com. I'm not sorry that I used one of my "credits" on it. I may even listen to it again, if only to have 11 hrs of Sachs ...more
Very soon afterwards I was writing to a friend, telling her that I was reading a strange book, but a good one, that was very unusual. It is a small handful of books that glide ...more
Annette, youthful and vibrant, leaves school. She wants to go to the school of life, and despite two near-rapes, a ridiculous midnight (and half-naked) pursuit of a man old enough to be her father, and a silly suicide attemp ...more
I'm not sure how I feel about the book. There were some very funny parts, for example the elderly suffragettes arguing at the Artemis AGM, but also some very disturbing parts (view spoiler)[ like Annette's attempted rape and Nina's suicide (hide spoiler)] which I didn't feel were a ...more
Murdoch dramatizes some things that are small, and downplays the melodramatic. Her language terse, direct, and thoroughly commanding. As a second novel, it's so assured and even, a challenge some older write ...more
I've already got more books by Murdoch ready and am looking forward to other hopeful ...more
В этом - эпическая завязка, с десяток ярких героев, но ближе к концу они разбегаются и разъезжаются, вполне буквально.
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 w ...more