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A Severed Head (Vintage Classics) (original: 1961; edição: 2001)

de Iris Murdoch (Autor)

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Martin Lynch-Gibbon believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education. He attempts to behave beautifully and sensibly. Then he meets a woman whose demonic splendour at first repels him and later arouses a consuming and monstrous passion. As his Medusa informs him, 'this is nothing to do with happiness'.… (mais)
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Título:A Severed Head (Vintage Classics)
Autores:Iris Murdoch (Autor)
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A Severed Head de Iris Murdoch (1961)

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I’m a big fan of Murdoch but this one just didn’t come up to her usual standards. To be fair to her, what I should say is that it doesn’t reach the standards that her later novels show (The Black Prince and The Sea, The Sea in particular).

This isn’t unusual for great novelists though; just look at the difference between Woolf’s The Voyage Out and The Waves. In the same way, Murdoch starts out with Under the Net, moves on to The Bell and then A Severed Head. It’s definitely a step in the right direction. The characters are more sinister, more complex and more in need of a good hard slap in the face.

For a start, any protagonist with a double-barrelled surname in a Murdoch novel probably lacks a bit of perspective on anyone except himself. And so it proves. Martin Lynch-Gibbon is jilted in love and spends the rest of the novel attempting to come to terms with this, blind to the fact that his hypocrisy is laid bare by the fact that he was already having an affair at the time his wife confessed her own to him.

Events overtake him though (another theme that dominates later Murdoch novels) and he finds his wife, her lover and his own lover in alliance against him. At the same time, her lover’s enigmatic sister Honor Klein appears more and more frequently to lend a gothic air to everything.

It’s not hard to see what will happen in the end, but there are some twists along the way, notably in Cambridge (which, ironically, I have some personal experience of). The book moves at a fair pace, but it’s not the frenetic dash of The Sea, The Sea. Thus, we have an important Murdoch that shows traces of her later greatness. ( )
  arukiyomi | Aug 30, 2021 |
Another enjoyable day or so of reading another Murdoch novel They're so absorbing. This book has the usual formula of outwardly self-sufficient individuals precipitated into moral crises that is typical of her. The characters pass through a maelstrom of revelations, secrets and self discovery; they emerged chastened, more self-aware and sometimes happier.
This formula is never boring; it's part of Murdoch's genius to write into her novels believable characters who are in some way, often slight, damaged or lacking in a vital element that would round them into someone wholly human. So, we are all represented in her novels as the less than perfect persons we often wish we were.
  ivanfranko | Jul 12, 2021 |
Martin Lynch-Gibbon is perfectly satisfied with his wife, Antonia, and his young mistress, Georgie...until his wife suddenly announces that she is leaving him for Palmer Anderson, her psychoanalyst. Reeling from the wtf moment, the pain of betrayal, and infuriation by Antonia and Palmer's insistence at his inclusion in their relationship, and constant treatment of him as an overgrown child, he finds himself repelled but drawn to the most unlikely source of desire - Anderson's sallow-cheeked, greasy-haired laconic sister Honor Klein, whose existence seems to mock and expose his painfully male mistakes. As Martin stumbles through the fog of anxiety, anger and tears, he soon realizes the true depths of his self-deception, and who he really loves.

Thought the Main Character Trying To Lead His Own Life Without Interference trope was all she had? Wrong!! Iris makes another long running Murdochian trope the centre of attention: The Complicated Love Triangle (where friends suddenly become lovers, lovers turn into strangers and acquaintances suddenly become lovers). Iris's depiction of love is intense and consuming, but diffused and confused. Everything is shrouded in possibility, waiting for the chance of a mere encounter. Seemingly logical decisions and rational behaviour, once stripped away, are often exposed for elements of emotional involvement - and each character has different instruments to cheat themselves. Martin tries to rationally justify his decision for a mistress. Antonia beseeches Martin to be reasonable and kind, after she elopes with Palmer. The only character that seems to withstand the self-bullshit is Honor, who lurks in the novel as some cloaked sceptre of truth - apparently nobody can lie to her because they're compelled into honesty by forces beyond.
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The dryer Iris is, the more dramatic she turns, and this was so much fun to read!! I'm just glad that she left behind such a prolific amount of work. ( )
  georgeybataille | Jun 1, 2021 |
I read this book as it was a recommended text for a Master Class in Fiction text that I am slogging through. Severed Head was used for the chapter on dialogue. It does have some great, conversations. It was a fun read - a comedy of ever changing relationships - all revealed to the reader by a very self-absorbed, clueless and unreliable narrator.

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  LenJoy | Mar 14, 2021 |
Bizarre book. Dated, but interesting. ( )
  Chica3000 | Dec 11, 2020 |
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'You're sure she doesn't know?' said Georgie.
'Antonia? About us? Certain.'
Georgie was silent for a moment and then said, 'Good.' That court 'Good' was characteristic of her, typical of a toughness which had, to my mind, more to do with honesty than with ruthlessness. I liked the dry way in which she accepted our relationship. Only with a person so eminently sensible could I have deceived my wife.
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Iris Murdoch's novel 'A Severed Head' (1961) was adapted for the stage with the same title. The published play (1964) is co-credited to Murdoch and the playwright J.B. Priestly. Please distinguish between this novel and the play adaptation. Thank you.
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Martin Lynch-Gibbon believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education. He attempts to behave beautifully and sensibly. Then he meets a woman whose demonic splendour at first repels him and later arouses a consuming and monstrous passion. As his Medusa informs him, 'this is nothing to do with happiness'.

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