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The Unicorn (Anglais) Broché – 6 janvier 1987

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“Miss Murdoch has taken the stock elements of the Gothic novel and wrung hell out of them. . . . A strange combination of fairy tale and blood-and-thunder.”—Books and Bookmen

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A brilliant mythical drama about well-meaning people trapped in a war of spiritual forces

Marian Taylor, who has come as a “companion” to a lovely woman in a remote castle, becomes aware that her employer is a prisoner, not only of her obsessions, but of an unforgiving husband.

Hannah, the Unicorn, seemingly an image of persecuted virtue, fascinates those who surround her, some of whom plan to rescue her from her dream of redemptive suffering. But is she an innocent victim, a guilty woman, a mad woman, or a witch? Is her spiritual life really some evil enchantment? If she is forcibly liberated will she die? The ordinary, sensible people survive, and are never sure whether they have understood.

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5.0 étoiles sur 5 a very readable Murdoch novel 8 juin 2007
Par Ellen Pruitt Thomas - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
The Unicorn reads easily, with a plot that the average reader can outline and follow: a young woman is hired as a governess to a remote, mysterious household on the English coastline -- Murdoch did have an enormous fascination with the ocean and the coast -- only to discover that there are no children to teach, but rather she has been secured to keep a young married woman, Hannah, company.

As the story progresses it is clear that Hannah is an extraordinary person in extraordinary circumstances. There are all the elements of a satisfying mystery novel -- deep dark secrets, rain and thunder, nighttime walks through the bog, odd personalities, spooky happenings.

But of course, it's a Murdoch novel, and that means a hefty undercurrent of psychological analysis, the fallibility of humans, the disastrous prognosis of sin, accidents of fate, and all the convoluted personality quirks Murdoch loved to inflict upon her characters. She gives the reader a full course meal of philosophical, theological and psychological food for thought all the while maintaining an entertaining story line and engaging characters.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 The seller was fine, they noted the condition of the book but it was pretty torn up 5 mars 2013
Par Jenn - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This was Iris attempting a soap opera, Gothic novel and she actually did a damned good job for a well-educated philosopher. I chose it for a school project and it was much more poignantly and cleverly crafted than many of the other surface-level Gothic romances. I loved the biblical comparisons. It really showcased Murdoch's capacity to comprehend human emotions and is even cooler when you read her bio and discover that she sought out emotional turmoil in her own life, enabling her to master her characters and give them massive amounts of depth and significance.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Ethereal Strands of Intrigue and Enchantment 21 mai 2006
Par Andrew Schonbek - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Marian Taylor has been engaged as governess at Gaze Castle, set on a remote and lonely faraway coastline. The tale begins with her growing sense of foreboding as she realizes that she been separated from the normal and understandable world. Instead, she finds herself in a web of murky forces, among a group of strange people living with a dark, unspoken secret.

At the center of the enchantment is Hannah Crean-Smith, the beautiful and mysterious lady of the castle. Marian soon learns that she is held in thrall, captive but willing, suffering but serene. While Marian's natural impulse is to fight for Hannah's freedom, she ultimately discovers that the forces of confinement are relentless, immovable, and overwhelming.

Murdoch portrays good and evil with a mastery that is uncanny and unsettling. And as always in her work, the writing in and of itself is powerful and evocative. The following description of a short trip from Gaze to a nearby town serves as an example...

"It was a clear day. The sea, at the horizon a hazier blue, faded away into azure light and became sky. To the north the bastions of limestone were a dark purple. To the south the land sloped now and the cliffs had ended. A few scattered cabins and tiny walled fields lined with blazing fuchsia appeared on the seaward shelves. Then there was the little harbour of Blackport with its yellow and black lighthouse and a cluster of sails and a long green headland beyond. Here the landscape was gentle, ordinary, human. It was the end of the appalling land."

The Unicorn resonates on many dimensions and makes for rich and rewarding reading.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Interesting classic 24 mai 2014
Par Carol Mannchen - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book starts out looking like formulaic Gothic mystery, but that's not what it is. The Unicorn is an imprisoned woman who takes part in her own imprisonment. It has some surprise twists.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Like a Cauldron 14 novembre 2012
Par Italo Perazzoli - Publié sur Amazon.com
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When I finished to read this novel, my imagination fell on a cauldron, it was similar to the cauldron of Macbeth surrounded by witches.

In other words there is a strong relationship between the environment and our personages, it seems that the weather represents their souls whom are managed by the witches.

This novel is quite complicated if we think about the mysterious figure of Hannah, is she a witch? Is she mad? Is she a penitent? perhaps she can't be the unicorn because she committed an act of adultery.

In my opinion the philosophical message, of the unicorn, is a profound reasoning about pros and cons in a world without God.

The central question is try to understand, if the humans are able to eradicate the evil presents in all of us.

This did not happen in this novel mainly because we do not understand yet, what exactly means love and faith, and why Hannah committed the adultery; it was due to a sexiness of hierarchy? it was an act of rebellion?.

The mythological power of the unicorn is to render poisoned water potable, if and only if it is captured by a virgin.

At this point, we should analyse if suffering is a tool for a redemption for our souls or not.

Is this depend by God? or by a personal and individualistic experience?

`Max had been right perhaps when he said that they had all turned towards her to discover a significance in their own sufferings, to load their own evil on to her to be burnt up.

It had been a fantasy of the spiritual life has no story and is not tragic. Hannah had been for them an image of God; and if she was a false God they had certainly worked hard to make her so. (The Unicorn, Virgin Classics, Iris Murdoch, page 268)

Now I need to read more Murdoch.
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