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doc â The Italian Girl ☆ Iris Murdoch Rets his homecoming tips a precariously balanced dynamic into sudden chaos The Italian Girl is Murdoch’s compelling story of a man’s reunion with his estranged family and of the tragedy that shocks them all into confronting their dark pa Iris Murdoch’s The Italian Girl reads like a cross between a Victoria Holt Gothic romance and a glimpse of a Holden Caulfield still clueless self centered and easily offended at forty something The protagonist and narrator Edmund Narraway returns home for the funeral of his domineering and destructive mother Lydia after years away Still living at the dark gloomy family mansion are Edmund’s alcoholic philandering brother Otto Otto’s neurotic wife Isabel their beautiful but reckless teenage daughter Flora and the Italian au pair Maggie who stayed on even as Flora outgrew her — the eponymous Italian girl In the novel’s 171 pages the Narraway family seeks fulfillment — both sexual and emotional — in the absolutely most destructive ways I don’t want to give too much away but let’s just say that Otto’s Russian twenty something apprentice David Levkin and Levkin’s promiscuous sister Elsa don’t make matters any better for the dysfunctional Narraway clan While their famous father was an artist Edmund is an engraver and Otto is a stone mason Published in 1964 The Italian Girl seems dated even for that time period; the effete Edmund reminds me of an over refined English mama’s boy in a 1920s PG Wodehouse novel while his monstrous brother could play the murder victim who’s begging to be killed in a Dorothy L Sayers or Agatha Christie novel From this book while atmospheric and containing some beautifully turned phrases I just don’t get what led millions to love Murdoch’s novels The Italian Girl reminded me of the 1960s cult classic Dark Shadows — all dark oppressive atmosphere and melodrama — but the Narraway family has none of the fun in its dysfunction Despite some emotional fireworks an unconvincing ending and long stretches of tedium make The Italian Girl a three star read

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The Italian Girl kindle Ø Paperback ☆ dogsalonbristol Ä [PDF / Epub] ⚣ The Italian Girl ✈ Iris Murdoch – Dogsalonbristol.co.uk A family struggles for redemption after a funeral brings dark secrets to the surface in this novel from the Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Sea The SeaThe funera A family struggles for redemption after a funeral brings dark secrets to the surface The Italian PDF or in this novel from the Man Booker Prize–winning author of The Sea The SeaThe funeral of Edward’s mother brings him home for the first Notes to self1 Read a book a couple of weeks ago Turned out it was about Alzheimer’s2 Cannot remember the title or story of note #13 Read another book last week Turned out it had a character who suffered dementia4 Cannot remember that title or story either of note #35 Current author developed Alzheimer’sReviewA short and absorbing tale that takes place in Northern England Murdoch was an established and honored and prolific author She wrote beautifully And is now dead This story is told by a solitary 30 40’ish year old man who is not aware of what he does not have but carries a sense of emptiness He reestablishes a relationship with his brother and his brother’s dysfunctional household It is to be a temporary visit Their mother despised by both sons has died and the story begins at the funeral for the motherA beautiful and realistic account that pushes all the right buttons for this reader Philosophy irony miscommunications between its characters love reflection redemption loss interesting dialogue empathy or lack of compromise some angst and tension trials between family members the intrusion of outsiders the casual assaults by youth and Recommended for we who acknowledge our fractured lives Any further uestions will not be answered by this reader who will have forgotten the story momentarily

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The Italian GirlTime in years Though his return rekindles his affection for his childhood home it also triggers a resurgence of the family tensions that caused him to leave in the first place As Edward becomes tangled in his family’s web of corrosive sec This is Iris Murdoch's eighth novel I have been reading her novels in order of publication and become uite a fan She brings a philosophical bent to her fiction Though the next book for me would have been The Unicorn one of my reading groups picked this one so I set aside my OCD tendency and went with it Some critics have considered it one of her weakest novels I liked it just fine The younger son Edmund has come home due to the death of his mother and tells the story with wistful viewpoints of each member of the household Lydia the deceased mother had been controlling and no longer interested in her husband now deceased once she had two sons She was overly possessive of the boys in alternating periods Otto the older brother still lives in the family home with his wife Isabel and daughter Flora now a teenager In Murdoch's usual way the details of the family come into focus like a developing photograph until you have a distressing picture of psychological disturbance and broken relationships Edmund no surprise has trouble with females never married and is possibly still a virgin Otto drinks is vegetarian and works unsuccessfully as an engraver mostly making tombstones He has always had criminal type assistants who cause trouble and are then replaced Otto's wife it turns out is having an affair with the current assistant David who has also been sleeping with the daughter and gotten her pregnant Otto is sleeping with David's mysterious and troubled sister uite a mess but this is one of Murdoch's typical families Edmund's pathetic attempts to help these people all go awry almost to the point of comedy Dark comedy is another facet of Murdoch's fiction The title is the key to this fractured family but you don't find out the full significance of the Italian girl until the very end All you know until then is that the family has had a series of Italian girls as servants These girls do all the housework raised the boys when the mother needed a break and served as companion to mother The mystery of this arrangement is the big reveal at the endI found the novel to be one of her most exuisitely written books Each scene is carefully drawn with lovely descriptions that create atmosphere and allow you to see ever deeply into the characters In fact it was adapted for the stage by James Saunders and originally performed in 1968In spite of there being not a single likeable character I felt for them all Murdoch seems to be telling us that in any family there are secrets Secrets of the heart due to failures to connect unawareness of what goes on a lack of perspective caused by the claustrophobia of family I have found that to be true in most families I know even the good ones

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