The Philosopher's Pupil

The Philosopher's Pupil

Iris Murdoch / Jun 26, 2019

The Philosopher s Pupil When George McCaffrey s car plunges into a canal with his wife still inside nobody knows whether George is to blame Nobody that is except an Anglican priest who happened to witness the whole thing

  • Title: The Philosopher's Pupil
  • Author: Iris Murdoch
  • ISBN: 9780140066951
  • Page: 259
  • Format: Paperback
  • When George McCaffrey s car plunges into a canal with his wife still inside, nobody knows whether George is to blame Nobody, that is, except an Anglican priest who happened to witness the whole thing And when George s former teacher, the charismatic philosopher Rozanov, returns to town, George s life begins to spin wildly out of control Set in the English spa town ofWhen George McCaffrey s car plunges into a canal with his wife still inside, nobody knows whether George is to blame Nobody, that is, except an Anglican priest who happened to witness the whole thing And when George s former teacher, the charismatic philosopher Rozanov, returns to town, George s life begins to spin wildly out of control Set in the English spa town of Ennistone, The Philosopher s Pupil is a darkly comic story of love, redemption, and the complex nature of the human condition.

    The Philosopher s Pupil The Philosopher s Pupil Jump to navigation Jump to search The Philosopher s Pupil is a novel by the British writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch It is set in a small English spa town called Ennistone George McCaffrey George, years old, was a pupil of John Robert Rozanov, the philosopher. The Philosopher s Pupil by Iris Murdoch The Philosopher s Pupil Nobody, that is, except an Anglican priest who happened to witness the whole thing And when George s former teacher, the charismatic philosopher Rozanov, returns to town, George s life begins to spin wildly out of control Set in the English spa town of. The Philosopher s Pupil A Novel Kindle edition by Iris The Philosopher s Pupil is a Dante esque tale of love as in the Inferno kind, not the love of Beatrice Murdoch has a mature nineteenth century novelist s depth to her characters she is easily a match for Tolstoy, Trollope and Eliot, to name some of the giants of fiction. The Philosopher s Pupil Analysis eNotes Jun , The Philosopher s Pupil The philosopher of the novel s title is John Robert Rozanov, a world renowned metaphysician who has returned recently to his hometown of Ennistone, England, in order to rewrite his great book, a work that will summarize and illuminate a The Philosopher s Pupil Iris Murdoch The Philosopher s Pupil is a Dante esque tale of love as in the Inferno kind, not the love of Beatrice Murdoch has a mature nineteenth century novelist s depth to her characters she is easily a match for Tolstoy, Trollope and Eliot, to name some of the giants of fiction. The Philosopher s Pupil The philosopher in The Philosopher s Pupil is full of specialized knowledge even about ethical theory , but so self absorbed that he is literally unable to focus on anyone around him even those whom he loves and cares about. The philosopher s pupil Book, WorldCat The philosopher s pupil Iris Murdoch Malcolm Bradbury In the English town of Ennistone hot springs bubble up from deep beneath the earth In these healing waters the townspeople seek health and regeneration, rightousness and ritual cleansing. The philosopher s pupil Book, WorldCat The philosopher s pupil Iris Murdoch Home WorldCat Home About WorldCat Help Search Search for Library Items Search for Lists Search for Contacts Search for a Library Create lists, bibliographies and reviews or Search WorldCat Find items in libraries near you Advanced Search Find a Library The Philosopher S Pupil Download eBook PDF EPUB the philosopher s pupil Download the philosopher s pupil or read online here in PDF or EPUB Please click button to get the philosopher s pupil book now All books are in clear copy here, and all files are secure so don t worry about it. The Philosopher s Pupil Iris Murdoch ifscc The Philosopher s Pupil When George McCaffrey s car plunges into a canal with his wife still inside nobody knows whether George is to blame Nobody that is except an

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        Dame Jean Iris MurdochIrish 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 wanted, through her novels, to reach all possible readers, in different ways and by different means by the excitement of her story, its pace and its comedy, through its ideas and its philosophical implications, through the numinous atmosphere of her own original and created world the world she must have glimpsed as she considered and planned her first steps in the art of fiction John Bayley in Elegy for Iris, 1998 enpedia wiki Iris_Mur


    819 Comments

    1. Philosopher Iris Murdoch indicts philosophy -- or some of its (mis)uses. She shows how corrupting an obsession with abstractions can lead to lack of involvement with the real world. Her characters are, as always, complex. She points out that individual people are more unique than any philosophy or social science dreams of. Her books are all worth reading, and this is one of her best.


    2. Absolutely wonderful. A stunning novel. `The Philosopher's Pupil' is a Dante-esque tale of love - in which numerous types of love are evoked, from dishonest to honourable, self-defeating to masochistic, platonic to deviant, and never ever simply just one type at any one time - that is set in Ennistone, a town renowned for its natural hot water springs/baths, and also filled to the brim with the heat of gossip, anger, passions, and small-minded mischief makers. But this review is not about the pl [...]


    3. Very mixed feelings about this one. If I promise a proper review later, that probably won't happen. Whatever I'm going to say, I have to say now. I appreciated the depth and variety of characterization here, but felt the writing was pretty heavy-handed. Interesting meditations on God, philosophy, psychology. It really was the narrative voice that bothered me. It is very much a conceit here. The narrator introduces himself, calls himself N, names the whole town after himself (Ennistone - ha ha), [...]


    4. This review is from a reread, a strange trip back to the 1980s. The passages I loved are still there. I had forgotten about Adam and his dog Zed and that came as a pleasant surprise. And the Spa and the Slipper House are still a pleasure. But this time I was annoyed by George, the Philosopher's Pupil himself. This badly behaving male is a constant recurring character in Murdoch. When I first read this book I think it was the first time I had come across him and I was charmed. Now, references to [...]


    5. In this one the power of the Dark Lord (one theme in Murdoch is a magnetic character) is not erotic but intellectual. Is there any more miserable creature in the world than a rejected graduate student? Like an abandoned child endlessly searching for his father's approval, the philosopher's pupil seeks for the formula that will unlock the Great Philosopher's treasury of blessings (which as only the reader can see, may not exist). Why Murdoch chose to set this story perched over the monstrous and [...]


    6. i officially adore iris murdoch. the characters she creates are excellent examinations of human nature. i find myself identifying with almost all of them, both those i root for and those i despise. again, i love that the setting itself is often a character. and add overt (if limited) examination of philosophy to the wonderful job she already does? irresistible. there's also good potential for comparative essays between this work and crime and punishment (george) and les miserables (john robert a [...]


    7. Everything a novel should be. I love the way she takes you inside each of the characters thoughts, and that the setting and people are given time to breathe, to really come alive. When the actual plot does take off though (after about page 300) things seem to happen fast. A real joy, I didn't want to finish it.


    8. I knew Iris Murdoch was a writed with phenomenal power in explaining and expressing human typology. I had, though, no idea her books could be so powerful."The Philosopher's Pupil" surprised me in many ways, but the best thing about it were by far the characters. Usually, my rating for a book is by how good the action/plot was. In this book, I had to change my ways. Loved loved loved the characters. I especially enjoyed Tom, George and Diane, even though they were not the only ones to be preseten [...]


    9. Fascinating and absurdly comedic. The beginning of the book was slow as Murdoch spent considerable time describing the setting. The book's pace then moves to break-neck speed. The language, characters, and pacing of this book were unlike any other I've read. A look at individuals' images of others, themselves, and their place in the world. Very curious and enjoyable and makes me want to read more Murdoch. This book would make excellent fodder for a book group - especially as I am sure that witho [...]


    10. This book quickly rose to becoming one of my favourites over the course of my perusal. I saw that one of the characters in another one of the (Russian, I think) novels I was reading was reading an Iris Murdoch novel, so I picked this one up to understand the mindset the author was trying to convey. Oh wow.This is one of those books that demand your thought far away from the text. The intricacies of the relations between the characters fascinated me.Funny the way people can be.


    11. Interesting narrative overlaid with philosophical commentary. This is not a book for those who do not enjoy the discussion of ideas; but if you do enjoy fiction interlaced with philosophy this book should be on your list. It is not surprising that the author, Iris Murdoch, was an academic philosopher before she was a novelist.


    12. a brilliant mind with so much to say. i'm just not sure the novel was the best vehicle for her formidable ideas. the flow at times of this book was disrupted for me by tedium and heavy-handedness. i would would have thought essays might have provided a freer medium for her curiosity and finely honed intelligence.


    13. I'm a diehard Murdoch fan, and couldn't really get into this - ended up actually skimming through pages, which I've never done, ever with one of her novels. I'm filing this under Return To for a re-read, because it may be a case of Iris dear, it's me, not you.



    14. I did much of this yesterday, lost to , which flickers. It's the narrator says he knows 'Delphi is empty.' It is. The gods might as well be in Britain. The author's playful, 'If George was in a novel he would be a comic character.' He's not. His use of the term 'semi-conscious will' indicates he knows nothing of the unconscious will as distinct from that of conscious will which, left to itself, acts immaterially eg choosing one toothpaste over another and is if ignorantly informed by the unconsc [...]


    15. Где-то​ на 3,5. Довольно странное впечатление от книги. С одной стороны, ощущение, что я так и не поняла, зачем всё это было, и в то же время я не могла бросить читать: что-то завораживающее и притягательное было во всём этом болезненном абсурде.


    16. Mesmerising, extraordinary, absolutely beautiful.'There is no beyond, there is only here, the infinitely small, infinitely great and utterly demanding present'.So worth reading.


    17. Contains SpoilersThe Philosopher's pupil starts with a furious chat between George McCaffrey and his wife Stella Henriques. Following the discussion we have the clear idea That George is a womanizer, he hates the women, and he is suffering so tremendously That Father Bernad Jacoby wants to help him.The dilemma is to understand if this accident was a dream of George or he has tried to kill her wife.After some pages we see That there is a strong contrast between George and John Robert Rozanov, the [...]


    18. Good story. With all the agonizing, over-thinking and mental turmoil, this could have been a Russian novel. George and John Robert, especially, would have been right at home in the Karamozovs' neighborhood. Except there was more or less a happy ending.


    19. The greatest shortcoming of this book is its terrible lack of ECONOMY. I have to confess to a morbid fascination with it, even though there is much to detest about Murdoch's style, her content and especially her characters. The only saving grace I've discovered in this collection of unpleasant people is their vaunted cleverness -- which renders them even more abhorrent. And there are so damn MANY of them: Murdoch gleefully explores the entire family history of each resident of her screwball imag [...]


    20. What I loved best about this book was Murdoch's depiction of the strange balancing between George and Rozanov; George ramming himself against the philosopher in order to provoke a reaction and gain validation for himself; Rozanov's refusal to bite. I've been on George's end of the stick and I so appreciated how Murdoch got it, and layed it out for the reader.I didn't understand the power that Rozanov held over everyone he met.I was glad of her character choice for the obligatory death; happy wit [...]


    21. Of all the Iris murdoch novels I have tackled during our murdoch a month challenge, this is one of only about 3 or 4 I had read before - although I had absolutely no memory of it either before or while I read it this time. I can't say it is my favourite - or anyway near to being a favourite Murdoch, but it was enjoyable, and at times, really quite a page turner. I thought John Robert to be absolutely the vilest of her characters so far - except for maybe Julius in A Fairy Honourable defeat - the [...]


    22. What an impressive book. In short it's about love, religion, philosophy and relationships.There's a lot of back story and very detailed character descriptions. It takes about 100 pages to set the scene, but if you're willing to make the effort you will be amply rewarded. The characters are all complex people who seem to be at a stage where they've mislaid their lives and can't seem to move on. They are not who they want to be. Only Tom is happy, but he does get lost as the book progresses.Really [...]


    23. This has been my first revisit to an author I was mildly obsessed with about 20 years ago. I must have read it at the time, but interestingly had not the faintest recollection of anything about this book. To read it in my 40s made me wonder what on earth I made of it in my 20s. Characters who must have seemed wildly exaggerated inventions now exhibit all sorts of recognisable traits, and elicit sympathy as much as horror. I found the evocation of a small town community amusing, but as always wit [...]


    24. I think this is the first Iris Murdoch book that I didn't just thoroughly enjoy reading. Story was of a series of families in this one little town with a hot springs that is the local gossiping joint. There are many main characters: the famous philosopher and his young adult grand-daughter. The the McCaffrey's: matriarch Alex, sons George & Brian and 'stepson' Tom, and their spouses, servents, mistress and friends. In the typical Murdoch way, they all tangle with each other and the story mil [...]


    25. Слухала аудіокнижку. Спочатку я думала полишити цей роман, бо вже була пересвідчилася, що ім'я Мердок незаслужено роздмухане, ці численні літературні премії і слава, а окрім яскравого початку роману мене дуже дого нічого не чіпляло. От хіба що деталізовані історичні екскур [...]


    26. Murdoch's characters are always weird, otherly thoughtful (or thoughtless), and have a penchant for doing things even real people could hardly even THINK of doing. And yet everything is plausible in a Murdoch novel. Her prose is brilliant, her dialogue is infectiously funny, and this story pulls you in five directions before pushing you off a cliff. Simply a lovely book.###What Beauty is my newest novel, a story of art, obsession and ego. The Village Wit (2010) is a humorous and sometimes dark o [...]



    27. How to explain why I love reading Iris Murdoch. The plot is, as usual, unusual, but not wildly exciting (I dislike wildly exciting plots anyway, distracts me from the writing, which if good, I like to take slowly and allow myself time to savour the delicious bits). I am always left with the feeling, after reading one of her books, that it would be wonderful to study philopophy, perhaps learn to 'think' more effectively. Why can't we take 'thinking' lessons the way we can enrol with a teacher for [...]


    28. I first read this wonderful book thirty years ago, when I was young and impressionable. Age and time have done nothing to diminish its power or reduce its entertainment value. Like all Murdoch's best novels, it is fun to read. She has a terrific droll sense of comedy, and some of her pen portraits are wickedly adroit. Above all her masterly control of pace and plotting, together with a seemingly limitless imagination and descriptive gift, combine to make reading this novel, which I place among h [...]


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