The Unicorn

The Unicorn

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by Iris Murdoch
     
 

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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

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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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“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101494240
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
01/06/1987
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
694,424
File size:
287 KB

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From the Publisher
“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

Meet the Author

Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She is the author of 26 novels and several works of philosophy. Among her many honours and awards are the CBE, the DBE, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Whitbread Literary Award and the Booker Prize. She died in 1999.

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Unicorn 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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A decent offering standing on its own but lacks the intensity and overall depth of other Murdoch writings. For a fan it is a must. 1st time Murdoch readers would be better served reading The Green Knight or the Black Prince. The 3 stars I give this title are based on my expectations of Murdoch's genius. You can't always write your best novel now can you.