Oameni buni şi oameni de bine

Oameni buni şi oameni de bine[Epub] ➢ Oameni buni şi oameni de bine ➣ Iris Murdoch – Oaklandjobs.co.uk Oameni buni si oameni de bine este unul dintre romanele cele mai dinamice si mai captivante ale autoarei folosind ca pretext o trama politista, cu accente gotice, romanciera pune in scena o intreaga l Oameni buni si oameni de şi oameni PDF É bine este unul dintre romanele cele mai dinamice si mai captivante ale autoarei folosind ca pretext o trama politista, cu accente gotice, romanciera pune in scena o intreaga lume, cu personaje dintre cele mai diverse Sinuciderea misterioasa a unui inalt functionar guvernamental pasionat de magia neagra declanseaza o ancheta interna, cu care este insarcinat protagonistul cartii, John Ducane Dar, pe masura ce si desfasoara investigatia, acesta descopera totodata viata ascunsa a apropiatilor sai santaj, frustrari adolescentine, obsesii erotice, iubiri nemarturisite In universul Oameni buni Epub / construit de Iris Murdoch, valori individuale fundamentale precum iubirea sau prietenia se confrunta cu valorile morale ale societatii legea, dreptatea, ordinea Cu slabiciunile si pacatele lor, dar si cu puterea de a iubi si de a se sacrifica. Much of the drama and action takes place in a beach house on the Dorset coast A married couple with kids and several other unrelated people all live together because the woman of the house takes people in who are lost or need a place and makes them family An uncle lives in the house and in an outbuilding, another man lives who was released after the war from Dachau concentration camp All these quirky personalities, and those of cooks and maids, bounce off each other within a lot of household Much of the drama and action takes place in a beach house on the Dorset coast A married couple with kids and several other unrelated people all live together because the woman of the house takes people in who are lost or need a place and makes them family An uncle lives in the house and in an outbuilding, another man lives who was released after the war from Dachau concentration camp All these quirky personalities, and those of cooks and maids, bounce off each other within a lot of household hustle and bustle With three women in the house as well as female children, the main character calls home his harem The crowded beach house setting reminds me quite a bit of Virginia Woolf s novel To the Lighthouse The main theme of the book seems to be can we make ourselves morally better The main character prides himself on being a good person and bases his actions on what is the RIGHT thing to do You know what they say about good intentions So the author puts Mr Righteous in the unfortunate position of being in love with a married woman And she kind of loves him too Their solution is to hang out together as much a possible there s no sex but they meet in the woods and exchangeor less chaste kisses How long can this go on Meanwhile his other moral dilemma is breaking up with a woman friend in whom he has lost interest But she s madly in love with him So he kind of partially breaks up with her, seeing her once a week So this becomes a disastrous situation as you can imagine Another major character is set up as the opposite of the main character He s not only someone no one likes but he s into demonic activities He dresses in priest s robes, holds black masses over nude women s bodies and sacrifices pigeons.Like other Murdoch novels critics have complained of her bizarre plot twists we have a suicide or maybe a murder and possible drownings A hazard of beach houses The novel opens with a gunshot It looks like an office worker has committed suicide and the main character is put in charge of the investigation to keep it out of the press Another character tries to blackmail several others Snippets I liked We ve got to simplify things One has got to simplify one s life I don t see why Suppose life just isn t simple Well, it ought to be A boring character the uncle attracts no notice from others this lack of interest seemed to be caused in some positive way by Theo himself, as if he sent out rays which paralyzed other people s concern about him It was like a faculty of becoming invisible as when someone said There was nobody there Oh well, yes, Theo was there Kate, eternally and unreflectively happy herself, made Mary want happiness and startled her, by a sort of electrical contact, into the hope of it Chance is really harder to bear than mortality I enjoyed the story not her best novel, but a good read I just don t know what it is with Iris Murdoch novels I simply can t tell them apart And I can t explain why She s smart She writes well I like her, and I ve read most of her books I ve got a good memory, and I can usually do this kind of thing For example, I generally find it quite easy to say which Bond film a given incident belongs to But Iris Murdoch Sorry.It s not just me either I recall this incident at a party in Manchester, some time in the winter of 1977 I d just gone through I just don t know what it is with Iris Murdoch novels I simply can t tell them apart And I can t explain why She s smart She writes well I like her, and I ve read most of her books I ve got a good memory, and I can usually do this kind of thing For example, I generally find it quite easy to say which Bond film a given incident belongs to But Iris Murdoch Sorry.It s not just me either I recall this incident at a party in Manchester, some time in the winter of 1977 I d just gone through a phase of reading a lot of Murdoch, so it was all fresh in my memory I was talking to this girl, that I d just met and rather liked She seemed to like me She d also read a lot of Murdoch We had every reason to use our memories of Murdoch novels to deepen our new friendship.And yet neither of us could remember a damn thing about them Have you read The Nice and the Good I asked, or whichever novel it was Oh, is that the one with the blackmailer she replied Damn I couldn t remember And neither could she We tried several times, and it was always the same We felt like idiots, and our relationship was over before it had even started.But, don t get me wrong I m not blaming Iris It s my fault, not hers This book made me ponder on the notions of nice and good One could easily say that they are interchangeable without thinking very deeply about them But are they really Does being good also imply being nice and the other way around If I check the dictionary, nice means pleasing, agreeable, delightful, but also showing tact, care or delicacy So, being nice is mostly a show off, it is a way of making the others like you, it is a show one puts up for someone else s eyes Good, on the other h This book made me ponder on the notions of nice and good One could easily say that they are interchangeable without thinking very deeply about them But are they really Does being good also imply being nice and the other way around If I check the dictionary, nice means pleasing, agreeable, delightful, but also showing tact, care or delicacy So, being nice is mostly a show off, it is a way of making the others like you, it is a show one puts up for someone else s eyes Good, on the other hand, means morally excellent, righteous, of high quality, therefore an intrinsic quality that one has or does not have One can be good at heart and not seem particularly nice to others as one might not correspond to what the social boundaries make people accustomed to Nice is a decision, while good comes from the heart.Murdoch illustrates the concepts of nice and good in a very humorous and witty manner I don t remember the exact plotline from A Midsummer Night s Dream , but while reading this book, I constantly thought of it, although I don t think there are other connections between the two works of literature other than the humorous tone maybe I have not investigated this further to see whether or not I am right The mise en scene is however done as intelligently as in the above mentioned Shakespearian comedy I enjoyed reading this book, every bit of it is really well written and even though the ending is too conventional for my taste and maybe a bit too abrupt, it doesn t manage to spoil the quality of what happened within the novel.There are many characters I literally took notes on the first two chapters or three of the book so as to make sure that I could keep up with the abundance of characters that Murdoch was introducing me to and there are, of course, far fetched happenings that they are involved in this time magic Relationships are dissected, psyches are explored, the story is a bit eccentric but this is so typical of Murdoch s style and again, this does not spoil the experience of reading any of her books , whomever seems good at first proves to be only nice and whomever seems not to fall within the social standards proves to be genuinely good Well, I don t want to add any spoilers to my review, but Murdoch s conclusions make one think and understand the two concepts of nice and good for what they really are.I ended this book wondering is being surrounded by genuinely good people desirable or is it preferable being surrounded by nice people Good people might say truths that are hard to take, while nice people would go to any trouble to avoid the thruth in order for others to think them nice I, for one, prefer the good people Which ones do you prefer Well, the boundaries between the two categories might seem really fuzzy if not explored in depth and Murdoch does an excellent job of delineating them through her story and choice of characters.One of the quotes I really liked from the bookThere are mysterious agencies of the human mind which, like roving gases, travel the world, causing pain and mutilation, without their owners having any full awareness, or even any awareness at all, of the strength and the whereabouts of these exhalations So it is that we can be terrors to each other, and people in lonely rooms suffer humiliation and even damage because of others in whose consciousness perhaps they scarcely figure at allThe enhanced version of this review can be found here 3.5 Iris Murdoch s eleventh novel starts with a bang civil servant Joseph Radeechy has shot himself at the office, leaving Octavian Gray and Richard Biranne to deal with the fallout The incident delays Octavian s departure for idyllic Dorset, where he and his wife Kate live in community with various hangers on Mary Clothier and her son Pierce Biranne s ex, Paula, and their twins and the Grays daughter, Barbara, whenever she s home from her Swiss boarding school I loved the initial intro 3.5 Iris Murdoch s eleventh novel starts with a bang civil servant Joseph Radeechy has shot himself at the office, leaving Octavian Gray and Richard Biranne to deal with the fallout The incident delays Octavian s departure for idyllic Dorset, where he and his wife Kate live in community with various hangers on Mary Clothier and her son Pierce Biranne s ex, Paula, and their twins and the Grays daughter, Barbara, whenever she s home from her Swiss boarding school I loved the initial introduction to a household so full of joyful bustle, the witty dialogue of children and servants, and a memorable dog and cat It s a hot summer and there are games and jaunts down to the rocky beach and an abandoned graveyard.Gradually the focus shifts to would be judge John Ducane, the legal advisor to Octavian s department Like the narrator of A Severed Head, he s just breaking off an affair with a younger woman He s decided he s in love with Kate, with whom he shares an occasional kiss Octavian knows all about this and finds it amusing I thought of him and Kate as the Oberon and Titania of their enchanted pastoral world, presiding in lordly yet playful ways over the other mortals romantic entanglements Midsummer madness, John remarks at one point Again as in A Severed Head, it seems everyone s infatuated with everyone else, in different ways and at different times A distinction is often drawn between loving and being in love the two do not always coexist.Ducane helps the department look into Radeechy s death in hopes of avoiding a public enquiry It seems the man was involved in some bizarre stuff witchcraft with prostitutes and was being blackmailed for it However, the city and country divide is stark, and so the investigation never overpowers thelow key interpersonal intrigues down in Dorset There are lots of important though secondary characters in this ensemble cast so many that I struggled to pay attention to all of them Uncle Theo Of these I ll just give a special mention to Holocaust survivor Willy Kost Thankfully, there s a muchpositive vision of Judaism here than in A Severed Head or The Italian Girl.I especially noted and liked the duplicated moments, such as two scenes of women jealously observing other mistresses the instances of dramatic irony and the sequences composed mostly of dialogue e.g., Chapter 40 There s a gripping scene where three characters are stuck in a sea cave due to a rising tide, and the book ends on what seems to be a sighting of a flying saucer You also have to love the late lion and lamb moment of Montrose the cat and Mingo the dog curling up in a basket together.I kept looking back to the title and asking myself who is really good here and what the real value of being nice is Murdoch pardons Radeechy s peculiar behavior as minor evil at most, while Willy s experience in Dachau is surely the clearest example of human evil at work Ducane s so nice He s so good The point is that nothing matters except loving what is good Not to look at evil but to look at good Meanwhile, there are brief mentions of goodness as a state of mind or a matter of personality in order to become good it may be necessary to imagine oneself good, and yet such imagining may also be the very thing which renders improvement impossible I think being good is just a matter of temperament in the end Yes, we shall all be so happy and good too Oh, how utterly marvellous it is to be me That last quote is a glimpse into Kate s thoughts so unrealistically optimistic you have to wonder whether Murdoch is making fun of her And yet Kate is one of the most stable and contented characters.This falls about in the middle of the pack for me in terms of how much I ve enjoyed Murdoch s novels There s a lot going on, perhaps too much, and the reader s sympathy is spread thin across so many characters Still, it s summery, light hearted fare that manages to also hint at deeper ethical questions Here s my ranking of the eight I ve read so far Favorite The BellThe Sea, The SeaA Severed HeadThe Nice and the GoodUnder the NetThe Black PrinceThe Italian GirlLeast favorite An Accidental Rose Originally published on my blog, Bookish Beck I tend to like novels which butt the classical spiritual world and its mischievous characters against the modern world as this one does For that reason I knew I d like The Nice and the Good I want to call it a novel of manners it is one of those British novels with a large number of characters gathered at a spacious country house by the sea, though there are sections in London, too But it s an Iris Murdoch novel so there s lots going on besides social comedy and hanky panky there s a suspic I tend to like novels which butt the classical spiritual world and its mischievous characters against the modern world as this one does For that reason I knew I d like The Nice and the Good I want to call it a novel of manners it is one of those British novels with a large number of characters gathered at a spacious country house by the sea, though there are sections in London, too But it s an Iris Murdoch novel so there s lots going on besides social comedy and hanky panky there s a suspicious death, for instance, and the Holocaust hangs over the past As in other novels, she s concerned with the idea of good and how humans attain that quality, here contrasted with the merely nice The template Murdoch uses for her novel is the Agnolo Bronzini painting An Allegory with Venus and Cupid, which depicts time and truth, jealousy, pleasure, and deceit, all of which figure prominently in the novel No doubt because I like a modern setting which blurs into the classical and no doubt because Iris Murdoch, as usual, has written a novel of such generous breadth and intelligence, I think this the best novel I ve read so far this year Is it good to be nice, nice alone, or is it nice to be good Come to think of it, our goodness almost at all times is an action,so a reaction It is for a purpose, it expects, it judges, it is hardly forthcoming and shies away from forgiveness How miraculously difficult it is to be good to someone not so good to you and how difficult it is to be so when one is in control As Murdoch quotes, The only genuine way to be good is to be good for nothing in the midst of a scene where every na Is it good to be nice, nice alone, or is it nice to be good Come to think of it, our goodness almost at all times is an action,so a reaction It is for a purpose, it expects, it judges, it is hardly forthcoming and shies away from forgiveness How miraculously difficult it is to be good to someone not so good to you and how difficult it is to be so when one is in control As Murdoch quotes, The only genuine way to be good is to be good for nothing in the midst of a scene where every natural thing , including one s own mind, is subject to chance, that is, to necessity The good has nothing to do with purpose.The protagonists of The Nice and the Good are lively, except for the dead Radeechy of course, each managing through their intricate lives to communicate to the reader their plights The story begins with the enigmatic suicide of Radeechy, a follower of necromancy and magic This incident drags in John Ducane, a colleague of Radeechy, to investigate and unveil the cause of this suspicious death and to unfold if there isto it Octavian the Head of the Department has assigned this to Ducane Octavian who has herded in his huge place by the sea many friends with broken hearts and broken lives the same Octavian who willingly and uncomplainingly witnesses the infidelity of his wife Kate with Ducane So, in the Trescombe cottage, we have the widowed Mary and her adolescent child Pierce who is madly in love with Barbara, the beautiful lass of Kate and Octavian, and there s the divorced Paula with her twins, Theo, Octavian s brother and Willy Kost, a sufferer of war, a liver in the past than now Each one is fused but their eccentricities mark their individualism and beautifully so It s a story of their discoveries of their own selves, getting rid of the veils of niceness to discover the real good, the good for them.John Ducane is a civil servant of high regard, who his friends and companions look up to, for his goodness, for his righteousness, his truthfulness He unconsciously likes to be in control or rather people who know him place the reigns of their decisions and emotions in his trustworthy hands As Ducane s investigation progresses parallel to the not so eventful happenings at the Trescombe cottage, the lives of the sundry are strewn threadbare by their intimate confessions to Ducane Dark secrets, blackmails and a murder are revealed How much of it can Ducane make visible to others, how much is he ready to Richard Biranne, Paula s divorced husband lies at the mercy of Ducane s decisiveness.How difficult it is to choose right over comfort, over that little safety that everyone invariably desires to hide into, is something that Ducane will have to struggle with to keep his goodness alive How easy it is to plunge into revenge, to shatter lives without a second thought when one is in control and how unmanageable is it to surrender oneself to goodness and protect and let go for the larger good, to see something as na vet and give a second chance Trapped in a cave by the sea to save Pierce from his unwarranted foolishness and almost thrown at the pangs of death, Ducane s conscience makes some discoveries Will Ducane succeed in sustaining his rightfulness To not realize love can well be termed as the ignorance of the mind than the heart but to suppress it is a crime The characters in this story, and quite a few at that, ruefully and in some cases compromisingly bind themselves to what they think are the obvious loves of their lives only to chaotically discover ultimately by the melancholic yet loud thundering of the right chords of their hearts that they have been strumming the wrong strings all this time and the symphony of mutuality lies somewhere else, with someone else While the act of forgiveness is almost a myth in real life, it isn t in Iris Murdoch s story as at the very end everything and everyone falls in place and is on the verge of leading their and they lived happily lives Wish this resembled vividly to us puppets in real life too as we strain to comprehend our mere existence and the glories in the pain that we undergo to find true love and then sustain it.The author writes in a simple manner and yet it has an enchanting effect Not for a single instance, did I feel weary of any of the characters and their endless confusing emotions The multitude of characters reminded me though of David Lodge s Small World , since, like here, his stories also end in All s well, that ends well , amidst a lot of confusion though A few days back, out of the blue, I saw a thick rainbow in the sky Literally out of the blue It was drizzling and the sky was a messy gray and then suddenly as I chanced to look out of the unclear glass window, a clearing blue appeared and then there it was, emanating from a tall concrete rise, this amative merging blue, cushioned between the consummating violet, indigo and the other colors of the palette that concluded it It reminded me of being in love, of a soothing gentleness, of happiness That s the goodness of nature It surprises and amazes Without a reason, without a purpose I m an Iris Murdoch sycophant so there s almost no reason to write a review The Nice and The Good stands with her best, another novel about the British middle classes in the 70s, this with some political intrigue, mysterious cults, and many affairs But, like many of her books, it s about loneliness, relationships, and in this case childhood Iris exquisitely defines each character and relationship, and she loves relationships in transition She s sometimes described as cold hearted but I think I m an Iris Murdoch sycophant so there s almost no reason to write a review The Nice and The Good stands with her best, another novel about the British middle classes in the 70s, this with some political intrigue, mysterious cults, and many affairs But, like many of her books, it s about loneliness, relationships, and in this case childhood Iris exquisitely defines each character and relationship, and she loves relationships in transition She s sometimes described as cold hearted but I think she s just into the absurdity, the emotional brutality and of course the uncertainty all inherent to love affairs This is, as Murdoch books go, on the fun side and at times absurdly hilarious She is so good A head of department, working quietly in his room in Whitehall on a summer afternoon, is not accustomed to being disturbed by the nearby and indubitable sound of a revolver shotThe Nice and the Good rewards Attention And Attention here is not the fixation on story specifics that foretell the action or outome there ishere than Shakespearean abundance in figures and forms For Murdoch, and I ve said this previously or a good reading of her essays might show, Attention is something lA head of department, working quietly in his room in Whitehall on a summer afternoon, is not accustomed to being disturbed by the nearby and indubitable sound of a revolver shotThe Nice and the Good rewards Attention And Attention here is not the fixation on story specifics that foretell the action or outome there ishere than Shakespearean abundance in figures and forms For Murdoch, and I ve said this previously or a good reading of her essays might show, Attention is something like an indispensable concept to art and moral philosophy instead of the will, central to Murdoch s picture of the moral agent is a loving gaze that pictures the individual accurately, justly and lovingly Adequate regard might note in this book the theatrical spirit some two characters have in common whom otherwise appear opposites, or thatthan the Nice and the Good there is talk of Void I could suggest that there isin Pride and Prejudice than pride and prejudice and the parallel would be obvious So I also quote Charles Taylor with my emphasis in italics I cannot pretend to give an account of Iris Murdoch s contribution to moral philosophy, much less sum it up or give some verdict on it Her contribution is much too rich, and we are much too close to it Very much enjoyed reading this novel It makes you root for many of the protagonists I just wished the ending was not so neatly tied up. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here Theo had begun to glimpse the distance which separates the nice from the good, and the vision of this gap had terrified his soul.Here, on the second page from the end, is the sentence which really sums up the whole book Throughout, we see characters trying to be good yet feeling unfulfilled, and characters trying to be nice and failing to be good Set against the backdrop of a Whitehall thriller, mixed in with murder and the occult, you have The Nice and the Good.The message is not perhap Theo had begun to glimpse the distance which separates the nice from the good, and the vision of this gap had terrified his soul.Here, on the second page from the end, is the sentence which really sums up the whole book Throughout, we see characters trying to be good yet feeling unfulfilled, and characters trying to be nice and failing to be good Set against the backdrop of a Whitehall thriller, mixed in with murder and the occult, you have The Nice and the Good.The message is not perhaps particularly inflammatory, yet what Iris Murdoch does is to highlight a group of people and explore how each individual struggles with the conundrum of being nice or good Some choose to be simply nice entertaining, pleasant company but ultimately shallow and self centered while others attempt to be good Often they fail, and suffer in the attempt, but they come across ultimately as muchsympathetic All the characters, over, are fully formed and believable people Even the dog and the cat have distinct personalities.I would definitely read this book again and recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading It is not too hard a read, nor is it swamped by its message, but it remains with you long after the last page