Amigos y amantes by Iris Murdoch

By Iris Murdoch

Una novela divertida y profunda a un tiempo, y con un elemento de suspense que explora con maestría los temas que desde siempre han preocupado a los angeles autora: el amor, l. a. amistad y l. a. perversa frontera que separa el bien y el mal.

El eco de un tiro en los despachos de Whitehall, el complejo administrativo que el gobierno inglés posee en el centro de Londres, no anuncia tan solo los angeles extraña muerte de un alto funcionario, sino también el principio de una sutil intriga.

Kate y Octavian, jefe del departamento donde trabajaba el difunto, forman un matrimonio aparentemente feliz que alberga en su casa de Dorset a un extravagante grupo de personajes: un excéntrico tío que abandonó l. a. India bajo sospecha, un atormentado amigo superviviente de Dachau, el abogado responsable del caso y amante platónico de Kate, hijos de distintos matrimonios, conocidos, visitantes ocasionales...

Y todos ellos relacionados de un modo u otro con el muerto en una deliciosa comedia de errores, donde las sonrisas esconden a menudo pecados de mucha hondura.

Reseña:
«Un originalísimo mundo novelístico de una interminable seducción.»
El País

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It is generally supposed that Nightingale had no organic disease. Though from time to time her doctors concurred that she was on the very brink of death she not only lived until the age of ninety, but continued to work indefatigably for, among other things, the reformation of the Royal Army Medical Services in England and then in India. Whatever the actual nature of her physiological condition might have been, and that she felt herself to be suffering is clear, she managed to work for her reformist aims more effectively through her status as perpetual patient than she ever did as physically active nurse and administrator.

Work always loomed ahekd of her, mountains of it, endless labor, endless toil which somehow must be struggled through" (225). All this frantic activity — urgent, momentous, unlimited in scope, incalculable in effect kept her as insulated from the common concerns of life, the dreadful pull of the mundane chores and sapped energies that she associated with the life of the idle and ornamental woman of her class, as did the invalid life in which she immured herself. It is commonly conceded that she became ill in order to work, but there is something to be said for the notion that both the interminable work and the ever-present threat of terminal illness were expressive of a supervening desire for absolute control over the disposition of her own time and body.

The pupils of a mechanics' 42 The sickroom in Victorian fiction institute, "of which he was the patron" (Prologue 6) conduct " strange experiments " on the grounds " so that sport / Went hand in hand with Science" (Prologue: 79, 80). The house and grounds present a graceful and harmonious combination of past eras and styles, and the objects on display there reach back to the "first bones of Time" (Prologue: 15) and extend to the rich spoils of present-day imperialism. The only dissonant note in this otherwise happy medley of diverse people and objects is the indignant protest voiced by Lilia, the daughter of the house, against her brother's assertion that no women of courage and nobility exist in the present era.

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