Bruno's Dream

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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 w

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  • Hardcover
  • 302 pages
  • Bruno's Dream
  • Iris Murdoch
  • Latvian
  • 10 October 2018
  • 9789984378374

10 thoughts on “Bruno's Dream

  1. says:

    Now is the Season of Our Discount Tents Bruno s Dream is a Shakespearean comedic send up of old age and death If the Desert Island Disks choice were between Lear and Measure for Measure, I d go for the Duke not the King So, I think, would Murdoch Less pomposity grit.Bruno is in any case Shakespearean as a character In his eighties, he is not simply a failure, he is an epic failure as my 11 year old granddaughter would express it Every one of his important relationships are bust because of, he thinks, trivial faux pas Like the affair with the gold digger, and the unfortunate racial slur about his daughter in law He s understanding about those affected who just don t get what is going on Of course they all caused him pain, all the time, they just could not help it His regrets are merely that things are past, not that they happened, The women were all young while he aged like Tithonus referencing Midsummer Night s Dream No reason for despair though Better communication can fix things up just fine.The detail of aged concerns is priceless in Murdoch s descriptions For example in Bruno s preparations for his trip to the toilet Of course it wasn t absolutely necessary to put on the dressing gown now that it wasn t winter any , but it represented a challenge It was quite easy, really The left hand held the bed post while the right lifted down the dressing gown and with the same movement slid itself a little into the right sleeve The right hand lifted on high, the sleeve runs down the arm Then the right hand rests flat against the door a little above shoulder height, while the left leaves the bed post and darts into the left arm hole If the left is not quick enough the dressing gown falls away toward the floor, hanging from the right shoulder It then has to be slowly relinquished and left lying There was no getting anything up off the floor My own routine for putting on trousers in the morning is similar.Bruno s only interests are stamps and spiders, and he smells, but he has one great end of life desire, when you re my age there s not much left except you want to be loved The mystical Puck like Nigel, who exists to be imposed upon is Bruno s primary caretaker Nigel is or less mad but is the only person who is unselfishly devoted to Bruno Nigel is twin to Will, a handyman pornographer actor How absolute the knave is he quotes of himself from Hamlet The stage is set therefore for some Comedy of Errors, farcical confusion Adelaide, the housekeeper, is cousin to the twins and lover of the caddish Danby, Bruno s son in law Danby is heir presumptive unless Miles, Bruno s son and unsuccessful poet and middling civil servant, becomes un estranged Miles s wife Diana, the bored middle class housewife, completes the cast All the characters have somehow missed the bus of life The plot has its own momentum from this set of relationships For Nigel real worship involves waiting For everyone else there is ritual in love affairs, personal confession, marital deception, curmudgeonly ire, apology, the resentful anger of loved spurned, all the little set piece battles of English s All these rituals are played out in the face of death, imminent or not Death contradicts ownership and self If only one knew that all along, says one of the cast And yet It was a mere convention after all that one ought to be on good terms with one s son or father Sons and fathers were individuals and should be paid the compliment of being treated as such Why should they not have the privilege, possessed by other and unrelated persons, of drifting painlessly apart If ritual is what constitutes love, can it bring any consolation at all when death is taken seriously Ritual and duty have an odd relationship Duties demand ritual the male works, the female keeps house religious obligations are fulfilled through liturgical group actions condolences are offered through rote ceremonies and phrases seasonal gifts are exchanged But it s as if ritual is required to undermine ritual when duties are to be ignored the seduction flirtation game the routines of civil religion the legal rituals of divorce Is love a duty A mere duty Does ritual promote or destroy love My take on Murdoch is that this is her point in Bruno s Dream She has some interesting suggestions.

  2. says:

    Man is a fairly predictable animal.If we reflect on ourselves over a lifetime, it seems we exist in a loop New Year s resolutions Ha.But the thread of who we were at six years old appears to last as long as we do And yes, this speculation is not unique The same sentiment has been observed long before Adam no, but that does not make sense and has been reported to us by various cogent minds.I seem to tread where smart Irish people go And I do not know why It is organic for me, not contrived or intended It just happens Over and over Toss a brogue on the lawn and I will fetch it Wrap it up in a female from Cork and I am suddenly powerless I tacitly submit.In fact, I know of three young ladies, I can never stop thinking of them, who are, naturally, half Irish The other half Descendants of Moishe or Schmuley, the Baal Shem Tov or Jack Benny My thought is this ish and ish go together just like corned beef and cabbage, on rye with lots of mustard.Iris surely can fill up a page with words Lots of pages I say banana and she says, the golden yellow fruit that has not yet succumbed to the earth from where it originated and is a favorite of a particular group of simians and is high in potassium, continuously sung by Harry Belafonte Day o, me say day o.Anyway, what has this to do with Bruno Who knows Occam s razor It seems to me that what this fine writer intended to impart was that we are all about ourselves And about perceptions and misperceptions Being human.And if I am wrong So what I live in Pogonip, south or north of Clueless.Iris Murdoch wrote an interesting if not a somewhat prolix tale.

  3. says:

    guardarlo fiorire, come un figlioLeggendo il libro si ha l impressione che l autrice si sia divertita molto a scriverlo Si tratta di una commedia morale nella quale l autrice si prende gioco in ugual misura dei personaggi, che sono trascinati a fare cose mediamente assurde, e dei lettori che increduli assistono, irretiti dalla narrazione brillante Un uomo anziano e prossimo alla morte il singolare nucleo di aggregazione di un gruppo di persone che lo assistono e lo intrattengono Sembra che la sua vitalit si riversi in loro, che intrecciano relazioni come ghirlande I personaggi sono spesso figure antitetiche, come il figlio e il genero di Bruno il primo un poeta serioso e permaloso, non va a trovare il padre da vent anni per un frase buttata l il genero, uomo generoso e amante del piacere, vive col suocero e lo assiste con affetto Ci sono due fratelli, uno saggio e riflessivo, l altro impulsivo e violento e due sorelle, una spirituale, l altra pi mondana Tutti a un certo punto si credono profondamente innamorati per la prima volta nella loro vita e non pensano ad altro per poi, nel giro di poco, passare a un altro componente del gruppo Il personaggio che svela il pensiero dell autrice Nigel, l infermiere di Bruno, una persona leggiadra caprioleggiante dedita alla meditazione e dotato di buon senso Consola i disperati e spiega loro che non ha senso soffrire per a se non si ricambiati bisogna distaccarsi dall idea del possesso e volere il bene dell altro, guardandolo fiorire, come un figlio Sullo sfondo del romanzo si sente la presenza fluente del Tamigi che infine silenziosamente invade la scena, straripando e coprendo tutto di fango.

  4. says:

    A book that centers on an old man was always going to be one I was predisposed to like yet in the initial chapters of Bruno s Dream I wasn t particularly drawn in and after reading the third chapter involving Nigel, I was distinctly concerned this book was going to go somewhere I didn t want to follow There are echoes of An Unofficial Rose in this one with its themes of unrequited love and past tragedies and that isn t one of my favorites of Murdoch s novels There are also reminders of A Severed Head, which is one of my favorites yet even though there is the same ridiculousness in the love triangles and affairs and mild stalking that goes on, this one doesn t have the humor of that one and there is an element of poignancy, particularly in the final chapters, that made this book rank far higher than expected.Bruno is actually in the background for a lot of the book and the novel instead focuses on Danby, his son in law and the others who care for Bruno, Adelaide the maid and Nigel who is, and remains, an enigma for the whole book There is then Miles, Bruno s son, Diana, Miles wife and Lisa her sister as well as Will, Nigel s twin who rounds out the cast of characters The book is ostensibly about how these seven people oscillate around one another and around Bruno in the streets of London, for this is very much a London book The homes of Danby and Miles are described beautifully and in contrast to one another while the looming power station across the water from Bruno s room and the Thames below feel like an ominous river Styx and a dark watcher, waiting for Bruno to die The incessant rain adds to this mood, a rain that by the end of the book has finally stopped.As always with Iris Murdoch novels, many of the characters are either dislikable, melancholic or on the kooky side but in this one, most manage to elicit sympathy in one way or another, although the violent Will with his Hitler like mustache might be pushing it The book is filled with sadness and tragedy, some in the present in unrequited love and mental abuse but primarily in the past and amongst the relationship drama and Shakespearean mistaken love and identity, there is this sense of coming to terms with what has been lost Bruno himself, stuck in his room constantly thinks about the past and about dying, how life is the dream and death is the reality.The relationship drama can feel over the top with middle class woes that are exaggerated but unlike A Severed Head, this one gets to the heart of things, it goes beyond the affairs and wise cracks It looks at love, dying and familial relationships while Murdoch s philosophical leanings shine through on occasion and her wonderful writing creates scenes that stick in the brain whether ridiculous or sublime Some Favorite lines There was the general restless itching aching unease of the body which could find no rest now and to which even sleep came like an anxious cloud trailing its twilight over tense knotted limbs The spider spins its web, it can no other I spin out my consciousness, this compulsive chatterer, this idle rambling voice that will so soon be mute But it s all a dream Reality is too hard I have lived my life in a dream and it is too late to wake up How strange it was that when almost all the other functions of the body had dwindled and fallen away into the hand of nature the eyes had not surrendered their mysterious power to manufacture tears

  5. says:

    If your primary emotional reaction to a book is that you find you want to beat the author about the head and neck with a dead possum wearing elbow length rubber gloves to avoid getting dead possum juice on yourself, while spraying it all over the author , is that a good enough reason to stop reading I think Iris Murdoch is just not my kind of author, the way gin and tonics are not my kind of beverage.Stopping at p 77, I have the sneaking suspicion that the worst parts of the novel are ahead of me Prior to p 77, it was annoying enough that Murdoch switched to the present tense for one character only Nigel who apparently is some kind of lunatic I don t do present tense So when you re slogging along in the past tense and the fact that the book is written in the past tense is the only thing allowing you to move forward and suddenly crazy Nigel surfaces, it is a bridge too far.Also I can only tolerate the word counterpane so much in a novel Once is really too much.

  6. says:

    Honestly, I still don t know what to make of this book, but here are some thought provoking quotes I d like to share with you It was a mere convention after all that one ought to be on good terms with one s son or father Sons and fathers were individuals and should be paid the compliment of being treated as such Why should they not have the privilege, possessed by other and unrelated persons, of drifting painlessly apart I suppose one is like what one loves Or one loves what one is like All Gods are private Gods How happy are those who believe that they can pray and be helped, or even, without being helped, be listened to If there really existed an all wise intelligence before which he could lay the present tangle, even if that intelligence held its peace, the knowledge that the right solution somewhere existed would soothe the nerves You see, I d like to know what I m like Perhaps there isn t such thing, Bruno I want to get it into focus, what I really feel about it all One doesn t necessarily feel anything clear at all about the past One is such a jumbled thing oneself If only there were not these vain ghostly hopes, these sudden inane shadows of possibilities , these unfulfilled conditionals of hopeless desire It is a weird thought that anyone is permitted to love anyone and in any way he pleases Anything can happen, so that in a way, a terrible terrible way, there are no impossibilities Major themes Eros Thanatos very Murdochian

  7. says:

    What a beautiful novel The topic seems like it would not be that interesting, but I wanted to read Iris Murdoch and so thought I would dive into this one My favorite so far Bruno and his circle of family and acquaintances all interact in unexpected ways and their relationships by the end of the book have been transformed from the beginning The characters are interesting and real She is artful in her foreshadowing and dialogue Her philosophical bent comes through in an enjoyable manner I highly recommend this book I didn t want it to end.

  8. says:

    4.5 5 stars I liked Bruno s Dream but it s not my favorite of Murdoch s books I haven t read the sea yet but this is the second of her books where I ve noticed that water plays a big part or major metaphor Per the brief bio at the end of the book Murdoch and her husband Bailey loved swimming so I m assuming that s one reason why water is significant to her Love her intellectual dexterity and her use of philosophy.

  9. says:

    4 Living on Paper Letters from Iris Murdoch, 1934 19955 Iris A Memoir of Iris Murdoch5 Iris Murdoch Dream Girl4 A Severed Head4 The Sea, the Sea4 The Black Prince4 The Bell3 Under the Net4 The Sandcastle3 The Italian GirlTR The Sacred and Profane Love MachineTR A Fairly Honourable DefeatTR The Nice and the GoodTR The Philosopher s PupilTR Bruno s DreamTR The Good ApprenticeTR The Red and the Green

  10. says:

    I would say this book read like an opera but the truth is that it read like a poorly written soap opera Everyone falls in love with everyone Perhaps some sort attempt at exploring the complex nature of love It started strong, quickly became uninteresting, and never recovered.

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