By Iris Murdoch
A remarkable yet deeply improper guy struggles to earn absolution
Hilary Burde was once a emerging big name in academia till a sad coincidence plunged him and his mentor and rival, Gunnar Jopling, into twenty years of melancholy and guilt. Hilary, not able to beat his discomfort, deserted his promising occupation for an unfulfilling task as a civil servant. yet at age 41, Hilary crosses paths back with Gunnar—initiating a sequence of occasions that might swap their lives forever.
Set opposed to a richly drawn backdrop of post-war London, A be aware Child is a gripping tale of ardour and the redemptive strength of love.
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And all she wants right now is for the world to be the way it was when they were kids, before the simple surface that they knew was stripped away and all the ﬂesh and bones of its metaphysique shown underneath, the rippling sinews of paths twisted out of time and space, the tendons stretching between centuries, the white-bone structures of an eternity jointed, articulated, rebuilt by creatures that had stepped out of the mundane world long before either of them were even born. Creatures like they’d become, not even knowing it, and, in doing so, damned themselves to this insane existence.
From the Great Beyond the goddess heard it, coming from the Deep Within. From the Great Beyond Inanna heard it, coming from the Deep Within. She gave up heaven and earth, to journey down into the underworld, Inanna did, gave up her role as queen of heavens, holy priestess of the earth, to journey down into the underworld. In Uruk and in Badtibira, in Zabalam and Nippur, in Kish and in Akkad, she abandoned all her temples to descend into the Kur. She gathered up the seven me into her hands, and with them in her hands, in her possession, she began her preparations.
The Covenant won’t ﬁnd me. Finnan—” “Fuck Finnan,” she snarls. “If it wasn’t for that fucker, we’d have never . ” Never what? Never touched inﬁnity? Never heard the Cant that resonates in every ﬁber of their fucking bodies? Never learned to hear that language, read the gravings of it in the world and in themselves, their own secret names? Never become unkin? But she knows it isn’t true, that there was something in her that couldn’t help but be attracted to the crazy guy who lived in his castle of junk in the trailer park out in the middle of the desert where they came every winter, year after year, with their mom and dad, a snowbird family of the seminomadic Winnebago tribe.
A Word Child by Iris Murdoch