[Henry and Cato] EBOOK


  • Paperback
  • 400
  • Henry and Cato
  • Iris Murdoch
  • English
  • 14 March 2020
  • 9780140045697

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Iris Murdoch ´ 4 Read & Download characters ß PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Iris Murdoch Read & Download Henry and Cato Nd in England and to his mother His friend Cato is struggling with two passions one for a God who may or may not exist the other for a. The Hungerford Railway Bridge built in Victorian times was replaced in 2002 and re christened the Golden Jubilee Bridge The old wrought iron Hungerford Bridge is where this story opens It s a subtle reminder to the contemporary reader of how Murdoch draws on a style and setting rooted in the 19th century despite the post war existential crises of her characters The present is forever grounded in the past Murdoch is uniue in making that connection with primarily literary devicesIn a single compact paragraph Iris Murdoch performs a sensory immersion on the old wrought iron bridge The mist which he had welcomed baffled him Damp and grey and gauzy and slightly in motion it arose from the Thames and surrounded him seeming transparent and yet concealing the lights of the embankment on either side and deadening the footstep of figures who persistently appearing would suddenly materialize close to him and go by with a suspicious gait Or were these all shrouded apparitions of the same man some plain clothes police officer perhaps whose task it was to patrol the bridge Location 15 Note that the possibility of encountering an officer of the law is no comforting than the possibility of a mugger Cato Forbes has come here for the explicit purpose of disposing of a gun Time itself moves in eerie slow motion in this meticulously detailed scene Cato Forbes age 31 is a Catholic priest who converted in a moment of ecstatic epiphany Living in a condemned hovel formerly a mission in one of the worst parts of East London he has become obsessed with saving a vicious psychopathic youth excited by violent fantasies at least that is what Cato tells himself The two form a deep bond The nature of that bond is uncertain a possible mix of sincerity and manipulation on Joe s part At this point Cato s faith begins to falter Is Cato now responsible for Joe These intense emotions feel dangerous As confessor is Cato fulfilling his spiritual commitment or is he a captive audience both enabling and colluding with Joe s fantasies Joe Beautiful Joe Murdoch s characters wrestle with doubt and delusion and with her third person point of view she provides the reader with a front row seatMeanwhile Cato s childhood friend Henry Marshalson age 32 and employed at a third rate liberal arts college in rural Missouri is rejoicing He has just confirmed that his brother Sandy has died in a road accident Sandy the simple Sandy the handsome Sandy the golden boy the apple of their mother s eye Like Cato Henry feels he has emerged into sunlight He prepares to return to England to settle the considerable family estate he has inherited Henry put the receiver down and fell back on his bed salivating with relief Inheriting the property was nothing What mattered was that bloody Sandy was no Location 62 His unambivalent joy is unsettling to the readerMurdoch s narrative alternates between Cato and Henry but places the events simultaneously in time The contrast in tone is as stark as the contrast in character Henry is a resolute atheist He is seized by the conviction that this is his one opportunity to enact a grandiose gesture of idealistic beneficence In his mind he is the cultural nihilist of the past a past represented by Gerda his mother Rounding out the cast of characters are Lucius Gerda s emotionally dependent past his prime permanent boarder Collette Cato s younger sister who may be in love or may be merely infatuated with Henry Stephanie who had some mysterious connection to Sandy and Brendan Craddock Cato s confessor friend and spiritual mentor whose arguments resemble the intonations of a Greek chorusIn addition to doubt disappointment figures heavily in this novel Gerda is disappointed with both Lucius and Henry Lucius and Henry are disappointed with themselves Cato is disappointed by Beautiful Joe John Forbes is disappointed with his two children Cato and Collette Doubt and disappointment Couple them with fear and rationalization Although uttered from Lucius point of view an interjection with its concise asperity is clearly Murdoch speaking But human beings are endlessly ingenious about promoting their own misery Even in catastrophe mysterious barriers can isolate them barriers of fear and egoism and suspicious and sheer stupid moral incompetence Location 1180 Her pontifications are infreuent as if finally attempting to reset the course of a rudderless shipMurdoch has a dry wit A love scene between Henry and Stephanie seems cut from a Victorian melodrama There is grabbing a heaving bosom and wild eyed stares Henry lowered his gaze seeing how the linen curved over her rather large bosom seeing her breathing He looked down at her glistening black high heeled shoes He was reminded of the little elegant hooves of a young donkey Location 2750 She employs Lucius for comedy as well Dispatched by Gerda to smooth over relations with John Forbes he totally bungles his mission Lucius is such a pathetic character that the humor we derive never really feels cruelThis is the second book by Iris Murdoch that I have read I must admit that I have little appreciation for the philosophical and theological dilemmas she poses The arguments are a bit beyond me What I love is her masterful command of the English language NOTEI read this book on the Kindle The highlighting and notes features were invaluable However the editing is non existent There are freuent shifts between the Cato sections and the Henry sections Usually the shifts go unmarked no double spacing no line of asterisks nothing That was annoyingArtworkDiana and Acteon by Titian of Max Beckmann at the St Louis Art Museum

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Iris Murdoch ´ 4 Read & Download characters ß PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Iris Murdoch Read & Download Henry and Cato Petty criminal who may or may not be capable of salvation Cato's father and sister Colette wait anxiously to welcome Cato back to sanit. Never have I read a book full of such unlikeable characters I thought maybe I could find something I liked about the main characters by finishing the story but that didn t happen All I wanted to do was shake both Henry and Cato and scream can you please stop being so whiny

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Iris Murdoch ´ 4 Read & Download characters ß PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Iris Murdoch Read & Download Henry and Cato This is the story of two prodigal sons Henry returns from a self imposed exile in America to an unforeseen inheritance of wealth and la. This is not a book I would recommend to anyone who is new to Iris Murdoch but in some ways it is very typical The book splits into roughly three sections which are very different in character and I am not convinced it works as a unified wholeThe two central characters are Henry who is the second son of a family that owns a substantial house and grounds known as Laxlingden who has been living in America teaching at a minor college in Illinois and Cato who has embraced Catholicism and is living in an idealistic but failing city mission in West London Sandy Henry s brother and heir to the family fortune has died in an accident and Henry finds himself returning to England to inherit everything Meanwhile Cato is embroiled with the beautiful Joe a troubled petty criminal from a difficult family background In the dramatic opening Cato is seen disposing of a gun by dropping it from Hungerford Bridge at nightI found the next part rather dull I had very little interest in why Cato embraced religion or in his subseuent loss of faith or in Henry s frankly bizarre plan to divest himself of his unwanted fortune charitably As always with Murdoch couples form for decidedly strange reasons Cato s sister Colette is obsessed with Henry but Henry is pursuing Stephanie a woman who he discovers when he goes to investigate Sandy s secret London flat Meanwhile Henry s mother Gerda has a platonic dependency on an older former poet Lucius who also lives at LaxlingdenAbout halfway through the plot takes a bizarre twist and becomes a kidnap thriller but the final section in the aftermath is different in tone once again Murdoch is always interesting to read and at times this book threatens to develop into something interesting but overall it seems like a lesser work and there are much better places to start reading her oeuvre


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    [Henry and Cato] EBOOK Henry and Cato are young adult Brits who were once school chums Both are moving through a crisis of personal meaning Henry having spent a lifetime resenting the injustice of being the younger son unable to inherit

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    characters ß PDF, DOC, TXT or eBook ´ Iris Murdoch Iris Murdoch ´ 4 Read & Download [Henry and Cato] EBOOK or less finished rushed the last chapters at the library just before returning it finally I'm happy that I did because a few characters came up interesting and realistics just in the last pages even Colette Anyway I'll always remember this as the book I read at the hospital waiting for my baby to be born my boy is now 7 months old and trying to type this comment himself it was really time to return it

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    [Henry and Cato] EBOOK Iris Murdoch ´ 4 Read & Download Read & Download Henry and Cato 35 starsHenry and Cato the two title characters of Iris Murdoch’s eighteenth novel are young men in their early thirties who were friends as children yet have grown apart as the years have gone by Ostensibly it appears there is nothing they have in common apart from mutual acuaintances Henry is a low level college professor in America Cato a Catholic priest yet at the time of the novel they are both at pivotal moments in thei

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    [Henry and Cato] EBOOK About once a year I need an Iris Murdoch fix Her books are dense complex often difficult to read but always compelling and thought provoking This one is no exceptionImmersed in HENRY and CATO I couldn't help but wonder what it would have been like to know Iris Murdoch Certainly I wouldn't have had the intellectual gravity to appeal to her as a friend but I would have loved to sit with her at a dinner party or observe her at a departmental

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