- Hardcover: 363 pages
- Publisher: Chatto & Windus; First Edition edition (Feb. 1973)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0701119241
- ISBN-13: 978-0701119249
- Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 4.1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 603,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Black Prince Hardcover – 1 Feb 1973
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"Murdoch is at the height of her powers in this novel, combining a complex plot with a heartrending analysis of the meaning of love" (Good Book Guide)
"A source of wonder and delight...No summary can do justice to the rich intricacy of character and incident with which Miss Murdoch crowds every page" (Spectator)
"This is great Murdoch. It rings as clear as The Bell...her humour is all the more achingly funny because she keeps it on the edge of our vision" (Daily Mail)
"Iris Murdoch's marvellous, heroic novel...A gloriously rich tale" (The Times) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
'It is witty and wise and provocative...brilliantly good' Evening Standard --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Product Description
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Iris Murdoch is the English authoress of a score of popular novels. Unlike the submissions of most writers who attempt to be popular, Ms. Murdoch's elegant fictions are literature, and are also aspirants to the semi-mythical realm of "art". And what is "art"? Is it not, in at least its principle manifestation, great entertainment? And I would assert that the greatness of the entertainment depends mightily upon the reader. I know a man who thinks, and says, that all of Iris Murdoch's books are alike. Very well. Emotional response is surely the beginning of literary criticism (otherwise why bother reviewing this book, or that one?). I identified with Bradley Pearson for several years of my life, and was jubilant that he lived in a world of funny, thoughtful, intensely interesting people, most of whom were not relatives.Read more ›
If any of them picked up The Black Prince", I would be amazed if they didn't enjoy it. The characters are hysterically funny at times - all with their own weird hang-ups. There are parts of the plot that make one cringe in the manner of a Fawlty Towers episode.
The one thing that surprised me is how well Iris Murdoch can write from a male perspective, so much so that one wonders how outraged the literati might have been if some of the physical descriptions of women had been written by a male writer.
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Read this book. Few authors can produce work of this standard in narrative and dialogue.Published 11 months ago by Amazon Customer
Iris murdoch's Black Prince is a novel that explores the many intricacies of human relationships. Possibly it's her best book because she combines her philosophy of life with a... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Malcolm U
My least favourite - so far - of IM's books. Couldn't warm to the characters, especially the main man who was just so intolerably self obsessed (I guess that may be a back-handed... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Misc
My second Iris Murdoch novel this year and sadly the characters fail to engage my attention. They are a bunch of quite annoying self- obsessed types so hard to care about their... Read morePublished on 21 Oct. 2014 by LadyG'Diver
I like the way she gets you to care about all her characters even though they are so flawed. You want better for them than they are capable of achieving for themselves. Read morePublished on 28 July 2014 by MISS B JANE
Bought for as an asked for birthday present. No complaints. Good transaction.Published on 14 Aug. 2013 by violetta