- Paperback: 270 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (1 Feb. 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0099285347
- ISBN-13: 978-0099285342
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.8 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 87,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Unicorn (Vintage Classics) Paperback – 1 Feb 2001
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"The Unicorn explores Murdoch's theme that life is - or should be - a spiritual quest or pilgrimage" (Guardian)
"A writer of wonderful, and sometimes rather alarming idiosyncrasy; from her first novels, she explored a parish which was uniquely and unmistakably hers. But, somehow, by pursuing her desire only to be herself, she made it possible for generations of novelists after her to be more themselves." (Independent)
"Every novel is imprinted with the same distinctive, magical and wonderfully inventive imagination... A humour and humanity marked her fictional writing and made it a rich, wonderful and varied discourse. She filled it with strong emotions, powerful passions, very human experiences, humour" (Guardian)
Iris Murdoch's witty, atmospheric subversion of the Victorian Gothic novelSee all Product description
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Top Customer Reviews
If you enjoy character revelations and relationships in unique settings, then I can definitely recommend this book. The actual plot and substance of the story I found negligible.
I fully appreciate the symbolism and the Gothic inspiration; however, I just felt a bit 'so what!?' when I had finished reading it. There were several plot developments that went nowhere (they seemed pointless rather than deliberate), and rather than feeling infuriated by the lack of resolution, I was rather nonplussed by it all. Don't get me wrong: it's not the fact that it was unresolved that I didn't like - I like a good bit of irresolution in a novel; I would rather feel something, even if it is frustration! But this gave me no food for thought.
Having said all this, the plot is at least partially compelling (I think in terms of the 'idea' more than anything) and some of the characters do undergo some intriguing developments. I will stow my copy away and have another read in a couple of years - I suspect it could be one of those novels that is more rewarding the second time.
What can happen when people with the best intentions meddle and make things worse.
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Started off full of gothic promise. Ended up Jackie Collins/Virginia Andrews. Weak characters abound in this book and Iris: I'm thoroughly disappointed.Published 16 months ago by James
Read a couple of chapters-- but not for me -I wonder why all the fuss about Iris Murdock?-Published 22 months ago by Mrs. Elaine B Hill
Not my favourite of her books. The story is predictable and the so are the characters.Published 23 months ago by FAY EMERSON
Atmospheric verging on suffocating. The story is of a woman who is in self-imposed exile after an accident where she then fled to New York. Read morePublished on 3 Jan. 2015 by Victoria Craven
I have tried so hard, so very hard, with Iris Murdoch's novels. I have read several of them and all of them have left me unmoved and unimpressed. Read morePublished on 28 Sept. 2013 by Mr. T. Harvey