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  • Henry and Cato
  • Iris Murdoch
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  • 11 October 2019
  • 9780140045697

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Characters Ë Henry and Cato 107 Iris Murdoch ✓ 7 Free download Characters ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ Iris Murdoch 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. I enjoy Iris Murdoch s novels so much Oh to get lost in these worlds alongside these idiosyncratic characters Murdoch s immersive works are always a guaranteed win for me I thoroughly enjoyed Henry and CatoHenry is an art history professor who has grown to hate art His childhood friend Cato is a priest who no longer believes in God And Cato s younger sister Colette is a student who s just dropped out of college When Henry s older brother Sandy dies Henry flies back to England from the US set to inherit Laxlinden Hall His mother Gerda and her hanger on Lucius nervously await what he ll do with the estate Meanwhile Cato is obsessed with a seventeen year old androgynous petty criminal known as Beautiful Joe Cato tells himself he wants to help Joe find salvation while trying to deny that he s in love with him And Colette returns home to Pennwood the neighboring home to Laxlinden Her disapproving father John is there despairing of his children for respectively dropping out of college and joining the Church The lives of these families and friends get all entangled and the schemes of Beautiful Joe pull the knot encircling them tighter Henry and Cato examines uestions of what constitutes success and goodness Several characters lead disappointed lives theirs are lives gone wrong full of thwarted ambitions They ponder settling vs refusing to settle They re often scared to try and to branch out so they grow resigned to their lot in life until the riotous activity of this novel shakes them up Henry longs for a fated destiny to sweep him along in an unstoppable current Henry s a big fan of saying things are fated to justify his shitty behavior At the start he thinks Was something going to happen in his life at last Would he be called upon to make great choices world altering decisions Would he be able to As in all her 3rd person books that I ve read so far there s a religious fanatic obsessed by an all consuming Catholicism Through this character s fervent faith we see religion as a mystical transcendent experience providing the euphoria of a high Henry and Cato showcases religion and blind devotion used to fill an existential hole in oneself to blot everything out and to cede control of one s life to a higher power an institution Murdoch fascinatingly explores all this from complete acceptance to uestioning to doubt to atheism to nihilism and beyondI always find many sentiments and feelings I can relate to in Murdoch characters Henry and Cato offers deep character studies even if you don t like certain characters you become invested in them by gazing into their psyches and being trapped with them in their circumstances Gerda is intimidating and imperious Collette is idealistic fanciful and flighty John is argumentative ornery and rigid in his thinking Murdoch is hilarious writing bad haikus as Lucius who thinks they re genius Both Henry and Cato were stunted by the formative experiences of their unhappy childhoods by abuse and feeling unloved Henry and Cato each want to escape over the class divide by slumming it with their dependents They both try to take advantage of a poor person beholden to them They can both be wasteful reckless and refuse to listen to accounts of poverty Instead they ve fetishized their fallen companions and the idea of having no money By using a myriad of sometimes contradictory descriptors before Henry s name throughout Murdoch illustrates his malleability He s not fully formed as a person he s indecisive with low self esteem Then he evolves into a brute With his inheritance he s drunk on power and develops a reckless nihilism The theme of feudalism runs throughout of being dependent on others or keeping them dependent on you Murdoch explores the male ego and the different kinds of misogyny most of the male characters are guilty ofMurdoch excels at the atmospheric country house see also The Sea The Sea The Unicorn A Severed Head that feels like a living breathing entity I loved the descriptions of Laxlinden Hall its beautiful furnishings and the surrounding countryside The evocative descriptions of art make it possible to see it in your mind s eye A mood of suffocation and Henry s non belonging hangs over the Hall as surely as the mist that hovers around the estate The light dark the shifts in time of day the landscape come into focus beautifully like a film shot by a consummate cinematographer Speaking of why aren t there Iris Murdoch adaptations They re so rich with drama psychology and cinematic locations they d make for excellent productionsThe beginning sections of this novel are so cleverly constructed like Russian nesting dolls There s a beautiful symmetry to the beginning and end Henry and Cato has fantastic stretches of uninterrupted dialogue between two people This provides a nice balance with the in depth explorations of inner life and the meticulous descriptions of place The twists and surprises are great I was shocked than once The action and the climax had me sickly anxious to know the outcome Henry and Cato is an excellent entry in Iris Murdoch s oeuvre of unusual and engrossing novels It s a very funny book The emotions are rendered flawlessly There are the trademark hard to define relationships The characters relations with each other are often uncategorizable They re not cut and dry lovers or friends There are no easy typical motherson or mentorstudent dynamics It s all complicated by shades of the unspoken by conflicting impulses There s the running theme of expecting others to fulfill certain roles for you certain characters like those who wish for Cato to remain a priest do this with a certain arrogance Iris Murdoch carries off this complex book with its multiple narratives and big cast of characters like a perfectly executed magic trick Hats off to her

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Henry and Cato

Characters Ë Henry and Cato 107 Iris Murdoch ✓ 7 Free download Characters ´ eBook, PDF or Kindle ePUB ✓ Iris Murdoch 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. 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 their life looking for change and something outside themselves to propel thisAt the beginning of the novel Henry is looking to make his mark on the world and speaks of becoming something permanent significant and monumental his inheritance of the family property allows him to follow this dream regardless of how it affects those around him and he really is a selfish arrogant sod He adores art and almost seems to have the same spiritual experience from looking at certain paintings like Diana and Actaeon as Cato does from his religion Ironically Cato is struggling with his own faith and is reminiscent of Michael Mead in The Bell particularly because of his feelings about a particular man in his life For Cato it is the reprobate Beautiful Joe who is a catalyst for much that takes place in the novel including much of Cato s soul searching which as in The Bell became too lengthy for me and slowed down my reading for Cato s chaptersOther characters that feature include Lucius Gerda s long term guest who was probably the most sympathetic character for me an aging poet who has been kept for so long that he no longer has the skills to survive in the real world We also have Cato s father John Forbes a strident man who believes that education is the only worthwhile path to follow Colette his daughter who is one of those willowy young women that populate Murdoch s novels leading with her heart and pining for love and finally Stephanie who despite her opaueness and apparent fragility is surprisingly intriguing and for me it is the women who are the most enjoyable element of this novelOften where women are concerned however there is a great deal of misogyny Henry and John Forbes are both misogynistic believing that they are sympathetic to women while at the same time convinced that they know what s best for the women in their lives and that they are weak and stupid An example from John He had always fought for women s liberation he had fought to his best knowledge for Colette s liberation But there was a kind of invincible stupidity in the other sex which simply asked for bullying After all it had taken them practically the whole of recorded history to invent a simple idea like the brasserie Ironically by the end of the novel it is the women who have got what they wanted and while going through events far tougher than Henry and John have experienced have managed to come out the other side happy and content in the case of Gerda and Colette and stronger and better euipped in the case of Stephanie There are moments of suspense as with the scheme to obtain some of Henry s money and there are moments of mild humor usually involving Lucius there are also some beautiful descriptions of the Hall and its grounds yet I never felt captivated by this book I don t think it helped that this is one of those Iris Murdoch novels where the discussion of religion plays a large part something that I struggle with and while her novels are often filled with dislikable characters Henry is almost too much So not the most successful reading experience but still much to admire and enjoy as always when reading a novel by Murdoch

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As with all of Iris Murdoch s books Henry and Cato is an unpredictable story with really thought provoking aspects It features two friends who meet up again as mature adults each facing a life crisis Henry is a wealthy landowner who wants to dispose of his property and live as an ordinary individual in America Cato is a priest with no possessions who wants to leave the church and find the means to assist a delinuent teenager to make something of himself As such it raises many pertinent issues around money religion and traditional family bondsMurdoch typically plays around with the element of contingency with the result that the reader has no idea where the plot is heading and the characters themselves are taken off guard by events This serves to reveal characteristics in the various men and women in the story which would not have been apparent had events followed a predictable path For readers who enjoy in depth character portrayal and the exploration of philosophical and psychological conundrums this makes for a very satisfying readAs a writer I also enjoyed Murdoch s description of setting The characters interact with their environment in a very engaged way Emotions are reflected in the weather the appearance of the trees and buildings the sounds of insects and birds and the movement of objects It is difficult to describe how effective this is except to say that it charms one into experiencing the scene with vividness and fellow feelingSo successful is the dialogue over that whole exchanges can go on without the need for any indicators as to who is speaking The content and style of the lines is entirely characteristic of each member of the cast which further drives home the point that people are uniue and distinctive not just because of how they appear but because of how they think and communicate Certainly a fantastic model for any novelist to imitateI gave the book five stars because I found so many passages worthy of uoting or recalling for later reference The conversations in the closing chapters about loss of faith the dark night of the soul and the reason why people focus on suffering were particularly fascinating and well worth contemplating coming as they do from a writer who was herself a philosopher by training and profession Wanting Jocelyn is the story of two prodigal sons Henry returns from a self Nashtaneer Dui bon Malancha imposed exile The Serpentine Cave in America to an unforeseen The Night Torn Mad With Footsteps New Poems inheritance of wealth and la. 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