By Iris Murdoch
Una novela divertida y profunda a un tiempo, y con un elemento de suspense que explora con maestría los temas que desde siempre han preocupado a l. a. autora: el amor, los angeles amistad y los angeles perversa frontera que separa el bien y el mal.
El eco de un tiro en los despachos de Whitehall, el complejo administrativo que el gobierno inglés posee en el centro de Londres, no anuncia tan solo l. a. extraña muerte de un alto funcionario, sino también el principio de una sutil intriga.
Kate y Octavian, jefe del departamento donde trabajaba el difunto, forman un matrimonio aparentemente feliz que alberga en su casa de Dorset a un extravagante grupo de personajes: un excéntrico tío que abandonó l. a. India bajo sospecha, un atormentado amigo superviviente de Dachau, el abogado responsable del caso y amante platónico de Kate, hijos de distintos matrimonios, conocidos, visitantes ocasionales...
Y todos ellos relacionados de un modo u otro con el muerto en una deliciosa comedia de errores, donde las sonrisas esconden a menudo pecados de mucha hondura.
«Un originalísimo mundo novelístico de una interminable seducción.»
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Kipling's mention of it in Something of Myself is at once proud and slightly dismissive, as though he were not quite sure how to account for the extraordinary thing he had made. Indeed, I wonder if he did realise quite how strange a masterpiece he had produced during those eight years or so. Kim had first inspired his imagination in the early days of his married life in Vermont, that halcyon time when Josephine was the summit of his delighta young baby that was his own. The novel had continued to fire his fancy through all the bitter sweets of the failure of his American dream, and on beyond the nightmare of Josephine's untimely death in New York.
We find it hard to suppose that a serious writer could turn his back upon the malignity at the heart of things; we urge it as a criticism of writers like Emerson and Whitman that they arc weak in the awareness of evil, as if nature had denied them a necessary faculty. But Kim is unsubdued by the malignity at the heart of things. Whatever evil it does encompass tends to be passed off onto a troop of bumbling Russian spies who muddle along on the northern borders of India, stage-comic Russians about as alarming as Laurel and Hardy.
This is liberal indeed and represents (it may be thought) a great increase in From The Sewanee Review 87, no. 1 (Winter 1979). © 1979 by Donald Davie. 45 00:\'ALD DAVIE Christian charity over the Eliot who wrote After Strange Gods, the Eliot to whom his Anglican allegiance was so much more of a recent and exciting noveltY. · However, before we set this change of heart entirely to Eliot's credit, we need to take note of certain difficulties whicK arise rn our reading of the poet for whom he is soliciting our admiration.