The Green Knight

Paperback | January 1, 1995

byIris Murdoch

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Full of suspense, humor, and symbolism, this magnificently crafted and magical novel replays biblical and medieval themes in contemporary London. An attempt by the sharp, feral, and uncommonly intelligent Lucas Graffe to murder his sensual and charismatic half-brother Clement is interrupted by a stranger—whom Lucas strikes and leaves for dead. When the stranger mysteriously reappears, with specific demands for reparation, the Graffes’ circle of idiosyncratic family and friends is disrupted—for the demands are bizarre, intrusive, and ultimately fatal.

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From the nationally acclaimed author of The Book of the Brotherhood comes a magnificently crafted and magical novel which explores biblical and medieval themes in a contemporary London setting. "Enthralling . . . its sensuousness, its visionary physical detail, is a pleasure".--San Francisco Chronicle

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Full of suspense, humor, and symbolism, this magnificently crafted and magical novel replays biblical and medieval themes in contemporary London. An attempt by the sharp, feral, and uncommonly intelligent Lucas Graffe to murder his sensual and charismatic half-brother Clement is interrupted by a stranger—whom Lucas strikes and leaves f...

Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She went to Badminton School, Bristol, and read classics at Somerville College, Oxford. During the war she was an Assistant Principal at the Treasury, and then worked with UNRRA in London, Belgium and Austria. She held a studentship in philosophy at Newnham College, Cambr...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:480 pages, 7.7 × 5.1 × 1 inPublished:January 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:0140243372

ISBN - 13:9780140243376

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From the nationally acclaimed author of The Book of the Brotherhood comes a magnificently crafted and magical novel which explores biblical and medieval themes in a contemporary London setting. "Enthralling . . . its sensuousness, its visionary physical detail, is a pleasure".--San Francisco Chronicle

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“A tour de force . . . One puts down this novel with a feeling of having feasted at a table of great ideas.”—Los Angeles Times “This is as enthralling a web as [Murdoch] has ever spun, and its sensuousness, its visionary physical detail, is a pleasure.”—San Francisco Chronicle “Her most emotionally gripping novel yet . . . built around Manichaean juxtapositions of good and evil, love and power, celebration and passion, light and dark.”—Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times