The Unicorn

Paperback | January 6, 1987

byIris Murdoch

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A brilliant mythical drama about well-meaning people trapped in a war of spiritual forces

Marian Taylor, who has come as a “companion” to a lovely woman in a remote castle, becomes aware that her employer is a prisoner, not only of her obsessions, but of an unforgiving husband.

Hannah, the Unicorn, seemingly an image of persecuted virtue, fascinates those who surround her, some of whom plan to rescue her from her dream of redemptive suffering. But is she an innocent victim, a guilty woman, a mad woman, or a witch? Is her spiritual life really some evil enchantment? If she is forcibly liberated will she die? The ordinary, sensible people survive, and are never sure whether they have understood.

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A brilliant mythical drama about well-meaning people trapped in a war of spiritual forcesMarian Taylor, who has come as a “companion” to a lovely woman in a remote castle, becomes aware that her employer is a prisoner, not only of her obsessions, but of an unforgiving husband.Hannah, the Unicorn, seemingly an image of persecuted virtue...

Iris Murdoch was one of the twentieth century's most prominent novelists, winner of the Booker Prize for The Sea. She died in 1999.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.75 × 5.08 × 0.6 inPublished:January 6, 1987Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

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ISBN - 10:014002476X

ISBN - 13:9780140024760

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“Miss Murdoch has taken the stock elements of the Gothic novel and wrung hell out of them. . . . A strange combination of fairy tale and blood-and-thunder.”—Books and Bookmen