And that is Small Island in a sentence. This is a vision of the future where the population is controlled by subtlety and manipulation, the basic premise being that if people are too doped up to realise that they have been conned by a tiny minority who have everything then that elite can remain in charge for ever.
The morality of this is questioned through the introduction of an outsider to the society and his actions form the basis of the plot. Charles Ryder and his troops, looking for a billet, have just arrived at Brideshead, the now-dilapidated family castle belonging to Lord Marchmain, a place where Charles Ryder stayed for an extended period just after World War I, the home of his best friend from Oxford, Lord Sebastian Flyte. The story of his relationship with Sebastian, a man who has rejected the Catholicism imposed on him by his devout mother, occupies the first part of the book.
Sebastian, an odd person who carries his teddy bear Aloysius everywhere he goes, tries to escape his upbringing and religious obligations through alcohol. Sent down from Oxford in outrageous circumstances, Paul Pennyfeather is oddly surprised to find himself qualifying for the position of schoolmaster at Llanabba Castle.
His colleagues are an assortment of misfits, rascals and fools, including Prendy plagued by doubts and Captain Grimes, who is always in the soup or just plain drunk. Then Sports Day arrives, and with it the delectable Margot Beste-Chetwynde, floating on a scented breeze.
As the farce unfolds and the young run riot, no one is safe, least of all Paul. When the new teacher first arrives, Barbara immediately senses that this woman will be different from the rest of her staff-room colleagues. But Barbara is not the only one to feel that Sheba is special, and before too long Sheba is involved in an illicit affair with a pupil. Barbara finds the relationship abhorrent, of course, but she is the only adult in whom Sheba can properly confide.
Brought up in a working-class Pentecostal family, up North, Jeanette follows the path her Mam has set for her. Confused, angry and alone, Jeanette strikes out on her own path, that involves a funeral parlour and an ice-cream van.
Tyrone Slothrop, a GI in London in , has a big problem. Whenever he gets an erection, a Blitz bomb hits. Soon Tyrone is on the run from legions of bizarre enemies through the phantasmagoric horrors of Germany. There is not one story, but a proliferation of characters Pirate Prentice, Teddy Bloat, Tantivy Mucker-Maffick, Saure Bummer, and more and events that tantalize the reader with suggestions of vast patterns only just past our comprehension.
Snowman may be the last man on earth, the only survivor of an unnamed apocalypse. Once he was Jimmy, a member of a scientific elite; now he lives in bitter isolation and loneliness, his only pleasure the watching of old films on DVD.
His mind moves backwards and forwards through time, from an agonising trawl through memory to relive the events that led up to sudden catastrophe most significantly the disappearance of his mother and the arrival of his mysterious childhood companions Oryx and Crake, symbols of the fractured society in which Snowman now finds himself, to the horrifying present of genetic engineering run amok.
Gradually the reasons behind the disaster begin to unfold as Snowman undertakes a perilous journey to the remains of the bubble-dome complex where the sinister Paradice Project collapsed and near-global devastation began. Their personal dilemmas cast increasingly foreshortened shadows against the rising concerns of the emancipated community, and become a subtle metaphor for the historical unaccountability of one culture to another. His stories are rooted in the rich detail of Dublin life, portraying ordinary, often defeated lives with unflinching realism.
He writes of social decline, sexual desire and exploitation, corruption and personal failure, yet creates a brilliantly compelling, unique vision of the world and of human experience.
In the first section of the book Esther is an intern in New York working for a prestigious fashion magazine. It is clear from the outset that she has worries as she cannot find any immediate beauty in the cosmopolitan world of NY, she merely carries on day to day but it is clear the enjoyment and excitement is gone. When sensible, sophisticated Flora Poste is orphaned at nineteen, she decides her only choice is to descend upon relatives in deepest Sussex.
At the aptly named Cold Comfort Farm, she meets the doomed Starkadders: But Flora loves nothing better than to organize other people. Armed with common sense and a strong will, she resolves to take each of the family in hand.
A hilarious and merciless parody of rural melodramas, Cold Comfort Farm is one of the best-loved comic novels of all time. After a brief separation from her husband Dora Greenfield reunites with Paul Greenfield in a lay community set at Imber Court just outside Imber Abbey where a community of nuns live. This setting provides the backdrop for a story whose plot borders on the farcical — briefly the purchase of a new bell for the Abbey and the foolish scheme of two characters to replace the new bell with one discovered in the lake at Imber Court.
However, more importantly the setting allows Murdoch to explore the lives of a number of characters in particular Dora Greenfield and Michael Meade. It is the exploration of these two characters that makes The Bell a very good novel and read.
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