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Murmur | Will Eaves
"[Murmur] is as bracingly intelligent as it is brave. . . . [Eaves] knows that Turing's theories of consciousness have implications for fiction, and that fiction can operate at the frontiers of what we know about the workings of our minds." --Guardian"Murmur is a fully achieved literary experiment, digging deep into all the dimensions of human consciousness." --Goldsmiths Prize judge's citation"[Murmur] is masterful--compassionate, principled, and moving. It is deeply wise, with the aching loneliness of both human indignity and dignity, despair and courage." --Anne Michaels, author of Fugitive Pieces and All We Saw"A really extraordinary book, unlike any other." --Max Porter, author of Grief Is the Thing with FeathersIn Murmur, a hallucinatory masterwork, Will Eaves invites us into the brilliant mind of Alec Pryor, a character inspired by Alan Turing. Turing, father of artificial intelligence and pioneer of radical new techniques to break the Nazi Enigma cipher during World War II, was later persecuted by the British state for "gross indecency with another male" and forced to undergo chemical castration. Set during the devastating period before Turing's suicide, Murmur evokes an extraordinary life, the beauty and sorrows of love, and the nature of consciousness.Will Eaves is the author of two poetry collections and five novels, including Murmur, the first of his novels to be published in the United States. His work has appeared in the Guardian, New Yorker, and Yale Review, and has been shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award, Encore Award, Goldsmiths Prize, and BBC National Short Story Award. Previously the arts editor of the Times Literary Supplement, he now teaches writing at the University of Warwick and lives in London.
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andrew61
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A remarkable piece of writing as the author imagines the effect of chemical castration upon the genius mind of alec Pryor (Alan turing). Using his theory of AI, dreams, mirrors and memory the prose is poetic, challenging, + letters to ex fiance, it is rewarding & heartbreaking that the state chose to destroy a man whose contribution to the war effort and science cannot be quantified. I will reread this bk as i feel i will benefit rdg again.

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Abailliekaras
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A bracing read. Alec Pryor (inspired by Alec Turing) undergoes chemical castration which affects his mind (& changes him). Wonderful insight into how his mind shifts from lucid thoughts & ideas to dreams & hallucinations. I loved his letters with June (based on Turing‘s friend Joan). It‘s challenging: it jumps in time, characters morph & the line between memory & dreams is blurred. Clean, beautiful writing, I loved the dry humour & compassion.

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jhod
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Pretty pleased with today's #libraryhaul
Also got the Rick Stein book for 50p in their sale so Toby can cook me lots of nice things 😊

andrew61 Great haul - i really want to read murmur so look forward to your comments. Mouthful of birds is bonkers. 7mo
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Will Eaves imagines the inner life of Alan Turing following his arrest for gross indecency and enforced hormone therapy. This incredibly dense short novel is tender, humane, heartbreaking and fiercely intelligent. Its three sections describe the journal entries, dreams and correspondence of Alec Pryor (Alan Turing analogue). ⬇️ #GoldsmithsPrize

Moray_Reads As the drugs destabilise his mind and transform his body "Pryor's" theories of intelligence combine with his history to create vivid visions, sometimes bizarre, sometimes terrifying but always moving. Though each scene is full of emotion Pryor's narration is often heart-breakingly calm and matter-of-fact. The ideas are fittingly complex and I feel like it after discovering more of Turing's theories a second reading will be even more rewarding 14mo
charl08 Sounds excellent. Going to look for it. 14mo
Moray_Reads @charl08 challenging but worth it 14mo
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vivastory An informative, thoughtful review! I've been meaning to learn more about Turing since watching the overly ambitious Imitation Game last month. 14mo
Moray_Reads @vivastory the film didn't quite work for me either. It might be worth reading a biography first, that gives the basics of his theories, Eaves has put so much into this short novel that I KNOW I missed some of the subtleties because I didn't read up first. This one had been recommended as good for covering both life and work well (ignore the film cover) - and I already have it! I should have ready it first 🙄 14mo
vivastory Thanks for the recommendation! I'm adding that to my list. It'll be interesting to read the two back to back. 14mo
andrew61 It's only when i added it on GR that i realised that he had written a short story in 2017 national short story award which i listened to at time and it was incredibly moving - i think it may still be available as it then expanded into the novel. 14mo
Moray_Reads @andrew61 I think this is it! I think I remember reading that the first chapter or so was published as a short story 14mo
andrew61 I hope this link is right 14mo
rohit-sawant Such an excellent review! 14mo
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