Murmur (Will Eaves, 2018)

 
Alan Turing Illustration by  Sam Falconer

Alan Turing Illustration by Sam Falconer

I wonder if Will Eaves saw The Imitation Game. I wonder if he saw it before or after he wrote Murmur. I wonder if he was watching the movie and said, “I can do better”. Heck, I was watching The Imitation Game and thought I can do better as well.

Because, you see, even mediocre art can inspire you.

Murmur’s narrator Alec Pryor is undoubtedly based on Alan Turing as a lot of aspects of Turing's life are interwoven into the novel, but Will Eaves resists a conventional biographical approach and instead uses letters, diary entries and dreams to tell his story. Pryor's subconsciousness and desire of breaking free serve as an example of LGTB+ activists fighting for tolerance and against oppression. Alan Turing's unfair prosecution has always represented those still facing discrimination. He was a British war hero who played an important part in World War II, but apparently it didn't matter that much considering he was still condemned for his sexual preferences.

Unlike The Imitation Game, where they showed Turing as a Sheldon Cooper-like personality, like if really bright people can’t express emotions properly, Murmur presents Alec Pryor as a gentle and affectionate man. Will Eaves points out with his excellent work that mind and heart can go together. They definitely do.


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Murmur

By Will Eaves | 2018 | CB Editions | 184 pages