A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE)


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    A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE) Iris Murdoch ↠ 3 free read summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Iris Murdoch Relationships It's ComplicatedTallis loves Morgan but Morgan loves Julius Julius woos Simon but Simon loves Axe

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    summary A Fairly Honourable Defeat A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE) Iris Murdoch ↠ 3 free read I have enjoyed this book a lot I have found it humorous Never was I bored From the start to the finish my head was busy The story focuses on character portrayal rather than plot Events circle around nine characters Only nine there are no subsidiary figures We start with a husband and wife—Rupert and Hilda Foster It is their twentieth wedding anniversary They have a solid marriage They have a son named Peter He is at Cambridge

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    summary A Fairly Honourable Defeat Iris Murdoch ↠ 3 free read A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE) OK it's not really the great novel it sets out to be but it's very entertaining Julius King is one of my all ti

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    A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE) Iris Murdoch ↠ 3 free read I read Iris Murdoch and then I wonder why I ever read anything else Brilliant characters fabulous set pieces It should be an opera The dialogue the philosophy and the plot can be a bit clunky but everything is forgiven because it is so dramatic and the characters so charmingI've decided that with Iris Murdoch I

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    A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE) Iris Murdoch ↠ 3 free read I first read this book in graduate school in the 70's and I've re read it several times over the years It may or may not be one of the best books I've ever read but in some ways it is probably the most powerfulFor many years it was the only Murdoch book I'd read but over the past five years I've picked up others and that altered my reading experience this time I still felt the chilly dread of what the characters were going to encounter nex

  6. says: A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE) Iris Murdoch ↠ 3 free read summary A Fairly Honourable Defeat

    A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE) This paragraph at the beginning of the novel after the first few lines of dialogue captures why I love Iris Murdoch so much Hilda and Rupert Foster celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary with a bottle of rath

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    A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE) So my review disappeared That's been happening to a lot of friends lately but this is the first time I'm certain it's happened to one of mineDespite being populated only by a host of white London luvvies this is my favourite Murdoch

  8. says: summary A Fairly Honourable Defeat A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE) Iris Murdoch ↠ 3 free read

    A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE) This is a tangled web set in the late 60s concerning Rupert and Hilda; their 20 year old drop out son Peter; Rupert’s younger brother Simon and his boyfriend Axel; Hilda’s unstable younger sister Morgan and her estranged husband Tallis and her former lover and college friend of Rupert and Axel JuliusThings

  9. says: summary A Fairly Honourable Defeat Iris Murdoch ↠ 3 free read summary ↠ eBook or Kindle ePUB ↠ Iris Murdoch

    A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE) It's been a very long time since I read any Iris Murdoch When you've been much attached to an author in the past there is always the fear that a later reread will reveal you've grown out of that author and that then you will lose your happy memories Not so here I think too that I am better able to articulate what I like about her I've been carrying around memories not of my own impressions but rather my impressions of secondary criticism my

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    A Fairly Honourable Defeat (KINDLE) 35 starsIris Murdoch’s thirteenth novel is a surprisingly uick read despite the fact it’s the longest out of the initial thirteen This is probably in part to the fact that a large part of it is dialogue and partly because there is a morbid desire to keep reading as events play out I say morbid as the plot is a spiral into which there seems nothing good can happen and leaves you eagerly waiting to see if s

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  • Paperback
  • 438
  • A Fairly Honourable Defeat
  • Iris Murdoch
  • English
  • 08 October 2018
  • 9780099285335

summary A Fairly Honourable Defeat

review A Fairly Honourable Defeat 103 T the crisisHilda's troubles began when she trusts a slippery intellectual called Julius King who decides to demonstrate how he can persuade easily loving couples caring friends. I first read this book in graduate school in the 70 s and I ve re read it several times over the years It may or may not be one of the best books I ve ever read but in some ways it is probably the most powerfulFor many years it was the only Murdoch book I d read but over the past five years I ve picked up others and that altered my reading experience this time I still felt the chilly dread of what the characters were going to encounter next but I was also hit over the head with Murdoch s philosophy in the same way that I did reading Ayn Rand s Atlas Shrugged okay okay I get itThis awareness didn t diminish my interest in this novel or Murdoch s writing but it made me think about how present her voice and her personality are in the book It chills me to consider her cynicism and contempt for people but also intrigues me that in addition to the frightening amoral personalities she creates there is also a seeker and a hopeful belief that love conuers all I haven t decided whether it would have been fascinating or frightening to sit down to dinner with Iris Murdoch at her peak but I am confident it woul have been memorable

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review A Fairly Honourable Defeat 103 Hilda Foster is alone in an isolated cottage when she receives an important telephone call She must get in touch with her husband but it is virtually impossible How can she aver. OK it s not really the great novel it sets out to be but it s very entertaining Julius King is one of my all time favorite bad guys Go Julius Destroy that relationship Drive that man to madness and despair Cut up that dress Do the washing up Sort of a high brow Hannibal Lecter lite as it were Though I was rather shocked to discover the explanation for his lack of affectHere s the bit I liked best The woman is very taken with him and hangs on his every word He tells her that Turner is rubbish no talent at all She uncritically believes him Then a bit later she visits the National Gallery and is delighted when she now experiences the Turners as amateurish and poorRuining someone s ability to appreciate Turner just for fun Now that s a creative portrayal of evil Then the Americans Came Voices from Vietnam receives an important telephone call She must get in touch with her husband but it is virtually impossible How can she aver. OK it s not Hell in a Handbasket Devilish Debutantes #2 really the great novel it sets out to be but it s very entertaining Julius King is one of my all time favorite bad guys Go Julius Destroy that Say Your Abc With Me relationship Drive that man to madness and despair Cut up that dress Do the washing up Sort of a high brow Hannibal Lecter lite as it were Though I was The Outcast Dead rather shocked to discover the explanation for his lack of affectHere s the bit I liked best The woman is very taken with him and hangs on his every word He tells her that Turner is ಅಮ್ಮಾವ್ರ ಗಂಡ rubbish no talent at all She uncritically believes him Then a bit later she visits the National Gallery and is delighted when she now experiences the Turners as amateurish and poorRuining someone s ability to appreciate Turner just for fun Now that s a creative portrayal of evil

Iris Murdoch ↠ 3 free read

review A Fairly Honourable Defeat 103 And devoted siblings to betray their loyalties to one another Melodramatic incidents purloined letters apparently unmotivated actions abound as this dark comedy of errors unfol. This is a tangled web set in the late 60s concerning Rupert and Hilda their 20 year old drop out son Peter Rupert s younger brother Simon and his boyfriend Axel Hilda s unstable younger sister Morgan and her estranged husband Tallis and her former lover and college friend of Rupert and Axel JuliusThings are intertwined from the start but later there are strong echoes of Shakespeare s Midsummer Night s Dream when the stage is set for a non magical enchantment leading to illusions of love and betrayal with the metaphorical puppeteer appearing to soothe whilst actually sowing doubts and creating scenarios Although the story is entirely naturalistic rather than magical realism etc there are occasions when some of the characters think they sense supernatural demons or ghosts yet none of them realise the real power that is manipulating their livesIt opens inauspiciously with a long conversation between Rupert and Hilda which explains the back story but which they would not be discussing in that way between themselves However after that it becomes a trademark Murdoch psychological novel In some ways her protagonists are a little like the British euivalent of Woody Allen s shrink addicted New Yorkers as they endlessly analyse their relationships interconnectedness motives etcThe narrative slips seamlessly between pages of pure dialogue to descriptive passages In some of the dialogue sections it is not always clear who is saying what but that is actually very effective especially when there is a large gathering with multiple conversations and the reader is effectively eaves hopping between themThe book is slightly dated in places especially early on when Murdoch seems embarrassed about the terminology regarding Simon and Axel liaison association his friend and there are a couple of awkward racial comments but mostly it reads very well and would also be good for a reading group though probably too unfashionable to be picked unless it rose to prominence on the back of a film You could spend ages merely on Both you and X are wounded people X is the wounded because X is the guilty and for that reason is probably the proud And Good is dull What novelist ever succeeded in making a good man interesting Fortunately this novel devotes plenty of pages to those who are not goodI d love to read another book about Julius so this one must have been excellent