AN Accidental Man

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A scintillating novel of fate, accidents, and moral dilemmas

Set in the time of the Vietnam War, this story concerns the plight of a young American, happily installed in a perfect job in England, engaged to a wonderful girl, who is suddenly drafted to a war he disapproves of.

What is duty here, what is self-interest, what is cowardice? Austin Gibson Grey, the accidental man of the title, is accident-prone, also prone to bring disaster to his ...

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Overview

A scintillating novel of fate, accidents, and moral dilemmas

Set in the time of the Vietnam War, this story concerns the plight of a young American, happily installed in a perfect job in England, engaged to a wonderful girl, who is suddenly drafted to a war he disapproves of.

What is duty here, what is self-interest, what is cowardice? Austin Gibson Grey, the accidental man of the title, is accident-prone, also prone to bring disaster to his friend sand relations. He blames fate. But are we not all accidental, one of his victims asks. Fate and accidents make deep moral dilemmas for the characters in the long and complex tale.

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Victoria Glendinning
Iris Murdoch has imposed her alternative world on us as surely as Christopher Columbus or Graham Greene. -- The Sunday Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140036114
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/1988
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 989,362
  • Product dimensions: 5.17 (w) x 7.78 (h) x 1.04 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2007

    A sprawling serio-comic tour de force

    This is a very strange, rambling, sometimes 'infuriating' novel that nonetheless makes a very deep impression. Murdoch's novels have been criticized for leaving readers scratching their heads a week later, trying to remember the plot, but I think 'An Accidental Man' overcomes that, despite an often bewildering level of incidence. It's generally more 'realist' than a lot of Murdoch novels, but very philosophical and comic-- but ultimately very, very sad. The characters are acutely memorable, some haunting. It's one of those books you will feel you have 'lived through', and may want to always live with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2003

    A beautifully written novel

    Here is a book about life, I mean real life. When you do not know what will happen, but somehow you feel what will happen. The characters are not just accidental but, strong, strange and weak. The book's atmosphare reflects the real British society, you feel you are almost there. I recommend this book for those people who wants to 'slow down' a little, and try to understand what motivates people in life.

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