A Fairly Honourable Defeat

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"In a dark comedy of errors, Iris Murdoch portrays the mischief wrought by Julius, a cynical intellectual who decides to demonstrate how easily loving couples, caring friends, and devoted siblings can betray their loyalties. The subjects of his Machiavellian experiment include the high-minded, happily married couple Hilda and Rupert Foster; Peter, their college dropout son; Morgan, Hilda's sister and Julius's former mistress; and Rupert's younger brother, Simon, who lives with Axel, an older man. As puppet master, Julius artfully plays on the
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"In a dark comedy of errors, Iris Murdoch portrays the mischief wrought by Julius, a cynical intellectual who decides to demonstrate how easily loving couples, caring friends, and devoted siblings can betray their loyalties. The subjects of his Machiavellian experiment include the high-minded, happily married couple Hilda and Rupert Foster; Peter, their college dropout son; Morgan, Hilda's sister and Julius's former mistress; and Rupert's younger brother, Simon, who lives with Axel, an older man. As puppet master, Julius artfully plays on the human tendency to embrace drama and intrigue and to prefer the distraction of confrontations to the difficult effort of communicating openly and honestly."--BOOK JACKET.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780141186177
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Series: Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics Series
  • Pages: 432
  • Sales rank: 629,439
  • Product dimensions: 5.16 (w) x 7.96 (h) x 0.92 (d)

Meet the Author

IRIS MURDOCH was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She went to Badminton School, Bristol, and read classics at Somerville College, Oxford. In 1948 she returned to Oxford where she became a fellow of St. Anne's college. Awarded the CBE in 1976, Iris Murdoch was made a DBE in the 1987 New Year's Honours List. She died in 1999.

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