A Severed Head

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Martin Lynch-Gibbon is serenely enjoying both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education.
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Overview

Martin Lynch-Gibbon is serenely enjoying both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education.
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“A power of intellect quite exceptional in a novelist.” –Sunday Times

“She is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour.” –The Times

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140020038
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 11/28/1976
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 435,083
  • Product dimensions: 5.28 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She is the author of 26 novels and several works of philosophy. She died in 1999.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    Slimmed down Iris

    That this book resembles her other books The Italian Girl and A Fairly Honourable Defeat is by no means a bad thing. Similar to those books, this involves complex love affairs, incest (never grossly described) and characters who maintain an ambivalent, witty behavior when even the most absurd of things happen. For it's size, it's one of the most enjoyable books you'll find. I wish the movie version with Claire Bloom and Ian Holm was easier to come across.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2008

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    This is not your typical English/Irish novel. Is it a love story? Is it a philosophical novel? Is it a novel of mores? You decide. It is an enjoyable read.

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