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by Iris Murdoch

Free eBook A Fairly Honourable Defeat download ISBN: 0670305332
Author: Iris Murdoch
Publisher: The Viking Press; 1st edition (February 2, 1970)
Language: English
Pages: 436
Category: Imaginative Literature
Subcategory: Literary
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A fairly honourable defeat. An accidental man. The black prince.

A fairly honourable defeat. A fairly honourable defeat, Iris Murdoch ; introduction by Peter J. Reed. p. c. (Penguin twentieth-century classics). eISBN : 978-1-101-49567-4.

Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919. In 1948 she returned to Oxford as fellow and tutor at St Anne’s College and later taught at the Royal College of Art. Until her death in 1999, she lived in Oxford with her husband, the academic and critic, John Bayley. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1987 and in the 1997 PEN Awards received the Gold Pen for Distinguished Service to Literature

A Fairly Honourable Defeat, then, incorporates many elements that are characteristic of Murdoch’s fiction. A Fairly Honourable Defeat does not incorporate that whole gamut but certainly explores many variant relationships.

A Fairly Honourable Defeat, then, incorporates many elements that are characteristic of Murdoch’s fiction. Murdoch’s love relationships can take all forms: parental, sibling, conjugal, marital, heterosexual, homosexual, even, in at least one novel, incestuous. A Fairly Honourable Defeat does not incorporate that whole gamut but certainly explores many variant relationships

A Fairly Honourable Defeat is a novel by the British writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch. Published in 1970, it was her thirteenth novel. The lives of several friends are thrown into disarray by the machinations of Julius King

A Fairly Honourable Defeat is a novel by the British writer and philosopher Iris Murdoch. The lives of several friends are thrown into disarray by the machinations of Julius King. Julius makes a bet with his ex-girlfriend Morgan that he can break up the homosexual couple Axel and Simon; meanwhile, Morgan and her brother-in-law Rupert are tricked into embarking on an affair, and Morgan's nephew Peter is falling in love with her.

Praise for Iris Murdoch and A Fairly Honourable Defeat: remains, fifty years later, perhaps the most beautiful literary representation of a same-sex marriage I know. the richness of Murdoch’s novel comes from its success in combining Shakespearean tragedy with Shakespearean comedy. Best known as the author of twenty-six novels, Iris Murdoch has also made significant contributions to the fields of ethics and aesthetics. Collected here for the first time in one volume are her most influential literary and philosophical essays. The Sovereignty of Good (Routledge Classics). Iris Murdoch once observed: 'philosophy is often a matter of finding occasions on which to say the obvious'. What was obvious to Murdoch, and to all those who read her work, is that Good transcends everything - even God.

He opened the door a little wider and Morgan walked into the flat. I’m sorry to arrive unannounced,’ she said. I hoped I’d find you in. So this is where you live?’. She began to look around. She began to look around t was small but richly furnished. A tiny bedroom and bathroom, a rather larger sitting room, a well appointed kitchen with a huge refrigerator. The sitting room had a very thick dark yellow Indian carpet. Low fitted bookshelves on either side of the electric fire supported a pair of greeny yellow Chinese horses which looked as if they were genuine T’ang.

A more than fairly satisfying read. com User, September 11, 2003. Brilliant! This novel has everything I look for in a truly great book: complex characters, deft plotting, luminous prose, and profound insight into the human condition. Iris Murdoch knew what it was to be human. She understood our aspirations and longings, our blind spots, our frailties, and our capacities for love and betrayal.

Praise for Iris Murdoch and A Fairly Honourable Defeat . Iris Murdoch (1919-199) wore two hats: she was an Oxford don who taught philosophy writing on that recondite subject as well as winning plaudits and fame as a bestselling novelist

Praise for Iris Murdoch and A Fairly Honourable Defeat: " remains, fifty years later, perhaps the most beautiful literary representation of a same-sex marriage I know. Iris Murdoch (1919-199) wore two hats: she was an Oxford don who taught philosophy writing on that recondite subject as well as winning plaudits and fame as a bestselling novelist. A Fairly Honorable Defeat", while not one of her best known novels, still provides a rich reading experience.

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Dranar
I read this years ago and again recently. It's vintage Murdoch, both humorous and thought provoking with well drawn characters and believable dialogue. The plot is maybe a little implausible, but a fun ride in any case.
Kage
Extraordinarily well-written and all the characters showed human characteristics of vanity and insecurity in some measure. Some are touchingly vulnerable,some are recklessly meddling, some show surprising moments of real courage and strength of character.

It was written in 1970, before the AIDS epidemic, and before cell phones, both of which would have altered the plot line, but it was a very enjoyable read, and more accessible than some of her other books.
Humin
Iris Murdoch is a brilliant, witty, philosophical novelist and this is one of her best stories. Julius is convincingly evil, a sort of latter day medieval devil in sophisticated form and the musical chairs of the protagonists become believable as the story wends its way. I finished it several days ago and am still living in the world of Murdoch's characters part of the time. Watch out for the pool!
net rider
This was a pleasurable read dealing with the seemingly familiar subject of love that is understood naturally by few. Iris Murdoch is brilliant!
Windforge
Iris Murdoch (1919-199) wore two hats: she was an Oxford don who taught philosophy writing on that recondite subject as well as winning plaudits and fame as a bestselling novelist. "A Fairly Honorable Defeat", while not one of her best known novels, still provides a rich reading experience. The novel is written for mature adults and its themes of love in many incarnations (sexual, parental, homosexual) will keep readers flipping through all 412 small printed pages.
Murdoch is known for liming complex human beings. Included in her large cast are:
Julian Knight-A concentration camp survivor who carries on an affair with Morgan.
Morgan-She is wed to Tallis but is unfaithful to him. During the course of the novel this mantrap has romantic feelings for Rupert; his son Peter; and the puppet master extraordinaire Julian King (she had an abortion of his child while living with him in the United States.
Rupert and his wife Hilda. Rupert is a professor writing a book; Hilda is his wife. She is a good woman whose beauty and intellectual acument has been eclipsed by her sister Morgan.
Peter-the son of Rupert and Hilda. He is attract3ed to Morgan. The lad lives as a lodger at the home of Tallis. He drops out of college but due to the urgings of his aunt Morgan he returns to Cambridge. He is a troubled young man.
Tallis is the estranged husband of Morgan. He works at teaching adults and deals with the problems experienced by his dying father Leonard. He is a sympathetic character.
Simon and Alex. Simon is the homosexual brother of Rupert and the lover of Alex who works in British government.
A surprise tragedy ends the book. The plot reads like an intellectual soap opera. Some will not find the "bang" worth the buck of reading this long book. For other readers it is the journey that makes Murdoch's works worthwhile. She is good at:
a. Exploring the inner thoughts and motivations of her characters.
b. Using symbols-e.g. the dead hedgehog in the pool which is a foreshadowing of a major character's death in tha same pool.
c. Excellent setting of scenes and a poetic use of language in painting her character's personalities.
d. An ability to draw the innerconnection of her characters lives. Some readers will have trouble and grow irritated by the many plots and characters one is asked to keep straight. Murdoch is not an easy read!
The book's most important character is Julian King who plays tricks on the characters through the use of switching letters. He is a manipulator and a monster.
Murdoch works among the elevated milieu of well to do intellectuals. This material is rarefied and will not appeal to many readers. Those who enjoy her novels will like this well done effort.
Gralinda
While not on the same scale as her five star,"The Sea, The Sea", this is ,none the less , one of Murdoch's best. A wonderful read!
Tejar
This is quite simply one of the best books I have ever read. After reading it, I started reading other Murdoch novels. Many have been good or so-so. This, however, is unalloyed genius.
Good but disappointed at incorrect use of words by an author of I M's calibre and errors in printing (That is the publisher /printer, not the author )