Under the net: a novel

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Chatto & Windus, 1954 - Fiction - 286 pages
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Iris Murdoch's first novel is set in a part of London where struggling writers meet with successful bookies and film starlets with frantic philosophers. Jake Donaghue, a likeable young man making his living from translation work and sponging on friends, meets up with an old flame, Anna and is led into a series of fantastic adventures. He is captivated by majestic philosopher, Hugo Belfounder, whose profoundly inconclusive reflections give the book its title, under the net of language.

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User Review  - Sam - Goodreads

This tells the story of a Jake Donaghue, a penniless, would-be high-brow writer. He drinks a lot, mooches off friends a lot, and basically wasting his life and his talent. As one character remarks to ... Read full review

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User Review  - Hossain Salahuddin - Goodreads

"I hate solitude, but I am afraid of intimacy. The substance of my life is a private conversation with myself which to turn into a dialogue would be equivalent to self-destruction" Winner of the ... Read full review


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Iris Murdoch was one of the twentieth century's most prominent novelists, winner of the Booker Prize for The Sea. She died in 1999.

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