The Black Prince (Google eBook)

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Penguin, Mar 25, 2003 - Fiction - 448 pages
4 Reviews
Bradley Pearson, an unsuccessful novelist in his late fifties, has finally left his dull office job as an Inspector of Taxes. Bradley hopes to retire to the country, but predatory friends and relations dash his hopes of a peaceful retirement. He is tormented by his melancholic sister, who has decided to come live with him; his ex-wife, who has infuriating hopes of redeeming the past; her delinquent brother, who wants money and emotional confrontations; and Bradley's friend and rival, Arnold Baffin, a younger, deplorably more successful author of commercial fiction. The ever-mounting action includes marital cross-purposes, seduction, suicide, abduction, romantic idylls, murder, and due process of law. Bradley tries to escape from it all but fails, leading to a violent climax and a coda that casts shifting perspectives on all that has preceded.
  

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User Review  - Cameron - Goodreads

Amazing. One of those books that you don't really know what the hell it is until about half to three-quarters of the way through. Difficult to describe, perhaps a black-comedy-meets-domestic-farce ... Read full review

Review: The Black Prince

User Review  - Goodreads

Amazing. One of those books that you don't really know what the hell it is until about half to three-quarters of the way through. Difficult to describe, perhaps a black-comedy-meets-domestic-farce ... Read full review

Contents

Dedication
Part
Part Three
Postscript by Bradley Pearson
Postscript by Francis
Copyright

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About the author (2003)

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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