A Severed Head

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Vintage, 2001 - Fiction - 208 pages
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Martin Lynch-Gibbon believes he can possess 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. He attempts to behave beautifully and sensibly. Then he meets a woman whose demonic splendour at first repels him and later arouses a consuming and monstrous passion. As his Medusa informs him, 'this is nothing to do with happiness'.

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User Review  - datrappert - LibraryThing

I really did not like this book when I was assigned it in college. Even now, thinking about the male protagonist makes me remember not liking the book. It probably deserves a more adult perspective on my part, but for now, I'm sticking with the assessment of my teenage self. Read full review

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User Review  - amerynth - LibraryThing

I believe "A Severed Head" is the fourth Iris Murdoch book I've read. I have to say it doesn't rank up there as one of my favorites, but I found to be completely entertaining and fun. The novel is the ... Read full review

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About the author (2001)

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 February 1999.

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