An Unofficial Rose

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Open Road Media, Jul 20, 2010 - Fiction - 287 pages
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A powerful novel of a family’s search for love amid the wreckage of failed relationships An Unofficial Rose is a story of a father and son, both dissatisfied with their lives, and both in love with someone other than their wives. While the father, a widower, regrets never leaving his wife for his mistress, the son seeks any opportunity to escape his dull marriage. Written with Murdoch’s masterful blend of comedy and tragedy, An Unofficial Rose is a compelling story of love, regret, and the complexity of human relationships.



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I got this author from a book that I was reading and she turned out to be a very difficult writer, but I did finish the book. I will not read any more of hers. Read full review

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Good stuff here: a house with animate reactions, characters with unclear outcomes (all except the one who had died before the story started), descriptions of scenes and relationships, and philosophy. Read full review


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PART FOUR Chapter 18
PART SIX Chapter 29
A Biography of Iris Murdoch

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Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) is the author of twenty-six novels, including Under the Net, The Black Prince, and The Sea, The Sea, as well as several plays and a volume of poetry. Murdoch taught philosophy at Oxford before leaving to write fulltime, winning such literary awards as the Booker Prize and the PEN Gold Pen for Distinguished Service to Literature.

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