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A Fairly Honourable Defeat Review ✓ 102 ☆ ✤ A Fairly Honourable Defeat Download ➸ Author Iris Murdoch – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk Hilda Foster is alone in an isolated cottage when she receives an important telephone call She must get in touch with her husband but it is virtually impossible How can she avert the crisiHilda Foster is alone in an isolated cottage when she receives an important telephone call She must get in touch with her husband but it is virtually impossible How can she avert the c. I have enjoyed this book a lot I have found it humorous Never was I bored From the start to the finish my head was busy The story focuses on character portrayal rather than plot Events circle around nine characters Only nine there are no subsidiary figures We start with a husband and wife—Rupert and Hilda Foster It is their twentieth wedding anniversary They have a solid marriage They have a son named Peter He is at Cambridge Into the picture is drawn Hilda’s younger sister Morgan Browne Morgan’s jilted husband Tallis Browne and Tallis’ elderly father named Leonard He has an ache; is it arthritis Two family members left to be mentioned are Rupert’s younger homosexual brother Simon Foster and his partner Axel Nilsson One character remains He is not part of the family Let’s call him the disturbing outside element He is a biochemist named Julius King These are the nine characters All nine live in the world of academia university lecturers and a student writers and authors a scientist individuals concerned with the arts and design philosophy literature semantics philology Conversations revolve around philosophizing and theorizing at times leaning towards the esoteric All are well to do One’s attention is drawn to understanding each of the nine—their personalities and the complicated relationships existing between them No relationship is simple or straightforward Each character has opinions about the others It is up to the reader to figure out what is true and what is not The focus is on how each behaves and why they behave as they do What are the underlying motivations One observes a split between elegant philosophical reasoning and realityOne can uestion if plot events are realistic Could would what happens here occur In the given situations that arise what the characters say and do seem reasonable natural feasible The conseuences turn out disastrous “How did this happen” you ask And yet as a whole that which unrolls seems unbelievable This you find yourself thinking about too One element of the story I did not like view spoilerthat Julius had during the war been incarcerated at the concentration camp Bergen Belsen This is thrown in at the very end Is it meant as an explanation for his bizarre behavior If this is what is implied it is not adeuately developed hide spoiler

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Iblings to betray their loyalties A Fairly ePUB #9734 to one another Melodramatic incidents purloined letters apparently unmotivated actions abound as this dark comedy of errors unfold. This is a tangled web set in the late 60s concerning Rupert and Hilda; their 20 year old drop out son Peter; Rupert’s younger brother Simon and his boyfriend Axel; Hilda’s unstable younger sister Morgan and her estranged husband Tallis and her former lover and college friend of Rupert and Axel JuliusThings are intertwined from the start but later there are strong echoes of Shakespeare’s Midsummer Night’s Dream when the stage is set for a non magical enchantment leading to illusions of love and betrayal with the metaphorical puppeteer appearing to soothe whilst actually sowing doubts and creating scenarios Although the story is entirely naturalistic rather than magical realism etc there are occasions when some of the characters think they sense supernatural demons or ghosts yet none of them realise the real power that is manipulating their livesIt opens inauspiciously with a long conversation between Rupert and Hilda which explains the back story but which they would not be discussing in that way between themselves However after that it becomes a trademark Murdoch psychological novel In some ways her protagonists are a little like the British euivalent of Woody Allen’s shrink addicted New Yorkers as they endlessly analyse their relationships interconnectedness motives etcThe narrative slips seamlessly between pages of pure dialogue to descriptive passages In some of the dialogue sections it is not always clear who is saying what but that is actually very effective especially when there is a large gathering with multiple conversations and the reader is effectively eaves hopping between themThe book is slightly dated in places especially early on when Murdoch seems embarrassed about the terminology regarding Simon and Axel “liaison” “association” “his friend” and there are a couple of awkward racial comments but mostly it reads very well and would also be good for a reading group though probably too unfashionable to be picked – unless it rose to prominence on the back of a film You could spend ages merely on “Both you and X are wounded people X is the wounded because X is the guilty and for that reason is probably the proud” And “Good is dull What novelist ever succeeded in making a good man interesting” Fortunately this novel devotes plenty of pages to those who are not goodI’d love to read another book about Julius so this one must have been excellent

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A Fairly Honourable DefeatRisisHilda's troubles began when she trusts a slippery intellectual called Julius King who decides to demonstrate how he can persuade easily loving couples caring friends and devoted s. I read Iris Murdoch and then I wonder why I ever read anything else Brilliant characters fabulous set pieces It should be an opera The dialogue the philosophy and the plot can be a bit clunky but everything is forgiven because it is so dramatic and the characters so charmingI've decided that with Iris Murdoch I know I’m going to love it when a it is set in London and or b I have to write my own list of characters inside the front cover to keep a track of everyone'Your letters weren't terribly informative actually They moved from the curt to the enigmatic to the frantic''And take eating if you're lucky enough to do any Stuffing pieces of dead animals into a hole in your face Then munch munch munch If there's anybody watching they must be dying of laughter'as if his mouth were a sea anemone trying to turn itself inside out'Well why don’t you treat yourself to a shave if it comes to that You look like something growing on the side of a tree trunk The sort of thing you can't resist scraping off with your foot and then wish you hadn’t''It's so gorgeously untidy like London''Exactly I love the village life of Rome''Those innumerable little suares''And the fountains''And the white statues among the trees''And the ancient pillars built into Renaissance walks''And the neon lights at night on tawny coloured houses''And the naked boys bathing in the Tiber''Ah the naked boys bathing in the Tiber'This could go on forever thought Simon'I couldn’t live like that''Like what Without a false picture of yourself''No In cynicism''Why use that nasty word Let us say a sensible acceptance of the second rate''I won’t accept the second rate''If you stay in the same house as yourself you may have to'How could her dreamy converse with Rupert have occasioned have caused this terrible violence It was like the humming of a song causing an aeroplane crashHe remembered Morgan's jokey self consciousness about her wedding ring and the peculiar shy ache of his pleasure when she displayed it