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A Fairly Honourable Defeat - Iris Murdoch
A Fairly Honourable Defeat
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Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9780701115340 (0701115343)
Publisher: Chatto & Windus
Pages no: 402
Edition language: English
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Lillya rated it
4.0 A Fairly Honourable Defeat
A Fairly Honourable Defeat had a great premise. A university professor, Julius, decides to test his friends' relationships by planting ideas and otherwise messing with their lives. He doesn't believe in love or emotional bonds - for him, relationships will always be selfish and one will abandon ones...
Bookivorous rated it
5.0 A Fairly Honourable Defeat
My favourite Murdoch. The weaknesses and hypocrisies of a group of well-to-do Londoners are dissected with painful precision.
Nitya rated it
2.0 A Fairly Honourable Defeat
I liked the premise of the book - a super-scientist conducting social experiments on unsuspecting, gullible couples and siblings to reveal how our hidden desires, insecurities, needs, perceptions of self drive our relationships, and not real, true love. But I did get bogged down in parts - couldnt t...
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Cecily's book reviews rated it
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), J...
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Manny Rayner's book reviews rated it
OK, it's not really the great novel it sets out to be, but it's very entertaining. Julius King is one of my all-time favorite bad guys. Go Julius! Destroy that relationship! Drive that man to madness and despair! Cut up that dress! Do the washing-up! Sort of a high-brow Hannibal Lecter-lite, as it w...
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