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Loved this, Henry, thank you for sharing it. I've never read any Iris Murdoch, but I'll plan to (your book is a bit higher up my list!)

Given Murdoch's emphasis on the struggle between good and evil in her novels and her belief that literature should challenge the reader's moral compass, how do you think her portrayal of morally ambiguous characters contributes to the reader's understanding of morality and the human condition, rather than their confusion?

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Feb 6Liked by Henry Oliver

I really enjoyed this. Where should I start with Murdoch? Her strangeness particularly appeals to me.

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Feb 6Liked by Henry Oliver

Confession: All I’ve read of Iris Murdoch is her only published short story, ‘Something Special’ which was so heart-breaking it put me off reading anything else. However, on the strength of what you’ve written here I think I probably ought to risk a novel.

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Feb 6Liked by Henry Oliver

thank you, thank you. Read some of Murdoch when young and am reminded to reread now in old age. Books still in my library so handy.

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Feb 5Liked by Henry Oliver

Thanks for a great read! Will share with some in my book group who may also want to (re-)read Murdoch.

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I think should learn more about archetypes.

With Murdoch, do you think The Sea, The Sea might be a good place to start? am totally new to her

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This is helpful, but I am still struggling. I'm sure 30 years ago I read and enjoyed several Murdoch novels, possibly The Black Prince, and The Sea, The Sea. Now when I am researching the lives of a couple of women at Oxbridge late 1930s I thought she would be an obvious person to reconnect with, and picked up Under the Net, but I am really struggling to finish it, the characters are so unappealing. Have I just picked the wrong one?

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