A Fairly Honourable Defeat, A, Paperback Book
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In this dark comedy of errors, Iris Murdoch portrays the mischief wrought by Julius, a cynical intellectual who decides to demonstrate through a Machiavellian experiment how easily loving couples, caring friends, and devoted siblings can betray their loyalties.

As puppet master, Julius artfully plays on the human tendency to embrace drama and intrigue and to prefer the distraction of confrontations to the difficult effort of communicating openly and honestly.


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Like so many of Iris Murdoch's novels, this is well written, entertaining and full of ideas. Probably not quite her best but still worth reading.

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