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Under the Net Paperback – October 27, 1977
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Iris Murdoch?s first novel is a gem ? set in a part of London where struggling writers rub shoulders with successful bookies, and film starlets with frantic philosophers. Its hero, Jake Donaghue, is a likable young man who makes a
living out of translation work and sponging off his friends. A meeting with Anna, an old flame, leads him into a series of fantastic adventures. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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The one non-ancillary character is "Mrs. Tinck", the news store proprietor, who, benevolent soul that she is, comes across as an interesting person in her own right. The book effectively begins and ends in her shop. She is also the one who, gently, helps Jake to take himself less seriously. She accomplished this, in a scene at the end of the story, in a fashion that left me smiling as I closed the book.
While some of the plotting seems unnecessarily complicated, some of the dialogue far too (intentionally?) stilted, and there are too many coincidences, the overall effect of this book is dazzling. The best scenes: Jake and Finn stealing Mars; Jake following Anna into the Tuileries Gardens; and all the scenes with Mrs. Tinck more than offset the comparative clunkers with Lefty Todd and Hugo.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cheap paper, print too small, spelling errors. Penguin shouldn't have bragged on the back cover about what a fine printing company they are. Should have gotten it on Kindle!Published 4 months ago by James R. Larkin
The ideal gift for my wife who has recently discovered the achievements of Iris Murdoch.Published 10 months ago by EdJoanne Hollatz
I am giving this 3 stars simply because I think it would be presumptuous to give a classic fewer stars than that. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Looking for a Fun Read
I got this as a gift for someone. Let me say that Under the Net is a very fine book and for sure check it out. But the print job stinks. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Lzebra
I really disliked this book and the characters. I thought the author over described many of the scenes, such as when Jake is following Anna, whom he "thinks" he loves, all... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Elizabeth Girardeau
It's okay, but not what I expected--based on description and reviews. The writing is a little stilted and I have yet to find any of the humor others mentioned. Read morePublished 15 months ago by life is fun