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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.
I found the novel fast paced and easy to read and the humor, typical of the British, very subtle.
One of the most interesting aspects of this book is that it consists of a first person narrative of a male character, written by a woman.
It is a great thing to make someone laugh out loud while reading and this book did it continually.
The ideal gift for my wife who has recently discovered the achievements of Iris Murdoch.Published 27 days 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 3 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 3 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 3 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 5 months ago by life is fun
I first read this book as a young girl and do remember being unimpressed. A few decades later with maturity and more worldly wisdom under my belt (and many books) I have to say I... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Annie
i love anything by Iris Murdoch and really enjoyed this. highly recommend.Published 7 months ago by GT Melb
I love the book so I don't want to subtract stars - but the Kindle proof-reading was ridiculously poor. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Markoff Chane
It's supposed to be like new and there's a lot of writing inside the book, some of the corners are worn and there's a lot of marks on the front cover. Definitely not like new.Published 7 months ago by Emily