Review: Iris Murdoch’s “Under the Net”

by writereaderly

iris murdoch under the netNow this is a rare reading experience: a book for which I seek the book based on the title and author, and I have no idea what it’s about – nor does the hardback binding bear any blurb. It turns out that this is a social mystery of some kind, where writer-narrator Jake Donaghue tracks the fate of his former love Anna, his lost manuscript translation of The Wooden Nightingale, and the canine star Mr Mars. The novel takes bizarre twists, has excellent comic scenes, and reveals just cleverly it was plotted and put together – not a character or aside is wasted as Murdoch brings her narrative to a close. A great book, most impressive. Highly recommended. And, thank god, one on KAM’s list that was enjoyment and didn’t feel like homework.

Where it came from: Library stacks
Time and manner of reading:
Bedtime sampler, then increasingly admiring reads over the course of a day
Where it went: Home
Reminds me of/that: Of all things, The Big Lebowski
Who I’d recommend it to: Readers after a goody
Also reading: The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon; Being Alive edited by Neil Astley; The Politics of Ecstasy by Timothy Leary