A Fairly Honourable Defeat

A Fairly Honourable Defeat

Book - 1970
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Publisher: Toronto : Clarke, Irwin, 1970.
Characteristics: 402 p.


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Oct 08, 2020

This is a hilarious but serious novel about deception and betrayal, cruel compacts made recklessly, and forgiveness. Murdoch dives deep into complex psychological and philosophical justifications and personal metaphysical experiences from the point of view of several friends. Morgan leaves her hapless husband for a rich and charming intellectual. When things go badly she assumes (correctly) her sister’s loyal support, then becomes involved with her brother-in-law. My favorite character, in fact the only likable honest person in the story, is the much-maligned and cuckolded Tallis. Selfish Julius is beyond hope. Brilliant.

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