Under the Net

Under the Net

A Novel

Book - 1954
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Publisher: London : Chatto & Windus, c1954.
Characteristics: 286 p.


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Sep 05, 2020

Like most slackers, Jake Donaghue seldom puts thought into the future or the consequences of his actions.

Hoping to find a free place to stay, Jake visits his old girlfriend Anna and her actress sister Sadie. He then attempts to re-connect with his estranged friend Hugo. Jake was once close to each of these people but left them abruptly when he felt uncomfortable.

Iris Murdoch's "Under the Net" takes us through Jake's misadventures, including his kidnapping of a movie star dog, a riot on a film set, and an escape from a hospital.

The book focuses on miscommunications and the resulting misunderstandings and the incorrect perceptions that people tend to have of one another. Jake spends much of the novel searching for someone. He is ultimately searching for himself.

It is a farcical story of the self-destruction of a likeable rogue.

And it is great fun!

May 30, 2020

recc the millions , comic, about language, restrictions

Feb 28, 2013

A brilliantly funny tale involving an unemployed writer evicted by his girlfriend who wanders about London finds himself involved in a quest for a old philosopher/friend, involved in the dogknapping of a canine film star, a labor riot at a film studio, a quest for his true love and learns that all in life is not what it seems. A five star read in my book.

patienceandfortitude Jun 17, 2012

I found this book enjoyable, enertaining and well-written. But it disappointed me because it was on the list of The Modern Library's 100 Best Novels and I just didn't think it was that great.

Jul 13, 2010

I really, really enjoyed this book. Iris Murdoch created a wonderful illusion for me. The plot was a bit light relying on several coincidences that I saw coming - however, terrifically complex and original characters, humour, and a touch of philosophy made this one of my favourite reads of 2010..

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