The Book and the Brotherhood

The Book and the Brotherhood

by Iris Murdoch

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A story about love and friendship and Marxism

Many years ago Gerard Hernshaw and his friends “commissioned” one of their number to write a political book.

Time passes and opinions change. “Why should we go on supporting a book which we detest?” Rose Curtland asks. “The brotherhood of Western intellectuals versus the book of history,” Jenkin Riderhood suggests. The theft of a wife further embroils the situation. Moral indignation must be separated from political disagreement.

Tamar Hernshaw has a different trouble and a terrible secret. Can one die of shame? In another quarter a suicide pact seems the solution. Duncan Cambus thinks that since it is a tragedy, someone must die. Someone dies. Rose, who has gone on loving without hope, at least deserves a reward.

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ISBN-13: 9781101523094
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/1989
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 624
File size: 702 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Iris Murdoch (1919–1999) was born in Dublin and brought up in London. She studied philosophy at Cambridge and was a philosophy fellow at St. Anne's College for 20 years. She published her first novel in 1954 and was instantly recognized as a major talent. She went on to publish more than 26 novels, as well as works of philosophy, plays, and poetry.

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The Book and the Brotherhood 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
LyzzyBee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
30 Dec 1990I knew this was one of my favourite Murdochs, but couldn't remember why, past Gerard's magnificently described parrot, Grey. Well, there are pretty well the only two scenes in Murdoch to bring a tear to my eye... one of my favourite characters in all of her works, Jenkin Riderhood, a discussion of what happens when a group of friends who set up a fund to support the writing of a Marxist tome turn away from the extreme left and, indeed, the author, and beautifully-realised portraits of the subtleties of friendship as well as of marriage.This is Murdoch at the height of her powers still; an engaing, absorbing read with a wonderful cast of characters, some great set-pieces, a good cat, a marvellous parrot and a book you can't put down, even though it's 600 pages long.
Arctic-Stranger on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What happens when you change your beliefs, but don't let your practices catch up? This is a typical Murdoch novel, in that the major characters have significant relationship issues. At times (like the winter visit) the novel feels warm and cosy, but also at times frightening. Basically a group of college mates are supporting someone who will write The Book critiqueing society. Of course as the years progress they discover that they are all now heavily integrated into that society, and the person who is chosen to write it will never finish it, and is dangerous as well.
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