By Iris Murdoch
In a gloomy comedy of blunders, Iris Murdoch portrays the mischief wrought by way of Julius, a cynical highbrow who makes a decision to illustrate via a Machiavellian test how simply loving undefined, worrying buddies, and dedicated siblings can betray their loyalties. As puppet grasp, Julius artfully performs at the human tendency to include drama and intrigue and to favor the distraction of confrontations to the tough attempt of speaking overtly and truthfully.
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A Fairly Honourable Defeat by Iris Murdoch