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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (398 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Iris Murdoch Narrator: Juliet Mills Publisher: Phoenix Books Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Iris Murdoch's 26th novel is a romp as well as an homage to that master of convoluted comedy, Shakespeare. She has adopted a syncopated, slightly mocking tone, and many scenes have a distinctly theatrical air. She has also achieved a disarming sense of timelessness, due in part to the fact that her eccentric characters, a close-knit circle of friends, are extremely well-off and spend their days and nights dashing between their country estates and their London houses.

The tale begins on the eve of a wedding. Edward is to marry the lovely Marian. Benet, his rather fussy friend and neighbor, is in charge of the proceedings. Marian's note leaves everyone in a tizzy.

Who is Jackson? Where is Marian? The darkness of mystery mingles with the lightness of comedy for something completely different.

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  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Heidi | 2/13/2014

    " Iris Murdoch already had alzheimer's when she wrote this, her last book, and you can tell. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Laura | 2/10/2014

    " Very intentionally a take on Shakespearean comedy. Almost a bit too much for me, really. When I learned that the quiet boy from Scotland who works in a bookstore one day a week also just happens to be a millionaire running an international paper-making business, I almost quit reading...But Murdoch's characters are always so beautifully human and the language so achingly exact, I can't help but love it all anyway. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 by Megan | 1/31/2014

    " Way over my head and what I did understand was extremely boring. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Melanie | 1/18/2014

    " I've never read Iris Murdoch and thought that I should. But I found this book rather tedious: the characters were a little silly and flat. The "all's well that ends well" denoument was ridiculous, everyone at last in bed with THE ONE they were destined for. I found moments of grace in the writing, though, and after reading some of the other online reviews I think I now understand why I didn't care for it. Apparently this was her last book and doesn't represent her best work. I'll try again with one of her better-known novels. "

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