AN Accidental Man by Iris Murdoch

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A scintillating novel of fate, accidents, and moral dilemmas

Set in the time of the Vietnam War, this story concerns the plight of a young American, happily installed in a perfect job in England, engaged to a wonderful girl, who is suddenly drafted to a war he disapproves of.

What is duty here, what is self-interest, what is cowardice? Austin Gibson Grey, the accidental man of the title, is accident-prone, also prone to bring disaster to his friend sand relations. He blames fate. But are we not all accidental, one of his victims asks. Fate and accidents make deep moral dilemmas for the characters in the long and complex tale.

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Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She is the author of 26 novels and several works of philosophy. She died in 1999.
Published March 1, 1988 by Penguin Books. 452 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Absolute contradiction seemed at the heart of things and yet the system was there, the secret logic of the world, its only logic, its only sense."" Thus Garth -- the thinker, quester, do-gooder of lris Murdoch's new and ambitious novel (gone is the bizarrerie -- gone the symbolism) -- tries to re...

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