The Book and the Brotherhood by Iris Murdoch
A Story about Love and Friendship and Marxism (Penguin Fiction)

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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.

About Iris Murdoch

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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 January 1, 1989 by Penguin Books. 610 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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``Fertile in the arts of language, story and philosophy, Murdoch brilliantly entertains the robust reader,'' said PW . The author's 23rd novel, this concerns a male and female, bookishly inclined ``br

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