The Book and the Brotherhood

Author(s): Iris Murdoch
Awards:1987-Fiction-Shortlist-Man Booker Prize
Original Publish Date: Jan 01, 1989
Product Number: EB00394375
Released: Jun 05, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
ISBN: #9781101523094
Publisher: Penguin Books
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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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