Jake Donaghue, garrulous artist, meets Hugo Belfounder, silent philosopher.Jake, hack writer and sponger, now penniless flat hunter, seeks out an old girlfriend, Anna Quentin, and her glamorous actress sister, Sadie He resumes acquaintance with formidable Hugo, whose philosophy he once presumptuously dared to interpret These meetings involve Jake and his eccentric servJake Donaghue, garrulous artist, meets Hugo Belfounder, silent philosopher.Jake, hack writer and sponger, now penniless flat hunter, seeks out an old girlfriend, Anna Quentin, and her glamorous actress sister, Sadie He resumes acquaintance with formidable Hugo, whose philosophy he once presumptuously dared to interpret These meetings involve Jake and his eccentric servant companion, Finn, in a series of adventures that include the kidnapping of a film star dog and a political riot in a film set of ancient Rome Jake, fascinated, longs to learn Hugo s secret Perhaps Hugo s secret is Hugo himself Admonished, enlightened, Jake hopes at last to become a real writer.
Under the Net Jake Donaghue garrulous artist meets Hugo Belfounder silent philosopher Jake hack writer and sponger now penniless flat hunter seeks out an old girlfriend Anna Quentin and her glamorous actres
I may be alone in thinking this, but Iris Murdoch s main character here, Jake Donaghue, reminds me of Holden Caulfield of The Catcher in the Rye fame Both are seriously separated from normality, and both take us on their disjointed, almost chaotic, trips around their respective cities Jake in London and Holden in New York Salinger s novel was published in 1951, Murdoch s in 1954, but I don t think there was any influence there, at least consciously, but their similarities struck me But now over [...]
The cocky narrator of Under the Net is precisely what all true antiheroes are made of Roaming the streets of London like a vagabond though money frequently touches his hands interacting with vile people, THIS is a perpetual ode to laziness, exactly the type of thing to spark my particular interest The story is organic, its flow envious few writers can get away with such subtle themes and sensual undertow It is eerie, weirdly and mysteriously symbolic A faithful rendition of London life had not [...]
I loved this book A first person narrative about a young man on a picaresque quest for love and friendship, with a good healthy dose of philosophy added in for good measure.The part of the story that stays with me is the story around Hugo I think I liked most the idea that a friendship might end on the basis of an assumed betrayal and that the betrayal is one of the spirit and not one that occurred at all Although, that is an interesting question in itself does the person we feel we have betraye [...]
3.5 I plan to dip in and out of Liz Dexter s two year Iris Murdoch readalong project to increase my familiarity with Murdoch and get through some of the paperbacks I happen to own Even though I don t own it, I decided to join in with Under the Net 1954 to see how her fiction career began.Under the Net is narrated by Jake Donoghue, a translator who arrives back in London after a trip to France to find that he s being kicked out of the flat where he s been living for free with his friend Finn In h [...]
You can t spend too much time figuring Iris Murdoch out It s better to just buckle in with her Her characters are basically insane, and so are her plots, and so are her sentences They have a tidal effect they pull you under Under the Net reminds me of Martin Amis s Money, or accurately Money reminds me of it They feature amoral protagonists in the entertainment industry, and they re both nuts I actually think Money is a little better It s certainly amped up, which is startling considering how f [...]
I hate solitude, but I am afraid of intimacy The substance of my life is a private conversation with myself which to turn into a dialogue would be equivalent to self destruction Winner of the Booker Prize, Irish born British author Iris Murdoch s 1919 1999 1954 novel Under the Net is a philosophical fiction dealing with the exuberant spirit of existentialism and freedom in a postwar europe Under the Net is Murdoch s very first novel, and remains one of her most popular In 2005, it was nominated [...]
When I read this in college, our modern lit professor warned us against being hayseed critics We need to have a basis for our criticism, a chunk of spoken reason, or text, behind our critiques and accolades of each book we read Otherwise, we ll end up looking like the foolish critic in Norman Rockwell s painting, sucking on a strand of hay while we squint and furrow at a work of art still in progressBy the time Murdoch s book was that quarter assigned, I was trying hard not be caught with straw [...]
Description Iris Murdoch s first novel is set in a part of London where struggling writers rub shoulders with successful bookies, and film starlets with frantic philosophers Its hero, Jake Donaghue, is a drifting, clever, likeable young man who makes a living out of translation work and sponging on his friends A meeting with Anna, an old flame, leads him into a series of fantastic adventures Jake is captivated by a majestic philosopher, Hugo Belfounder, whose profound and inconclusive reflection [...]
It seems to me that most male authors have male central characters, and female authors female central characters, especially when the novel is in the first person It also seems to me that female authors in general create believable female central characters, and male authors in general believable male characters, especially concerning central characters and particularly when in the first person narrative This shouldn t be surprising That said, this novel, for me, is the best exception to this [...]
Iris Murdoch is among my favorite writers I ve read 4 books by her so far this is the 4th and I was amazed with her capacity to touch psychology and philosophy at the same time, while focusing on crucial moments from the lives of her characters I read The Sea, The Sea her Man Booker Prize work and I considered it stunning, but the other books I read by her were even powerful than her award winning novel Starting a novel is opening a door on a misty landscape you can still see very little but yo [...]
I don t think I ll ever tire of Iris Murdoch and am on a mission to read every book in her oeuvre.Under the Net is a brilliant book about language and its inability to express certain things It s leitmotif is that life is an amalgamation of meaningless events to which only the individual gives meaning It s a very British book and is full of sounds and rhythms of London life.
This is my first Iris Murdoch novel although I ve been meaning to read something of hers for years and I was half expecting it to be dense and somewhat stuffy literary award winning author and all that jazz Much to my great delight, it was no such thing.This book has a likeable, somewhat puckish, picaresque protagonist who leads you through a few days of his life in a conversational, easy to read style We see the carousel of his relationships as the people in his life dance around him, we witnes [...]
At the beginning I was enjoying this semi farcical semi philosophical novel I love the ridiculousness of the entire plot and the characters but after a while it just became a bore Once I hit the last hundred page stretch I found myself picking it up, reading ten pages, and putting it down again ad nauseum It was a bit of a struggle to finish However this book has not put me off Murdoch s work thankfully so I will be revisiting her again sometime in the future.
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Her first published novel, set in contemporary 50s London Aimless youth gets philosophical He oughtn t to be a sympathetic character and nothing much happens, but it s strangely compelling.
I found it impressive for a first novel, but I only semi liked it The First Person POV misanthropic antihero reminded somewhat of Salinger the highly detailed descriptions reminded me somewhat of A S Byatt, and the semantics linguistics philosophy reminded me strongly of Alfred Korzybski and S I Hayakawa I admire all of these other writers and thinkers, so I m surprised I didn t like it than I did Maybe the wandering nature of the plot left me wanting narrative pull Whatever, I d like to try a [...]
Only a few weeks late, I finished this book for a July literary birthday read What an odd book At first, I took it seriously that is, until I realized that it was meant to be funny Parts of it were totally absurd and reminded me of that crazy movie that the Beatles put out in 1964 A Hard Day s Night , which was a madcap romp around London No particular destination, just following whims and the needs of the moment Running from people racing around trying to find other people It was funny for a wh [...]
Absolutely loved reading this again it was a hoot from start to finish What an entertaining experience this was.Witty, sharp, hilarious and colourful are the only words I can use to describe this tale of the hapless anti hero, Jake Donaghue At times this reminded me a little of Richard E Grant s wonderful Withnail character of the film theatrical, fully versed in the power of the English language, sponger, all time heavy drinker and leading the most charmed existence possible in 1950 s London Al [...]
Iris Murdoch is very good at contemplative, philosophical novels This one, her debut, is also very funny.It follows the wanderings of a young man called Jake, through London, through his thoughts and through his attempts to understand other people He is not very good at relating to others, Jakes world revolves around Jake He is self centred in a way many young men are, not because he is selfish, but because he cannot empathise, however much he might like to This makes Jake both irritating and en [...]
I really find it hard to put in words why I have come to love Iris Murdoch I was first exposed to her writing with The Black Prince It isn t the plot or even really the characters that draws me in In point of fact, I really don t like the people in her books In this book, however, there is a lot humor to be had It is like a slow, drawn out Wodehouse novel So, it must be something about her writing that I like That must be it It s a comfortable style A soothing style I will have to find of her [...]
In doing a little prereading about Iris Murdoch before attempting her first novel, inspired by Liz Dexter s librofulltime.wordpress Iris Murdoch readalong, I was growing intimidated Nominated for the Booker six times, won with The Sea, The Sea, a philosophy teacher at Oxford This did not bode well for a simple, fun read and yet it was Philosophical icons like Kant and Plato are mentioned in passing, Hugo and Jake s conversations skirt philosophical issues and towards the end even truth and God c [...]
I thought this was a wonderful book, though apparently the author herself didn t rate it very highly The central character, Jake Donaghue, is a deeply flawed, self absorbed artistic underachiever of the type that Murdoch went on to develop so memorably in later novels like The Black Prince and The Sea, The Sea Under the Net is not as savagely funny as those books but has a greater innocence and vitality, probably because of the main character s and the author s relative youth Because of this, Do [...]
Not particularly humorous the inclusion of this novel under the Comedy section of the Guardian s list made me anticipate something funnier That said, I did enjoy it and perhaps if you are a writer, Jake might seem comic.I liked Murdoch s writing style look forward to reading some of her other books such as The Sea, the Sea.
Irish novelist Iris Murdoch s debut novel Under the Net is, at least in theory, one of those thrilling On the Road style chronicles of youth spent without responsibility, thus creating interesting adventures populated by larger than life characters However, what separates Under the Net from other, similar novels is, simply, that the characters are with the exception of Jake not interesting in the slightest Murdoch spends a great fraction of the book explaining to the reader precisely why Jake s [...]
I wish widened its rating scale My opinion of this book falls somewhere in the area between really liked it and it was amazing It s a kind of really, REALLY liked it.I usually enjoy reading a novel s page on after finishing the book Seeing my thoughts reflected in other readers reviews gives me narcissistic pleasure and keeps at bay any urge to write my own Today, however, I was bitterly disappointed so many complaints against this marvelous piece The story is too chaotic, pointless, improbable, [...]
This if the first Iris Murdoch novel her debut novel I ve read, and though I don t like to give up on a writer after only one try, I m trying to imagine why I might want to read any of her work I gave the book 2 stars it was ok because it was ok, but only just ok She can write and form lovely sentences, but the story was so anemic and undercooked I ve lost my appetite.I spent the past few days wondering Is there something wrong with this book Or is there something wrong with my expectations as [...]
20BooksOfSummerThe book sounds like a very simple story young author with a fear of committment girlfriends refuses to apply himself and write books without paraphrasingother peoples words Hugo.If you look beneath this narrative you will discoverthe magnificent allusions The Aeneid water, rivers, rebirth Murdoch uses.This is an amazing writing achievement r a first novel
Under the Net is Iris Murdoch s first novel It s a fun romp with plenty of laughs, some great set pieces and decent philosophical ruminations It has its flaws, but nothing that should stop you reading it Very funny stuff.
I was sad to see this book end, I had such a lovely time reading itch a delight The ending was quite sweet and perfect.
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