A severed head is a satirical sometimes farcical 1961 novel by iris murdochit was murdochs fifth published novel primary themes include marriage adultery and incest within a group of civilised and educated people set in and around london it depicts a power struggle between grown up middle class people who are lucky to be free of real problems. From one of my favorite british authors iris murdoch unravels the many guises of love and how it results to different types of violence us human beings are capable of a severed head murdochs fifth novels starts with martin lynch gibbon enjoying a lazy afternoon together with his mistress georgie in her apartment as he ponders his life. A severed head iris murdoch on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers a novel about the frightfulness and ruthlessness of being in love martin lynch gibson believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover but when his wife. The complete reviews review a severed head is narrated by wine merchant martin lynch gibbon and the story begins with him at age forty one fairly happily married to antonia and with a young mistress georgie on the side the arrangement suits him just fine as is but of course it doesnt stay as is in fact it gets very very messy very very fast. These two major novels by one of the most influential british writers of the twentieth century are ferociously dark comedies that combine playfulness with profundity a severed head 1961 is one of iris murdochs most entertaining works tracing the turbulent emotional journey of martin
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