Iris Murdoch was that rare and wondrous thing - a world-class philosopher who was also a world-class writer. She also thought that literature and philosophy were contrary pursuits, an interesting assertion that should really be discussed at a philosophical fiction book club!
We'll meet to discuss Murdoch's first and arguably most philosophical novel - Under the Net. Expect musings on love, fame, wealth, the philosophy of language and a 14-year-old Alsatian movie star.
Summary from goodreads:
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 reflections give the book its title - under the net of language.