what a waste of time.
I have read and enjoyed Iris Murdoch's The Bell The Bell (Vintage Classics)
and ADORED the incomparable The Sea, The Sea.The Sea, the Sea
(in my top 10 ever books, I reckon) but A Severed head was a plotless, characterless, repetetive and lazy novel which did not make sense in terms of motivation or psychology. Dull characters saying silly and outrageous things and behaving like 2-D written characters, not like people.
Bed-hopping, philosophy-spouting drearyness and the fog! Oh my goodness - the heavy-handed 'infernal' fog. we get it. He's on an dante-esque descent into a personal hell. WE GET IT! What a dull read.
There was too much "steadycam" action describing characters again and again pouring wine, making tea, trying to sleep. Only 200 hundred words and so many of them superfluous.
Iris Murdoch is worth reading. This is not. It does not do her justice