I have often seen "The Flight from The Enchanter " referred to as a failure as a novel and it is usually omitted from lists of Iris Murdoch's best novels. I read it first as a teenager and I read it again recently after seeing the "Iris" film starring Judi Dench. If it is a "failure" it is a very enjoyable one and like all Murdoch's novels is gripping, full of incident and a good read. It's a slightly baffling book: a group of people find themselves drawn to and repelled from a mysterious power figure, the enigmatic millionaire Mischa Fox. Mischa seems to enjoy the exercise of control over others. Sometimes this control seems benign, somtimes palpably evil. A henchman, Calvin Blick, is a pornographer and blackmailer. Mischa Fox is, the novel seems to say, a bad thing, a dangerous person. The fault though lies with those who allow themselves to be enchanted by him. Other sorts of bad faith are also on offer: the career minded and scheming Miss Casement, a stagey fake suicide by a young heiress. I think it's about how evil occurs when good people sleep and how we should reflect on what happens when we find out we have another individual in our power (namely give this power up for our own as well as their sake). At least I think this is what it may be about, I don't think there's a simple take home message. In case this all seems a bit heavy I should also say that this is also a comic novel and there are some wondeful scenes, for example, with a group of aging sufragettes.