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The Nice and the Good Hardcover – 1 Jan 1968


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Chatto & Windus; First Edition edition (1 Jan 1968)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0701112611
  • ISBN-13: 978-0701112615
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14.7 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,737,226 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Iris Murdoch is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour" (The Times)

"Iris Murdoch was one of the best and most influential writers of the twentieth century" (Guardian)

"Irish Murdoch's most versitile novel, and chief among them is the pleasure which the authors take in her characters" (Country Life)

"Just as Jane Austen defines moral categories like "sense" and "sensibility" in her novels, so Iris Murdoch creates new constellations of meaning around those stand-bys of ordinary language, the nice and the good" (Atlantic) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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Iris Murdoch really knows how to write, can tell a story, delineate a character, catch an atmosphere with deadly accuracy

John Betjeman

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By trendytracey on 1 Jun 2013
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When the mysterious Radeechy kills himself at the office, he unknowingly sparks a whirlwind of emotion and intrigue in London and Dorset, during a stifling long summer.
Poor, genial Octavian is left the tedious task of investigating the incident and wastes no time in delagating it to worrisome John Ducane.
Although Ducane is introduced as the fancy man of Kate, Octavian's wife, on her terms and amongst her family of misfits and strays in Dorset, it can be argued that he is the moral centre of the novel. He navigates through the broken relationships of himself and his friends and keeps a steady hand in uncovering the truth behind the magical affairs at Whitehall.
This novel was shortlisted for the Man Booker prize in 1969 and although the writing plants it clearly in this time period, the story feels fresh and relevant still.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on 5 Feb 2013
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I am rereading this after many years and appreciating it even more this time: Wonderfully detailed physical descriptions, such beautifully drawn characters and extremely thought provoking themes.
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An enjoyable read about a group of friends and how they interact with each other. John Ducane so wants to be seen as a good man and yet gets himself involved in a murder enquiry that leads him to meet some strange people and allows himself to get into compromising situatiosn that he deals with well. A sexual tension runs through the book from the unrequited love of the teenager Peirce who is rebuffed by Barabra until near the end, after which he is no longer interested in her, (the old old story) to John D realising that he loves Mary only when he thinks he is near death. Intertesting couple Kate and Octavian who think they are good but in fact are rather complacent and not particularly good at all. The only innocents being the twins Edward and Henrietta who are very nice children with a love for nature and a compassion for people that comes through.
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