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on 15 February 2010
This book of letters and diary entries gives the reader a great insight into the mind of Iris Murdoch and reveals her talent for writing, her love of the arts (acting in particular) and her early interest in philosophy. A must have for all Iris Murdoch fans and a good book in its own right. The letters reveal things about the characters of the writers and give us a picture of what life was like for those young students at Oxford, and elsewhere, no doubt, on the eve, during and after the war. We read about how other countries dealt with the aftermath of world war. We get a glimpse into what post-war Europe was like and about the treatment of refugees and misplaced persons. One can almost feel the frustration of those trying desperately to make a difference and improve conditions for people traumatized by conflict, loss and devastation; and at the petty rules which governed the actions of those in positions of power. A very good read and a book I would certainly recommend.
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on 5 February 2014
This is a wonderful and very moving book, and it gave me a keen sense how the war experience contrasted with and impacted the seemingly innocent, carefree pre-war era not only in Murdoch's life, but also in the lives of her contemporaries, who - one sometimes has the sad impression - were dying left and right. It is also great material for the difference and indeed contrast in the experience of those who went out to fight and those who, like Murdoch, had to stay at home. Her letter-exchange with Frank Thompson is, for me, the particular hightlight of the book.

Unfortunately, I have to subtract two stars: For all its great content, the book is very sloppily produced, with many footnotes which are in the text missing at the bottom or cutting off in mid-sentence, which was particularly frustrating. There are also footnotes referring back to earlier footnotes, but unfortunately the wrong ones, with the right ones sometimes not to be found. Here and there, a proofreader would not have hurt either. I also feel that the paper quality could have been higher and the binding sturdier, as the book sometimes feels as if it had been intended as a paperback.
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on 11 March 2010
In the book" A writer at war", Iris Murdoch gives us glimses of how she started on her journey as a writer. We meet a person who is fascinated of the world around her and we meet a relatively young woman in love, first with the poet Frank Thompson and later with the teacher David Hicks. We also meet a woman forming her life. We, as readers, know what will become of her later in life, but she doesn't. It is very interesting and even fascinating to the read her letters, written so long ago, bur still so passionate and vivid.

Peter Gerhard
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on 9 February 2015
What a fascinating character Iris Murdoch was if your a fan buy this book it is a fascinating insight into her early youth before the heady days of her writing her novels.
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on 28 June 2014
An excellent collection of letter and information. Conradi obviously takes a great deal of care in his work. A fascinating insight into a fascinating character.
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on 16 December 2015
great product, quick delivery, no problems
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