(From the publisher):
In a dark comedy of errors, Iris Murdoch portrays the mischief wrought by Julius, a cynical intellectual who decides to demonstrate how easily loving couples, caring friends, and devoted siblings can betray their loyalties. The subjects of his Machiavellian experiment include the high-minded, happily married couple Hilda and Rupert Foster; Peter, their college dropout son; Morgan, Hilda's sister and Julius's former mistress; and Rupert's younger brother, Simon, who lives with Axel, an older man. As puppet master, Julius artfully plays on the human tendency to embrace drama and intrigue and to prefer the distraction of confrontations to the difficult effort of communicating openly and honestly.
Original title: A Fairly Honourable Defeat
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics