[E–book] Under the Net

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  • Under the Net
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Under the Net review ¼ 3 F a film star dog and a political riot in a film set of ancient Rome Jake fascinated longs to learn Hugo’s secret Perhaps Hugo’s secret is Hugo himself Admonished enlightened Jake hopes at last to become a real writ. 35 I plan to dip in and out of Liz Dexter s two year Iris Murdoch readalong project to increase my familiarity with Murdoch and get through some of the paperbacks I happen to own Even though I don t own it I decided to join in with Under the Net 1954 to see how her fiction career began Under the Net is narrated by Jake Donoghue a translator who arrives back in London after a trip to France to find that he s being kicked out of the flat where he s been living for free with his friend Finn In his desultory search for where to go next he takes readers along to Mrs Tinckham s cat filled shop his Jewish philosopher friend Dave s place and the theatre where a former girlfriend Anna uentin is in charge of props One of my favorite scenes has him accidentally locked into the theatre overnight he has to sleep among the costumesAnna s sister Sadie an actress offers Jake a role as her bodyguard she has a stalker of sorts fireworks manufacturer and film studio owner Hugo Belfounder whom it turns out Jake already knows Together they were guinea pigs for an experiment on the common cold and Jake secretly worked up Hugo s conversations into a poorly received book called The Silencer Hugo was my destiny Jake muses even though he s embarrassed to see Hugo again he gets drawn back into a connection with himOne of the central themes of the novel playing out with various characters is the difficulty of seeing people clearly rather than resting with the image of them you ve built up in your mind I enjoyed Jake s contrasting of physical and intellectual work and his sometimes contradictory reflections on solitude and introversionI sometimes feel that Finn has very little inner life I mean no disrespect to him in saying this some have and some haven t I connect this too with his truthfulness Subtle people like myself can see too much ever to give a straight answerI hate solitude but I am afraid of intimacy The substance of my life is a private conversation with myself which to turn into a dialogue would be euivalent to self destruction The company which I need is the company which a pub or a caf will provideIf like myself you are a connoisseur of solitude I recommend to you the experience of being alone in Paris on the fourteenth of JulyMany readers probably expect Murdoch s books to be dense and difficult bogged down with philosophical ideas But what I most noticed about this first novel is how humorous it is it s even madcap in places with some coming and going via windows and Mister Mars the film star dog playing dead to get Jake out of a sticky situation Over at Liz s blog we ve been discussing whether Murdoch is a typical woman writer if her books had been published anonymously or under her initials would it have been assumed that she was a man I think so given her success in creating a male narrator and her focus on the world of work and less traditional domestic arrangementsThis is my sixth Murdoch book I didn t enjoy Under the Net as much as the Booker Prize winning The Sea The Sea or The Bell but liked it than The Black Prince and An Unofficial Rose I ve also read one of her philosophy books The Fire and the Sun I could make neither head nor tail of it so it falls right in the middle for me so far I m looking forward to participating with several of the readalong books next year starting with A Severed Head in MarchAnother favorite line spoken by Hugo One must just blunder on Truth lies in blundering on Originally published with images on my blog Bookish Beck The Song of the Mockingbird riot in a film set of ancient Rome Jake fascinated longs to learn Hugo’s secret Perhaps Hugo’s secret is Hugo himself Admonished enlightened Jake hopes at last to become a Sir Halmanac and the Crimson Star real writ. 35 I plan to dip in and out of Liz Dexter s two year Iris Murdoch Judge Dredd Chronicles #19 readers along to Mrs Tinckham s cat filled shop his Jewish philosopher friend Dave s place and the theatre where a former girlfriend Anna uentin is in charge of props One of my favorite scenes has him accidentally locked into the theatre overnight he has to sleep among the costumesAnna s sister Sadie an actress offers Jake a THE WALLPAPER CHASE role as her bodyguard she has a stalker of sorts fireworks manufacturer and film studio owner Hugo Belfounder whom it turns out Jake already knows Together they were guinea pigs for an experiment on the common cold and Jake secretly worked up Hugo s conversations into a poorly SpongeBob Mix Match received book called The Silencer Hugo was my destiny Jake muses even though he s embarrassed to see Hugo again he gets drawn back into a connection with himOne of the central themes of the novel playing out with various characters is the difficulty of seeing people clearly Rules of the Knife Fight rather than Know What I Saw? resting with the image of them you ve built up in your mind I enjoyed Jake s contrasting of physical and intellectual work and his sometimes contradictory The Goodbye Girl Vocal Selections reflections on solitude and introversionI sometimes feel that Finn has very little inner life I mean no disrespect to him in saying this some have and some haven t I connect this too with his truthfulness Subtle people like myself can see too much ever to give a straight answerI hate solitude but I am afraid of intimacy The substance of my life is a private conversation with myself which to turn into a dialogue would be euivalent to self destruction The company which I need is the company which a pub or a caf will provideIf like myself you are a connoisseur of solitude I Gunnin' For Love recommend to you the experience of being alone in Paris on the fourteenth of JulyMany MIA Hunter readers probably expect Murdoch s books to be dense and difficult bogged down with philosophical ideas But what I most noticed about this first novel is how humorous it is it s even madcap in places with some coming and going via windows and Mister Mars the film star dog playing dead to get Jake out of a sticky situation Over at Liz s blog we ve been discussing whether Murdoch is a typical woman writer if her books had been published anonymously or under her initials would it have been assumed that she was a man I think so given her success in creating a male narrator and her focus on the world of work and less traditional domestic arrangementsThis is my sixth Murdoch book I didn t enjoy Under the Net as much as the Booker Prize winning The Sea The Sea or The Bell but liked it than The Black Prince and An Unofficial Rose I ve also Overlords of Atlantis and the Great Pyramid read one of her philosophy books The Fire and the Sun I could make neither head nor tail of it so it falls Magic and Mayhem right in the middle for me so far I m looking forward to participating with several of the Good bye readalong books next year starting with A Severed Head in MarchAnother favorite line spoken by Hugo One must just blunder on Truth lies in blundering on Originally published with images on my blog Bookish Beck

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Under the Net review ¼ 3 Aintance with formidable Hugo whose ‘philosophy’ he once presumptuously dared to interpret These meetings involve Jake and his eccentric servant companion Finn in a series of adventures that include the kidnapping o. Under the Net from 1954 was the first published novel by Iris Murdoch the distinguished academic and professor of moral philosophy at Oxford University As well as books on moral philosophy she wrote twenty six critically acclaimed novels one of which won the prestigious Booker prize Yet Under the Net is sometimes dismissed as a light comic piece in comparison with her later lengthier novels Certainly it can be read that way as a humorous tale about a Bohemian young Irish man in London Jake Donoghue who occasionally earns a crust by translating trashy French novels but by and large has avoided getting a job and as the blurb says sponges off his friends However appearances can be deceptive and a closer look reveals that this novel is far than that Some critics now view it as her best work and an excellent introduction to the philosophy of ExistentialismOur first clue to its depth is the title Under the Net which is a metaphor used by the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein in his famous work Tractatus of 1921 Wittgenstein believed that the deepest truths can never be fully verbalised Although people might conceive of them such truths are diminished by the limitations of language He stated that any attempt to talk about explain or write a truth is similar to placing a net over the truth Its effect is to blur the image and make the truth less than perfect Newtonian mechanics Wittgenstein said captures the world through the euivalent of a net or many nets The suares of the net determine how things are seen which is different from that of a net with a triangular or hexagonal weave To the different networks correspond different systems of describing the world and thus this form is arbitrary This mesh may be fine or coarse or its holes may be of different shapes but it will always be regular and represent an imperfect truth We may have a unified form to describe the universe but the selection of the form leads to a built in inaccuracy The novel can be seen as a process of revelation to Jake that our subjective descriptions are apparent and unreliable They conform to our Net and are not the world itself which may slip away Under the Net However Wittgenstein later referred to this work as meaningless nonsense and in 1953 he totally rejected the concepts which he had originally published in Tractatus Interestingly Under the Net was published just a year later in 1954 and later in her own life Iris Murdoch too professed to be embarrassed by her novel saying that the writing was immature and juvenile Nevertheless Wittgenstein s influence remained clear in all her novels she repeatedly demonstrated that life could only be shown and not explainedUnder the Net represents both the political and philosophical views which Iris Murdoch herself held at the time but also her self image Although we think of her as a self assured writer with many acclaimed works to her name this was not always the case This is not actually Iris Murdoch s first novel but merely the first one to be published she had attempted to write five novels before this one In 2010 a cache of letters was discovered which reveal both the writer s frame of mind at the time and clarify to some extent its philosophical significance which derives heavily from both Jean Paul Sartre and Ludwig Wittgenstein Her letters also show her insecurity and how she struggled with her early unpublished novels She was finally to destroy a number of these early manuscripts in 1986The 160 letters are to the popular French novelist Raymond ueneau They span 29 years but most precede her marriage to the Oxford Professor of English Literature John Bailey She admired Raymond ueneau greatly as her mentor looking to him both for intellectual stimulus and practical help ueneau was a friend of Sartre his works are said to have been a link between the Surrealists and the Existentialists He was very interested in language and some of his novels were written phonetically rather than using conventional spelling In some letters Iris Murdoch wrote of the characters and plots she was working on They show her filled with self doubt and even hatred and contempt for her writing wondering whether she would ever write something good One of these early works featured a bogus scholar and may have been instigated by Iris Murdoch s own doubts about her intellectual stature In 1947 when she took up the offer of a postgraduate scholarship to study Philosophy at Newnham College Cambridge she told Raymond ueneau that she had started writing the novel about the Bogus scholar and the Archaic Goddess which has been in my head so long However she later abandoned the novel and confided to him her suspicion that what she had produced was worthless In May 1946 she had told Raymond ueneau that she was inspired by a book by Whately Carington a British parapsychologist and psychical investigator A year later while at Cambridge she sent him a copy of Carington s book Telepathy saying that she was again working on a novel based on the idea She may have returned to some of these ideas in later novelsThen in 1952 she referred to a work in progress the story of struggling writer Jake Donoghue For some time now I have been writing a novel a continuation of one I started two years ago If it turns out to be any use about this I still don t know I shall dedicate it to you Sure enough Iris Murdoch s first novel Under the Net is dedicated to him Perhaps the extraordinary confidence and success of this first novel was due in part to her willingness to abandon or destroy her early works Under the Net tells the humorous adventures of Jake Donoghue a picaresue hero who was significantly like the author of Irish descent Perhaps it is the mixture of the philosophical and the picaresue which have made it one of Iris Murdoch s most enduringly popular novels In 1998 the editors of the American publishers Modern Library named the work as one of the greatest English language novels of the twentieth century In 2005 Under the Net was chosen by the American magazine Time as one of the hundred best 20th century English language novels from 1923 onwards Ironically enough Iris Murdoch herself was refused a visa to visit the United States despite the fact that she had earned a scholarship from Vassar College in New York because earlier she had been a member of the Communist PartyDuring the 1930s Iris Murdoch had read for a first degree in Greats Ancient History Classics and Philosophy at Somerville College Oxford After graduating she worked as a civil servant It was during this time that she wrote the unpublished novelsDuring the Second World War she joined the United National Relief and Rehabilitation Administration working in Belgium She became fascinated by Existentialism and especially the work of Jean Paul Sartre the French philosopher and novelist She wrote the first monograph about Jean Paul Sartre to be published in English Jake the viewpoint character of Under the Net can be seen as exemplifying Existentialist philosophy in his search for life s meaning and his uest for the truthJake s uest begins as he walks down the street with his friend Finn a man who seldom talks However Finn tells him that Madge Magdalen Casement a typist and Jake s sometime girlfriend has kicked them out of her house where they have been living rent free for eighteen months Madge plans to get married to Sacred Sammy Sammy Starfield a rich bookmakerAs Jake packs to leave two of the books he takes are Murphy by Samuel Beckett and Pierrot mon ami by Raymond ueneau This choice signals the form this story will take both are heavily referenced Murphy is a story about an alienated young man who cannot hold down a job view spoilerexcept for a temporary position as a male nurse in a mental hospital which is echoed when Jake seeks out his first ever job as a ward orderly hide spoiler MIA Hunter read that way as a humorous tale about a Bohemian young Irish man in London Jake Donoghue who occasionally earns a crust by translating trashy French novels but by and large has avoided getting a job and as the blurb says sponges off his friends However appearances can be deceptive and a closer look Overlords of Atlantis and the Great Pyramid reveals that this novel is far than that Some critics now view it as her best work and an excellent introduction to the philosophy of ExistentialismOur first clue to its depth is the title Under the Net which is a metaphor used by the Austrian philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein in his famous work Tractatus of 1921 Wittgenstein believed that the deepest truths can never be fully verbalised Although people might conceive of them such truths are diminished by the limitations of language He stated that any attempt to talk about explain or write a truth is similar to placing a net over the truth Its effect is to blur the image and make the truth less than perfect Newtonian mechanics Wittgenstein said captures the world through the euivalent of a net or many nets The suares of the net determine how things are seen which is different from that of a net with a triangular or hexagonal weave To the different networks correspond different systems of describing the world and thus this form is arbitrary This mesh may be fine or coarse or its holes may be of different shapes but it will always be Magic and Mayhem regular and Good bye represent an imperfect truth We may have a unified form to describe the universe but the selection of the form leads to a built in inaccuracy The novel can be seen as a process of The Black Seminoles History of a Freedom Seeking People revelation to Jake that our subjective descriptions are apparent and unreliable They conform to our Net and are not the world itself which may slip away Under the Net However Wittgenstein later Milk and CookiesA Frank Asch Bear Story A Parents Magazine Read Aloud Original referred to this work as meaningless nonsense and in 1953 he totally Greek to Me Learning New Testament Greek Through Memory Visualization rejected the concepts which he had originally published in Tractatus Interestingly Under the Net was published just a year later in 1954 and later in her own life Iris Murdoch too professed to be embarrassed by her novel saying that the writing was immature and juvenile Nevertheless Wittgenstein s influence Milk and CookiesA Frank Asch Bear Story A Parents Magazine Read Aloud Original remained clear in all her novels she Airliners in Flight A Gallery of Air To Air Photography repeatedly demonstrated that life could only be shown and not explainedUnder the Net Anglo Saxon Paganism reveal both the writer s frame of mind at the time and clarify to some extent its philosophical significance which derives heavily from both Jean Paul Sartre and Ludwig Wittgenstein Her letters also show her insecurity and how she struggled with her early unpublished novels She was finally to destroy a number of these early manuscripts in 1986The 160 letters are to the popular French novelist Raymond ueneau They span 29 years but most precede her marriage to the Oxford Professor of English Literature John Bailey She admired Raymond ueneau greatly as her mentor looking to him both for intellectual stimulus and practical help ueneau was a friend of Sartre his works are said to have been a link between the Surrealists and the Existentialists He was very interested in language and some of his novels were written phonetically The Ghostly Lover rather than using conventional spelling In some letters Iris Murdoch wrote of the characters and plots she was working on They show her filled with self doubt and even hatred and contempt for her writing wondering whether she would ever write something good One of these early works featured a bogus scholar and may have been instigated by Iris Murdoch s own doubts about her intellectual stature In 1947 when she took up the offer of a postgraduate scholarship to study Philosophy at Newnham College Cambridge she told Raymond ueneau that she had started writing the novel about the Bogus scholar and the Archaic Goddess which has been in my head so long However she later abandoned the novel and confided to him her suspicion that what she had produced was worthless In May 1946 she had told Raymond ueneau that she was inspired by a book by Whately Carington a British parapsychologist and psychical investigator A year later while at Cambridge she sent him a copy of Carington s book Telepathy saying that she was again working on a novel based on the idea She may have Cuckold Diaper Slave returned to some of these ideas in later novelsThen in 1952 she Lynyrd Skynyrd I'll Never Forget You referred to a work in progress the story of struggling writer Jake Donoghue For some time now I have been writing a novel a continuation of one I started two years ago If it turns out to be any use about this I still don t know I shall dedicate it to you Sure enough Iris Murdoch s first novel Under the Net is dedicated to him Perhaps the extraordinary confidence and success of this first novel was due in part to her willingness to abandon or destroy her early works Under the Net tells the humorous adventures of Jake Donoghue a picaresue hero who was significantly like the author of Irish descent Perhaps it is the mixture of the philosophical and the picaresue which have made it one of Iris Murdoch s most enduringly popular novels In 1998 the editors of the American publishers Modern Library named the work as one of the greatest English language novels of the twentieth century In 2005 Under the Net was chosen by the American magazine Time as one of the hundred best 20th century English language novels from 1923 onwards Ironically enough Iris Murdoch herself was Boys of Summer Volume 1 refused a visa to visit the United States despite the fact that she had earned a scholarship from Vassar College in New York because earlier she had been a member of the Communist PartyDuring the 1930s Iris Murdoch had 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Under the Net review ¼ 3 Jake Donaghue garrulous artist meets Hugo Belfounder silent philosopherJake hack writer and sponger now penniless flat hunter seeks out an old girlfriend Anna uentin and her glamorous actress sister Sadie He resumes acu. I loved this book A first person narrative about a young man on a picaresue uest for love and friendship with a good healthy dose of philosophy added in for good measureThe part of the story that stays with me is the story around Hugo I think I liked most the idea that a friendship might end on the basis of an assumed betrayal and that the betrayal is one of the spirit and not one that occurred at all Although that is an interesting uestion in itself does the person we feel we have betrayed have to feel betrayed to have been betrayedThis is the only of Murdoch s books I ve ever read but will read now after this