Book: Under the Net by Iris Murdoch
# 90 on the Telegraph’s 100 novels everyone should read.
What is the story about?
The story starts with Jake Donaghue being kicked out of his current living arrangement. He is almost broke and doesn’t hold a steady job as he is an ‘intellectual’, as he puts it. He sometimes translates book as a way to get money.
He then goes on a crazy journey that is filled with past loves and acquaintances, skinny dipping in the Thames, stealing a dog, some politics and some philosophy, only to find himself coming full circle and ending up where he started off: homeless and almost broke, just with a dog.
Why does one read books? To learn something? To be entertained? To follow an interesting story? To tick a title off a list?
Well I did tick the book off my list.
Was I entertained? For the first 100 pages yes, then it became very slow, and picked up a little at the end.
Did I follow an interesting story? It was a really crazy storyline with a lot of different episodes; but it might’ve been too crazy for me.
Did I learn anything? Not really. No wonder the philosophical book Jake published was a complete flop as the philosophy in this book was a bore to me and without any real substance or meaning.
Maybe the whole point of the story is to not be a lazy, immoral, opportunistic bum and to actually get a job (Jake decided to get a job at the end of the story).
And definitely get a dog (but not steal one). The only character I liked in this book is Max, the handsome loyal dog. Makes me kind of think of saying yes to my son when he keeps nagging to get one. On second thought, I don’t think I’m ready to take care of a fifth baby lol.
I can’t really say much about this book. It was a light read. It was entertaining for the most part. But will I recommend it to my loved ones? No.
# 89 on the list: The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing.
The Telegraph explains it as having some communism, women’s liberation, and “inner space fiction.” No idea what that means .. should be interesting.
Till next time ❤