Jake Donaghue, garrulous artist, meets Hugo Belfounder, silent philosopher.
Jake, hack writer and sponger, now penniless flat-hunter, seeks out an old girlfriend, Anna Quentin, and her glamorous actress sister, Sadie. He resumes acquaintance 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 of 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 writer.
There’s nothing not to like about this book; the main character and his sundry friends and lovers are unique and wonderful. It’s amazing to me how a woman can write so well the feelings and thoughts of a man, except that he too was a writer. Perhaps it’s the understanding one writer may have for another. Her writing is so intelligent, yet free-flowing. She carries you along with an air of suspense. She writes the sharing of ideas among friends with equal knowledge of each view. The repartee is eloquent. I would compare Murdoch with Thomas Hardy and Dickens in her ability to bring forth the character in his full humanness.
Under the Net
Wonderful book. Terrible publishing job. Dropped lines, bizarre word substitutions. Pay for the expensive version.