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Something Specialby Iris Murdoch
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Something very special indeed, this unexpected and enchanting tale, previously unpublished except in a 1950s anthology and in Japan, and rediscovered only after her death, is the only short story that Iris Murdoch ever wrote for publication.
Set in Dublin, against the vividly recognisable backdrop of the writer's native city in the late fifties, Something Special is the story of Yvonne, an ordinary, bold young Irish woman who believes there's more to life than marriage to Sam, the respectable young man who's courting her. Written with verve and characteristic sly humour, it moves to a surprising climax and conclusion a poignant, strangely haunting story about the incompatibility of dreams and desires.
Previously unpublished – except in a 1950’s anthology and in Japan, and rediscovered after her death.
It is the only short story that Iris Murdoch ever wrote for publication. Set in Dublin, in the late fifties, this is the story of Yvonne, a young Irish woman who believes there’s more to life than marriage to Sam, the respectable young man who’s courting her. The action moves to a surprising climax and conclusion – a strangely haunting story about the incompatibility of dreams and desires.
From the Trade Paperback edition.
About the Author
Dame Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 and died in February 1999. She was one of this century's finest and most influential novelists, whose works include The Sea (winner of the Booker Prize), Flight from the Enchanter, The Bell, The Black Prince, The Philosopher's Pupil and The Message to the Planet. She was also a distinguished philosopher, and in addition wrote plays, a libretto and a volume of poetry.
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