A Severed Head

  • by Iris Murdoch
  • Narrated by Derek Jacobi
  • 7 hrs and 24 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Martin Lynch-Gibbon believes he can possess both a beautiful wife and a delightful lover. But when his wife, Antonia, suddenly leaves him for her psychoanalyst, Martin is plunged into an intensive emotional re-education. He attempts to behave beautifully and sensibly. Then he meets a woman whose demonic splendour at first repels him and later arouses a consuming and monstrous passion. As his Medusa informs him, 'this is nothing to do with happiness'.


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Absurd and Very Funny

Martin is quite pleased with his situation: a beautiful wife, Antonia, whom he adores, and a much younger mistress, Georgie, to keep things that much more interesting and make him feel like a "real" man. But when his wife announces that she's leaving him for her psychoanalyst who also happens to be Martin's friend, Palmer Anderson, Martin's perfect world suddenly collapses; only things are about to get messier and messier. Because both Antonia and Palmer fully intend to keep Martin in their lives, whether he likes it or not, and it soon becomes quite clear that Martin is probably the least deviant individual in what turns out to be a very amusing comedy of the absurd. This first experience with this author definitely made me want to read more of Murdoch's work, something I look forward to with relish. The cherry on the sundae was the narration by the brilliant Derek Jacobi.
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- Ilana

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-07-2011
  • Publisher: Random House AudioBooks