An Unofficial Rose Author:Iris Murdoch In this story Iris Murdoch has grounded in a solid and familiar world the creation of a family and a home - however disunited. As the Peronetts are introduced at Fanny's funeral a closely printed circuit of relationships begins to take shape. Hugh Peronett, the widower, hankers after his former mistress, Emma Sands; Randall, his son, prefers ano... more »ther woman to his wife, Ann; Ann is desired by Felix Meecham, whose sister, Mildred, wants Hugh; Hugh's grandchildren are wrenched all ways. An impulse applied at any point can dangerously activate the whole circuit.
Set largely in the country near Romney Marsh, this intricate, ironic tragi-comedy has the true fabric of a major literary achievement.« less