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“The is a comedy with that touch of ferocity about it which makes for excitement.”—Elizabeth Jane Howard
“Immensely readable . . . Miss Murdoch is blessedly clever withour any of the aridity which, for some reason, that word is supposed to imply.”—Philip Toynbee
“A power of intellect quite exceptional in a novelist.” –Sunday Times
“She is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour.” –The Times --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
I enjoyed this story about power, love, control, and sincerity. Without being an amateur of psychological monologues, its tempo kept me reading. Read morePublished on May 26 2006 by benoitstpierre
I read this book in college. Some previous reader had underlined every appearance of the word "understand" - and for once I was grateful. I suggest you try that too.Published on June 10 2004 by Isabeau
I read this book after seeing the excellent film Iris. I still intend to read the entire Murdoch set, however I have not been too impressed with this first outing. Read morePublished on Oct. 6 2002 by Matthew Hurst
The best book about the power of love...
how the true love gives one the energy to do, act, overcome
how the true love takes away the fear, makes the conditions of life... Read more
In "A Severed Head," Iris Murdoch takes the bedroom farce to a whole new level. It's a tangled tale of love, adultery, deception, self-deception, jealousy and attempted... Read morePublished on Aug. 16 2001 by bibliomane01
Honor Klein is one of the most fascinating of all of Murdoch's memorable characters. Murdoch uses humor deftly in this novel weaving a web of enchantment that underlies the more... Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2000 by R. Rockwell
Iris Murdoch's A Severed Head is a fantastic read. During my commute to and from work my head was buried between the pages of this absorbing tale. Read morePublished on Jan. 11 2000 by angela lessard
"A Severed Head" is a dark but extraordinary novel, full of emotion, surprises, and sumptuous writing. Read morePublished on Aug. 31 1999