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forgotten classics

'Reading neglected writers so you don't have to' A Time Out column and a blog for books that seem to be undeservedly forgotten, from John Galsworthy to Rose Macaulay, from Amos Tutuola to DH Lawrence, from W. Somerset Maugham to Fanny Burney. What books do you think we should revive? If you love a writer who has lapsed in popularity please let me know! Are my choices controversial?

Friday, September 22, 2006

Under the Net

I'm currently reading Iris Murdoch's Under the Net (1954). There is a great sequence about the problem of language: 'The whole language is a machine for making falsehoods'. Murdoch's novel combines sharp wit with a disarmingly lowkey but dextrous prose style ('Astonishingly soon the daylight came, like a diffused mist') and there is a constant philosophical inquiry underlying the entire project. She's a perfect forgotten classic, well known but unread.


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