Books: Little England

AN ACCIDENTAL MAN

by IRIS MURDOCH 442 pages. Viking. $7.95.

The publisher wants us to know that Iris Murdoch, who has published 14 novels in 18 years, took a whole year's breather between her last book and this one. In some ways the vacation shows to advantage. The tone is calmer and the events more reasonable here than in her other recent novels. But the fact remains that Miss Murdoch is now writing urbane soap opera. The huge U.S. women's market should not be put off by her other career as an Oxford don (which she has given up). One feels that if...

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