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Murphy's War

Updated on November 8, 2012

A Ripping Yarn!

Another Squidoo lens by Paul Hassing.

Murphy's War was a good book and a great film.

With Peter O Toole on board, it couldn't be much else.

This lens is a quick introduction to the work. See what you think!

The Attraction of Murphy's War

Why is it so appealing?

Some films have an eccentric, fringe-dwelling protagonist who wages an unconventional battle against forces infinitely more potent than himself.

Murphy's War, starring Peter O'Toole, is the epitome of this genre.

The reasons for your attraction will naturally differ according to your experience and personality.

However, you may be particularly drawn to the hero's ability to:

1. Build, repair and use things.

2. Garner loyalty and support from subordinates.

3. Learn new skills.

4. Carry on despite setbacks.

5. Articulate and remain steadfastly true to a vision.

6. Conquer fear of injury and failure.

7. Subvert 'the system' with impunity.

8. Earn the grudging respect of those whose rules you break.

I'm keen to know if you share my deep affection for this movie.

Check it out and see what you think!

The novel is also very good. Descriptions of the river (a character in its own right) are particularly impressive.

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