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Mar 30, 1978
| ISBN 9780140014747
Mar 30, 1978
| ISBN 9781101495810
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Mar 30, 1978 | ISBN 9780140014747
Mar 30, 1978 | ISBN 9781101495810
A sparklingly profound novel about the conflict between love and loyaltyThe quiet life of schoolmaster Bill Mor and his wife Nan is disturbed when a young woman, Rain Carter, arrives at the school to paint the portrait of the headmaster. Mor, hoping to enter politics, becomes aware of new desires. A complex battle develops, involving love, guilt, magic, art, and political ambition. Mor’s teenage children and their mother fight discreetly and ruthlessly against the invader. The Head, himself disenchanted, advises Mor to seize the girl and run. The final decision rests with Rain. Can a “great love” be purchased at too high a price?
Iris Murdoch (1919–1999) was born in Dublin and brought up in London. She studied philosophy at Cambridge and was a philosophy fellow at St. Anne’s College for 20 years. She published her first novel in 1954 and was instantly recognized as… More about Iris Murdoch
“Of the novelists who have made their bow since the war she seems to be the most remarkable.” —Raymond Mortimer
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