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ISBN13: 9780140243376
ISBN10: 0140243372
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In a small circle of friends in London, some disturbing occurrences are taking place: Lucas Graffe, a reclusive academic, kills a man in self-defense, and disappears immediately after the trial, leaving his brother, the charismatic actor Clement Graffe, tortured by his absence. Their friend Bellamy James rids himself of all ties and possessions, even giving away his beloved dog. Yearning for simplicity and purification, he prepares himself for a monastic life. And outside Clifton, the house where the widowed Louise Anderson lives with her three eccentric daughters, a very peculiar man is watching. Lucas finally returns, and during his reunion with his brother they happen to receive a surprising visitor. It soon becomes clear to the Graffes and their friends that there is a complex mission to fulfill, of revenge, but also of transformation.

Rich, enthralling, full of humor and suspense, Iris Murdoch's magnificent new novel illuminates the complexities of guilt and innocence, malice and compassion. It is a triumphant work from one of our greatest writers.

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"Enthralling...its sensuousness, its visionary physical detail, is a pleasure". San Francisco Chronicle

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"This is a superb novel, with great depth of plot and characterization as well as riveting suspense." Library Journal

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"As to be expected from Murdoch: a bracing journey through ancient mysteries and the dark pathways of the heart. And, as always, a stimulating read." Kirkus Reviews

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From the nationally acclaimed author of The Book of the Brotherhood comes a magnificently crafted and magical novel which explores biblical and medieval themes in a contemporary London setting.

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Full of suspense, humor, and symbolism, this magnificently crafted and magical novel replays biblical and medieval themes in contemporary London. An attempt by the sharp, feral, and uncommonly intelligent Lucas Graffe to murder his sensual and charismatic half-brother Clement is interrupted by a stranger—whom Lucas strikes and leaves for dead. When the stranger mysteriously reappears, with specific demands for reparation, the Graffes circle of idiosyncratic family and friends is disrupted—for the demands are bizarre, intrusive, and ultimately fatal.

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sburgundy, June 9, 2009 (view all comments by sburgundy)
This book is incredibly difficult to describe--Murdoch manages to marry a murder mystery, dozens of character studies, mythical elements, and even some dark comedy in this novel, which follows the dramatic goings-on of two connected families and their network of friends.

I initially scoffed at the cover blurb saying that this book makes you feel like you've just "feasted at a table of ideas." But in the end, that's how I felt. This was my first Iris Murdoch book, and certainly won't be my last.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780140243376
Author:
Murdoch, Iris
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Location:
New York ;
Subject:
General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
London
Subject:
Mystery & detective
Subject:
Brothers
Subject:
London (England) Fiction.
Subject:
Attempted murder
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Paperback / softback
Series Volume:
3710
Publication Date:
19950131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
480
Dimensions:
7.81x5.08x1.13 in. .84 lbs.
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 480 pages Penguin Books - English 9780140243376 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Enthralling...its sensuousness, its visionary physical detail, is a pleasure".
"Review" by , "This is a superb novel, with great depth of plot and characterization as well as riveting suspense."
"Review" by , "As to be expected from Murdoch: a bracing journey through ancient mysteries and the dark pathways of the heart. And, as always, a stimulating read."
"Synopsis" by , From the nationally acclaimed author of The Book of the Brotherhood comes a magnificently crafted and magical novel which explores biblical and medieval themes in a contemporary London setting.
"Synopsis" by ,
Full of suspense, humor, and symbolism, this magnificently crafted and magical novel replays biblical and medieval themes in contemporary London. An attempt by the sharp, feral, and uncommonly intelligent Lucas Graffe to murder his sensual and charismatic half-brother Clement is interrupted by a stranger—whom Lucas strikes and leaves for dead. When the stranger mysteriously reappears, with specific demands for reparation, the Graffes circle of idiosyncratic family and friends is disrupted—for the demands are bizarre, intrusive, and ultimately fatal.
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