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One kind of crazy is the person who hammers away at the same failing effort, over and over. In this book, it is Charles Arrowby. His mind and his actions are what we, today, refer to as OCD. Ms. Murdoch has built the story around this dysfunction. The story makes sharp turns throughout, most unexpected, some awful and some ridiculous. How Murdoch had the patience to attack Arrowby's nuttiness from so many angles, I do not know. Maybe she was nutty, too. Read slowly. Have patience.
Dec 20, 2010
Take some time out to read this book
This was an excellent old world read.It created discussion on many different levels at our book club!
May 28, 2009
Iris Murdock is quite the story teller. She delves into her characters psyche with vigor. I felt like I really got to know her characters; the good, the bad, and the ugly.
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