This title is presented with an introduction by John Burnside. When Charles Arrowby retires from his glittering career in the London theatre, he buys ...Show synopsisThis title is presented with an introduction by John Burnside. When Charles Arrowby retires from his glittering career in the London theatre, he buys a remote house on the rocks by the sea. He hopes to escape from his tumultuous love affairs but unexpectedly bumps into his childhood sweetheart and sets his heart on destroying her marriage. His equilibrium is further disturbed when his friends all decide to come and keep him company and Charles finds his seaside idyll severely threatened by his obsessions.Hide synopsis
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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.
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