Stuart Cuno has decided to become good. Not believing in God, he invents his own methods, which include celibacy, chastity, and the abandonment of a promising academic career. Interfering friends and relations question his sincerity, his sanity and his motives.
“…the reader's involvement with the huge cast never diminishes, nor does attention to their wit and philosophical exchanges flag.” (Publishers Weekly)
"Iris Murdoch at her most artful, juggling philosophy and farce with knowledge and ease." (Economist)
"Murdoch works with an intellectual daring most writers only dream of." (The Philadelphia Inquirer)
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Great story, reading a bit distracting
Fantastic story, very ellaborated and intelligent. The reading is distracting in some points, I did not really enjoy how the reader makes up voices of characters, I found it confusing at times. But the story pays off. Quite long, needs some patience to make it work.
- A. B. Q. Tocino