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Murdoch´s characters are never likable people, they are usually, childish, selfish, obsessive and awful and you can hardly like them at all. But that is what makes her novels so fun. She always knows how to tangle you up in their troubles, lies, betrayals, and tragedies, their ambivalence and doubt, and she gets me at every turn.


Charles Arrowby, the main character in this book is no better than any of them. He is en egotist who is impossible to sympathize with because his troubles seem so banal. His obsession with his childhood sweetheart got to be a bit much and at moments it seemed to drag the story in the wrong direction. But Murdoch makes it work in a way that makes me want to stay on until the end, because of the way she tells it. This book is not my favorite of hers, but she is such a great novelist that I will keep reading her until I get to the last of her many wonderful books.


"Upon the demon-ridden pilgrimage of human life, what next I wonder". I wonder


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