Edmond Music, Catholic priest and director of Beale Hall research institute, has a secret: he doesn't believe in God. And that's not all. For the past forty years he has shared a bed with his housekeeper, Maude Moriarty from Donegal.
In fact Edmond Music isn't even Edmond Music. He's Edmond Music, French child of Hungarian parents - and a Jew.
As he sees out his days in his Shropshire mansion, devoting his time to kabbalistic studies, his buried pasts threaten to end the charade.
Fred Twombly, professor of English from Joliet, Illinois, and half-century-long enemy, has arrived, determined to destroy him.
What may be Shakespeare's lost masterpiece has disappeared from the Hall's famous library.
Edmond must be to blame.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 288 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 03/01/2002
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099285854
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Review by thorold
A comic novel featuring a Jewish priest, his green-eyed Irish mistress and the atheist retired major who is his best friend, a crazed American scholar and a dodgy Romanian rare book dealer, with a parallel story involving an 18th century rabbi and a possible undiscovered edition of Shakespeare. So what's not to like?OK, you probably won't enjoy this if you are a pious Roman Catholic or Jew without a sense of humour, but for the rest of us it is a very entertaining little novel, with a few more serious ideas tucked away here and there.