Bruno, dying, obsessed with spiders and preoccupied with death and reconciliation, lies at the center of an intricate spider's web of relationships and passions: Bruno's estranged and grieving son Miles; Danby, Bruno's widowed son-in-law, consoling himself with the Adelaide the maid, one of Murdoch's finest comic creations; creepy Nigel the nurse and his besotted twin Will, fighter of duels.
The flooding Thames brings about the climax, and all are left changed by love and forgiveness before the old man's death.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 304 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 01/02/2001
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099285373
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Review by evaberry
It's impossible to read Iris Murdoch and not become enthralled, even if you are reading about a bunch of self-absorbed characters whose lives are spiralling towards seemingly inevitable disaster... Her characters are so deep and, although improbable, somehow real, and her observations about life and its meanings are so astute that it blows your mind. Most of her novels seem to follow a similar pattern, but it almost doesn't matter what happens once you get drawn in by the writing. I hadn't read Murdoch for years, but now I really feel I must seek out the ones I'm still missing.