Nuns and Soldiers, Paperback Book
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Gertrude has lost her husband and Anne, an ex-nun, her God.

They plan to live together and do good works.Polish exile and imaginary soldier, the 'Count' watches over Gertrude with loving patience.

An accomplished scrounger and failed painter, Tim is a different sort of soldier.

He plans, with his eccentric mistress Daisy, to live off rich friends.

Who will judge whom in this rich and riveting story?

Who will act nobly, and who will act basely? Who will be lucky?


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Publishing
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  • Category: Classic fiction (pre c 1945)
  • ISBN: 9780099285359

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Bought 30 Dec 1994I must have read this before, as I've read all of Murdoch's novels, but not this pristine copy. It's not one of her better-known novels although I wonder why this is, as I found it a really good read. I didn't remember much besides a few names, scenes and perhaps the "feel" of it, but there are some excellent and varied characters, well-done settings in London and rural France, and a decent plot; also a well described meditation on loss, love and marriage. Plenty of Murdochian themes and characters, but it also reminded me of Margaret Drabble or Doris Lessing, maybe a bit more "open" than some of her more claustrophobic works, and with delightful flashes of humour.

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