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Nuns and Soldiers (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)

Nuns and Soldiers (Penguin Twentieth-Century Classics)
Author: Iris Murdoch
ISBN 13: 9780142180099
ISBN 10: 142180092
Edition: Reprint
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Publication Date: 2002-07-30
Format: Paperback
Pages: 512
List Price: $22.00

Set in London and in the South of France, this brilliantly structured novel centers on two women: Gertrude Openshaw, bereft from the recent death of her husband, yet awakening to passion; and Anne Cavidge, who has returned in doubt from many years in a nunnery, only to encounter her personal Christ. A fascinating array of men and women hover in urgent orbit around them: the "Count," a lonely Pole obsessively reliving his émigré father's patriotic anguish; Tim Reede, a seedy yet appealing artist, and Daisy, his mistress; the manipulative Mrs. Mount; and many other magically drawn characters moving between desire and obligation, guilt and joy. This edition of Nuns and Soldiers includes a new introduction by renowned religious historian Karen Armstrong.

Martin Amis

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