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Nuns and Soldiers, Murdoch, Iris

Nuns and Soldiers

Authors: Murdoch, Iris
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
BISAC/Subject: FIC019000, FIC004000
ISBN: 9781101494264, Related ISBNs: 0140057579, 0140061436, 0142180092, 0670518263, 1101494263
Classification: Fiction
Number of pages: 512
Audience: General/trade
Synopsis: A dazzling meditation on love and honor, greed and generosity, passion and death, from the Booker Prize-winning author of The Sea, The Sea

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.

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