Nuns and Soldiers

Nuns and Soldiers

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by Iris Murdoch
     
 

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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

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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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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780142180099
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
07/30/2002
Series:
Penguin Classics Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
946,971
Product dimensions:
5.14(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.95(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

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