"The Nice and the Good", by Iris Murdoch

Novel, 1968

A real lesson in engaging the reader with a hefty cast of characters, including more than a few conflicts and clashes. This is a book which really grips from the off and drives the reader through ever an more chaotic and unlikely plot, which keeps the pages turning even as more and more incredulity sets in. Shades and echoes of all sorts here, from country house whimsy to Black Magic to some almost classical aspects. A real rollicking read which twists between grim intensity and more more lighthearted trickery.

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