…the reader is caught up in it, mysteriously affected and at moments quite profoundly moved.
Also by Murdoch
All the Murdoch sleight-of-hand is brought into play here: exotic scene-setting, intricate patterns of coincidence and relationship, ambivalent sexual currents, a seemingly unlimited supply of plot…
Her world is ignited by belief. She believes in everything: true love, veridical visions, magic, monsters, pagan spirits. She doesn’t tell you how the household cat is looking, or even feeling: she tells you what it is thinking.
Charles Arrowby is particularly despicable, and utterly lovable and engaging in his horridness. Am I implicated in his crimes for wishing him success?— Brian Flanagan