Publisher description for Nuns and soldiers / Iris Murdoch ; introduction by Karen Armstrong.


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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.


Library of Congress subject headings for this publication:
Widows -- Fiction.
Triangles (Interpersonal relations) -- Fiction.
Female friendship -- Fiction.
London (England) -- Fiction.
France, Southern -- Fiction.
Ex-nuns -- Fiction.
Artists -- Fiction.