A group of people have elected ambiguous and fascinating Mischa Fox to be their God. While Mischa is charming his devotees, his alter ego Calvin Blick, is inspiring fear, and Rosa Keepe, a high-minded bluestocking under Mischa's spell (who also loves two Polish brothers) is swept into the battle between sturdy common sense and dangerous enchantment.
About the Author
Iris Murdoch was born in Dublin in 1919 of Anglo-Irish parents. She went to Badminton School, Bristol, and read classics at Somerville College, Oxford. In 1948 she returned to Oxford where she became a fellow of St Anne's college. Awarded the CBE in 1976, Iris Murdoch was made a DBE in the 1987 New Year's Honours List. She died in February 1999.
Iris Murdoch, who with John Wain and Kingsley Amla formed a trio of bright talent brilliantly received in England at the time of publication of their first novels, continues on this rather unclassifiable comic offbeat. Certainly there is no clear intent-unless it might be the dispersion of accepted codes of conduct and the assemblage of a group of unpredictable people who pursue an unexpected course. There is Annette Cockeyne who summarily leaves school to take up the business of living- preferably with older men; the indecisive Hunter who has inherited a suffragette paper which Mischa Fox, a malevolently attractive figure, wants to buy; Rosa, Hunter's sister, and Fox' quondam mistress, who is now shared equally and equitably by two Polish refugee brothers; Peter Saward, a historian attempting to decipher the Kastanic script, whose love for Rosa is also academic; Reinborough, an emasculated middle-aged man in a government job whose amatory reach usually exceeds his grasp; etc., etc. All these people, while only casually and momentarily associated, form a capricious coterie of non-conformists. For some it may be an amusing abstraction; for others a taste for the bizarre they are unready to dequire. (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: Vintage Classics Ser.
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 16th March 2000
Dimensions (cm): 19.9 x 13.0 x 2.0
Weight (kg): 0.223