By Iris Murdoch
Una novela divertida y profunda a un tiempo, y con un elemento de suspense que explora con maestría los temas que desde siempre han preocupado a los angeles autora: el amor, l. a. amistad y l. a. perversa frontera que separa el bien y el mal.
El eco de un tiro en los despachos de Whitehall, el complejo administrativo que el gobierno inglés posee en el centro de Londres, no anuncia tan solo los angeles extraña muerte de un alto funcionario, sino también el principio de una sutil intriga.
Kate y Octavian, jefe del departamento donde trabajaba el difunto, forman un matrimonio aparentemente feliz que alberga en su casa de Dorset a un extravagante grupo de personajes: un excéntrico tío que abandonó l. a. India bajo sospecha, un atormentado amigo superviviente de Dachau, el abogado responsable del caso y amante platónico de Kate, hijos de distintos matrimonios, conocidos, visitantes ocasionales...
Y todos ellos relacionados de un modo u otro con el muerto en una deliciosa comedia de errores, donde las sonrisas esconden a menudo pecados de mucha hondura.
«Un originalísimo mundo novelístico de una interminable seducción.»
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Perhaps: I don't know. " He said, "You good ones are so horrifying. " "I wish I could. I'd sleep better. " She added in a serious voice, "People would like me. " He felt he was in front of a ruin: not an old ruin which has gained the patina and grace of age, but a new ruin where the wallpaper crudely hangs and the wound lies rawly open to show a fireplace and a chair. He thought to himself, It isn't fair. This isn't my fault. I didn't ask for two lives--only Janvier's. "You can have those collars," she said, "if they are any good to you.
He settled himself comfortably against the wall. "Turn out the light, there's a good fellow," he said and almost immediately he was asleep. Charlot sat down on the hard kitchen chair, the only other perch. Wherever he looked there were signs of how completely at home the pseudo-Chavel had made himself. His overcoat hung on the door, and a little pool had collected on the linoleum beneath it; on the chair he had hung his jacket. When Charlot shifted he could feel the sagging weight of the other's pocket against his thigh.
I don't think so. I haven't visited it yet. To tell you the truth, Jules, I only arrived in Paris today. " "No, no. " "At least you must be our guest this evening. " The test, he thought, has worked: the pocketbook is inexhaustible. I still have my three hundred francs. " He was moved to recklessness. " Suddenly Charlot felt a great distaste for Jules: it seemed to him incredible that a man could be so crass. Had he no possession in the world for which a good price was an insufficient inducement?
Amigos y amantes by Iris Murdoch