Bought 30 Dec 1994

I must have read this before, as I’ve read all of Murdoch’s novels, but not this pristine copy.  It’s not one of her better-known novels although I wonder why this is, as I found it a really good read.  I didn’t remember much besides a few names, scenes and perhaps the "feel" of it, but there are some excellent and varied characters, well-done settings in London and rural France, and a decent plot; also a well described meditation on loss, love and marriage.  Plenty of Murdochian themes and characters, but it also reminded me of Margaret Drabble or Doris Lessing, maybe a bit more "open" than some of her more claustrophobic works, and with delightful flashes of humour.