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 los angeles 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 l. a. 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 los angeles 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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Suddenly the modern reader of the novel is made aware that the whole festive scene takes place under the ﬁtful and unreliable illumination of pre-industrial light. In the provincial, genteel world of the early nineteenth century which Jane Austen depicts, lighting by candles and oil-lamps was so ordinary that it would be no more likely to be recorded than other features of that world, like servants waiting at table. Nevertheless, lighting in the broadest sense does play an imperceptible role in the novels.
Price in Mansﬁeld Park holds between himself and the newspaper in Portsmouth, leaving his newly arrived daughter to sit in darkness (III, 7, 442). The circumscribed light of the candle is registered, but when, later in the scene, Fanny is able to admire the Lieutenant’s uniform her brother has donned, by what magic it has become visible is not mentioned, (though presumably more candles are supplied as darkness deepens). 19 Sir Thomas Bertram arrives home unexpectedly, late on an October evening, when the rehearsal of Lovers’ Vows is in full swing.
2). Occasions of overhearing are common in other plays which Jane Austen knew well—the most famous being the comic scene in which Sir Toby and his fellow conspirators, hiding in the box-tree, overhear Malvolio’s private musings over the fake letter (Twelfth Night, 2. 5). More pertinent perhaps is Romeo’s standing in the darkness in the Capulets’ garden and witnessing Juliet’s declaration of love (2. 1)—a scene which, transmuted, will play its role in Persuasion. But the stage origin of the incidents in these two early novels limits their effectiveness.