Jackson's Dilemma

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Penguin Books, 1995 - Fiction - 249 pages
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Edward Lannion, the young master of Hatting Hall, is about to marry Marian Berran. At Penndean, a nearby house, preparations are under way for the wedding, overseen by the anxious Benet. Family and friends gather for a celebratory dinner on the eve of the ceremony - Marian's sister, Rosalind; Owen Silbery, a well-known, eccentric painter; the nun-like Mildred Smalden; and Tuan, a young friend of Owen's, also known as 'the Theology Student.' But then there is a sudden and extraordinary event, which changes everything. Jackson's Dilemma is an entertaining, fast-moving human drama. Edward and Marian, the young couple at the center of the story, are led away onto dark and strange paths, while their friends and lovers are forced to make new and surprising choices. Watching over all of them is Jackson, a mysterious and charismatic figure who becomes Benet's manservant, and who, in guiding the young lovers into the light, has to make his own obscure and agonizing decisions.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Murdoch's disappointing latest (after The Green Knight, 1994, etc., etc.) is a reprisal of her usual themes without her usual verve: a mysterious Calibanlike figure eases the heartache of a circle of ... Read full review

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About the author (1995)

Iris Murdoch was one of the twentieth century's most prominent novelists, winner of the Booker Prize for The Sea. She died in 1999.

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