"The recent warmhearted memoirs by Murdoch's husband, John Bayley (Elegy for Iris, 1999), virtually guarantee a receptive audience for this rather odd publication. But admirers of Iris Murdoch at her best may well wonder what all the fuss is about."
This thoroughly unremarkable short story (of which only an excerpt previously appeared, in a 1957 anthology) won't add anything to the deservedly high reputation of the late (1918-99) author of such enchantments as The Bell
, Bruno's Dream
, and The Green Knight
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