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As usual with Iris Murdoch, her evocation of character, description of places and scenes are brilliantly detailed. I confess however to finding some longeurs in this tale. For instance the constant journeys between London and the country taken by many of the characters were sometimes tedious and mildly irritating. However, in retrospect, the whole notion of Jackson himself is a mysterious achievement and almost encourages us to read it again in the light of the final revelation.
Juliet Mills' robust no-nonsense narration is a perfect foil for the many wonderful but deliberately overblown declarations of romantic love or extremities of emotion.