Alex and Jonathan's marriage is enhanced by the birth of their daughter, Joanna, but a visitor from Jonathan's past unlocks the truth about his father, Charles, and a devastating legacy of obsession, desire, betrayal and revenge. Against all rational thinking, Charles's obsession with Sophie consumes him utterly, throwing his solitary, well-ordered life into turmoil. His obsession lasts a lifetime and destroys a family. Fearing for the darkness overhanging Joanna's life, Alex is compelled to hear Charles's story and to attempt to make reparation for the past, heal old wounds, and forgive dark sins.
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A beguiling novel of love and infidelity; a confident debut (Anita Brookner) A deeply emotional first novel...a story of lust, sex, rewarding and unrewarding, the agony of betrayal discovered, the cruelty of abandonment, the bitterness of losing self control...the story moves remorselessly forward towards an inevitable climax and a shocking final confession...A disturbingly powerful work. -- The Tablet
A good read -- The Sunday Times
Excellently crafted -- Independent on Sunday
As well as its strong storyline, A RATIONAL MAN is concerned with issues of mystery and faith and what happens when these are challenged and undermined.
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Book Description Random House UK, 1996. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0091792096