Ralph Messenger is approaching 50 and feeling rather pleased with himself. As director of Cognitive Science at the University of Gloucester, he is in demand on the study of human consciousness. Despite his implicit agreement with his wife not to stray, he is tempted by novelist Helen Read.
His outlook on life and bold advances seem to fascinate her. She resists until a series of events that radically confirm the truth of Ralph's dictum, "We can never know for certain what another person is thinking..."
©2001 David Lodge (P)2002 W F Howes Ltd
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I don't know how old the narrator is but his voice isn't right for this. The narrating characters are in their 40s but sound well over sixty, and his treatment of the female "voice" annoyed me considerably. All prim and proper and much too posh, and all wrong for the sharp and ironic modern woman the book portrays.
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