By Iris Murdoch
A comedian novel approximately paintings and love, wealth and fame
Jake Donaghue, garrulous artist, meets Hugo Bellfounder, silent philosopher.
Jake, hack author and sponger, now penniless flat-hunter, seeks out an previous female friend, Anna Quentin, and her glamorous actress sister, Sadie. He resumes acquaintance with the bold Hugo, whose ‘philosophy’ he as soon as presumptuously dared to interpret. those conferences contain Jake and his eccentric servant-companion, Finn, in a sequence of adventures that come with the abduction of a film-star puppy and a political rebel on a movie set of old Rome. Jake, involved, longs to profit Hugo’s mystery. maybe Hugo’s key is Hugo himself? Admonished, enlightened, Jake hopes eventually to turn into a true author.