Iris Murdoch's richly peopled novel revolves round a happily married couple Kate and Octavian, and the friends of all ages attached to their household in Dorset. The novel deals with love in its two aspects, the self-gratifying and the impersonal: - the nice and the good - as they are embodied in a fascinating array of paired characters. 'The Nice and the Good' leads through stress and terror to a joyous and compassionate 'Midsummer Nights Dream' conclusion, in which the couples all sort themselves out neatly and omnia vincit amor.
“Iris Murdoch is incapable of writing without fascinating and beautiful colour”
“Iris Murdoch was one of the best and most influential writers of the twentieth century”