The Perfect Lover Author:Christopher Priest The year is 1985. The Wessex project, a privately funded scientific experiment, discover a method to transport the collective unconscious of some of England's most brilliant minds into an illusory and ideal society. The object: to gather information vital to our survival on earth. — But in the process, power, deception, and love join to jeopard... more »ize this philanthropic program. Paul Mason makes Julia a slave to his love and plots to control this sunny island utopia of swift hydrofoils, citrons presses, and crescent beaches. David Harkman discovers a yellowing scrap of newsprint that is a historical time bomb for the imagined world. And Julia Stretton, escaping from her ruined life in the real world, thrives in this magical place that, until the unexpected arrival of a disastrous agent, seemed to be her "perfect lover."
As in John Fowles's "The Magus," identities and appearance in "The Perfect Lover" change and deceive against a background of intrigue at a dizzying rate, making this novel a piercing examination of the human psyche.« less