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The Sleep Of Reason (Book Of The Month Edition)
The Sleep Of Reason - Book Of The Month Edition Author:C. P. Snow "The sleep of reason brings forth monsters"-this line from Goya reverberates in C. P. Snow's new novel, the most extraordinary achievement of his career. — The time is 1963; the story takes place chiefly in an English provincial town, and in London. Calmly and with a steady, strong undercurrent of feeling, The Sleep Of Reason begins as a novel ab... more »out the flow of life-Lewis Eliot's sardonic, affectionate relationship with his father, and his pride in his son; his emotional and tactical concern with a university situation affecting the lives of four young people; his old friends, successful and failed. But abruptly the normal flow is arrested, by a horror.
Out of duty to his old friend George Passant, Lewis Eliot becomes involved in a particularly shocking murder case, in which two lesbians are charged with the torture and killing of an eight-year-old boy. C. P. Snow recounts the trial with masterly dramatic skill and precision. As it progresses he brings alive all the people caught up in the case-fascinating in their difference under pressure. And Snow examines the great questions implied: of responsibility, of freedom, of choice, of hope.
The trial ends; The Sleep Of Reason returns to its earlier tempo-to life in its variety, limitations, and promise. This profoundly moving book is a major novel in itself, and a vital key to the meaning of the whole Strangers And Brothers sequence.« less