The Good Apprentice Author:Iris Murdoch "A brilliant entertainment." (Harold Bloom, The New York Times Book Review) — Edward Baltram is overwhelmed with guilt. His nasty little prank has gone horribly wrong: He has fed his closest friend a sandwich laced with a hallucinogenic drug and the young man has fallen out of a window to his death. Edward searches for redemption through ... more »a reunion with his famous father, the reclusive painter Jesse Baltram. Funny and compelling, The Good Apprentice is at once a supremely sophisticated entertainment and an inquiry into the spiritual crises that afflict the modern world.« less
Not as strong as some of her other books, but still very well written. None of the characters quite reached that "magical" state that she achieves in many of her other novels. It is about a young man who secretly drugs one of his friends in good fun, but the friend ends up falling out a window. The distraught young man goes through a soul-searching quest, meeting his blood father and sisters, catching his legal father in an affair, and having a few mystical experiences via a fortune teller. Good, but not quite great.