This is the story of John Strickland, a successful London barrister entering middle age. But it is also a perceptive study of contemporary marriage, adultery, and ambition which echoes the timelessness of human yearning and compromise. At forty, Strickland becomes convinced that he has foolishly sacrificed his early egalitarian convictions for his wife's pseudo-aristocratic pretensions. His discontent erupts when he chances upon Tolstoy's story, The Death of Ivan Ilych, and is catalyzed by the question Ilych puts to himself: Maybe I did not live as I ought to have done? Determined to recover his youthful ideals and gain control of his future, Strickland sets out o a course that further strains his faltering marriage. When he meets a young woman who supports his ambitions, he is drawn into a series of irrevocable decisions. But Strickland has seriously underestimated both of the women in his life. Neither is what she seems. And in the atmosphere of industrial and political turmoil that pervades London in the winter of 1973-74, A Married Man rushes forward to a brutal and tragic denouement.
This hardcover book is in nearly new condition. The dust jacket has edge and shelf wear, and a small corner crease on the inside flap. The flap has a price of $10.95.