Perhaps this book was far too British for my taste. I couldn't relate to any of the characters and the plot kept throwing me for a loop (well I liked that aspect, sort of, when it made sense to me). It is a dark dark tale of age and perception and I felt as ambivalent about it as the characters feel about their lives. Loved the ending. If typos annoy you, avoid the 1988 Penguin paperback, although I doubt any other version is proofed any better. Kudos to Ms. Wesley for writing this book when she was 70 years old.