"All that time, life kept putting its face around the door, but never came into the room."
When Angel learnt her days were numbered, she found it impossible to confide in her husband, Jude. Immersed in the precarious expansion of his business, he little suspected the true cause of her changing health and outlook. And events seemed only too ready to conspire in her silence.
Her dilemma swiftly launched them both on a course bound for disaster. It was to weave a web of misunderstanding which prompted Jude's infidelity and Angel's poignant involvement with "the bookseller of Glenfinnie", reaching a crisis where Jude's own life was imperilled.
While she fought shy of the truth, Angel did not dream that Life was to take on a magnified dimension and place everyday ritual in an ongoing context.
But before that could happen, she was to make an interior journey of discovery, seeing in her condition some analogy with the global unrest of our times and why, perhaps, in western culture, the subject of death is notoriously taboo.
Were Life and Death two sides of the same coin?
1st Edn. 1980 - Even stronger relevance today.