The Good Apprentice by Iris Murdoch

The novel centers around a young man wracked with guilt after his involvement in a tragic accident that resulted in the death of his friend. As he struggles to come to terms with his actions, he embarks on a quest for redemption, seeking guidance from a variety of mentors, including a revered psychoanalyst and a spiritual father figure. Set against a backdrop of complex family dynamics and moral dilemmas, the story delves into themes of good and evil, the nature of sin, and the possibility of spiritual and psychological healing. The protagonist's journey is a deep exploration of conscience, responsibility, and the search for meaning in the aftermath of catastrophe.

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