Altered States, By Anita Brookner: A Précis

The intent to betray was never realized. Alan Sherwood did not find and bed his first love, Sarah Miller, in Paris. But the one night he spent away from his wooden wife, Angela, killed her.

“If a man so much looks at a woman with lust, he has committed adultery.” So says the Gospel. It appears to be correct in this case.

The way to Alan’s hell was paved with bad intentions.

He never really lived again.

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