The heart of the matter

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Originally published in 1948 and widely acclaimed a modern classic, The Heart of the Matter tells the story of a good man enmeshed in love, intrigue, and evil in a West African coastal town. His name is Scobie, and he is a man bound by strict integrity to his role as assistant police commissioner and by severe responsibility to his wife, Louise, for whom he cares with a fatal pity. When he falls in love with Helen, a childlike widow of nineteen, and finds vital passion yielding again to pity, and integrity giving way to deceit and dishonor, the crisis makes for a novel that is suspenseful, always fascinating, and finally tragic. At its center is the unforgettable portrait of one man, flawed and yet heroic, destroyed and redeemed by a terrible conflict of passion and faith.
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subject_facet Adultery -- Fiction
Africa -- Fiction
Africa, West -- Fiction
British -- Africa -- Fiction
Catholics -- Fiction
Christian fiction
Colonial administrators -- Fiction
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Great Britain -- Colonies -- Atlantic Coast (Africa) -- Fiction
Marriage -- Fiction
Married people -- Fiction
Psychological fiction
Religious fiction
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