When I look at a painting it either ‘speaks’ to me or even moves me, or remains mute. So it will be with you and this book. Bennet has created a character of an artistic and intellectual young woman who is also sensuous, passionate and yielding, ‘a man’s woman’. He tells her story in the first person, and for this purpose he has created a striking, emotionally charged, poetic style of prose that he thinks befits such a character. She loves music, and her experiences while listening to it are among the most enchanting pages of the book. She loves, and she suffers. And she writes novels that bring her fame and wealth. When reading the book you will wonder if such a woman could ever exist, if it is not an embodiment of the author’s yearning for that kind of Woman, and that kind of Love. What is her destiny? It is difficult to account for the ‘sacred’ and the ‘profane’ in the various manifestations of love throughout her story. Granted, it is a puzzling book, but it is also a rewarding read. Provided of course that this work of art ‘speaks’ to you.