Search Results: "Muriel Spark"


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Muriel Spark  by Linette Arthurton Bruno
Released: March 23, 2013

"With the tenor of a thoroughly researched student essay, this insightful book will appeal to fans eager to learn more about a talented author."
An informed yet dry scholarly essay examining the significance of time in Muriel Spark's fiction. Read full book review >

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THE FINISHING SCHOOL by Muriel Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 21, 2004

"Another perfect little novel of manners from the ever-wondrous Spark (Aiding and Abetting, 2001, etc.): a microcosm of the world we live in, constructed with wizardry, delicacy, sharp eye, and huge heart."
At 82, Dame Spark brings yet again a brimming supply of wit, drollery, understatement, and plain human interest to a tale—this one about changing sexual alliances in a tiny private school in Europe. Read full book review >

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OPEN TO THE PUBLIC by Muriel Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 29, 1997

"By contrast, Spark's earlier tales included here are pointed, disturbing, and distinctly original."
Spark's shrewd publishers simply add ten new stories—roughly 60 pages—to her last Collected volume of 1985, with the new work including mostly short, clever bits and bagatelles, a grab-bag of tales seemingly occasioned, more often than not, by a word or phrase. ``The Things About Police Stations,'' for example, spins a little nightmare from the phrase ``unspeakable crimes.'' And ``The Quest for Lavishes Ghast'' chronicles a history of mishearing. Read full book review >

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Released: Jan. 17, 1961

"With the past record, the publisher's big push, and The New Yorker advance showing, this stands on its own."
An attention-getting writer (novels, Memento Mori. Read full book review >

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LOITERING WITH INTENT by Muriel Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 28, 2001

"In this 'grand, elusive little entertainment,' we spotted 'eccentric comedy on the surface and serious literary matters scurrying around below.'"
Though first published only 20 years ago, Spark's offbeat fiction certainly deserves a place in the publisher's line of contemporary classics. Read full book review >

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AIDING AND ABETTING by Muriel Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Feb. 20, 2001

"Quick, incisive, often entertaining, sometimes mysterious, at a moment or two compelling, but overall and generally, slight. Yet, from this venerable author, even slight is still Sparkian."
With her usual and famous narrative economies—though without the deeper energies she's created in other of her books—Dame Muriel weaves her own fabric out of the real-life bits and threads left by the vile Lord Lucan. Read full book review >

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REALITY AND DREAMS by Muriel Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 28, 1997

"Profound art disguised as a lark."
You know you're in the hands of a master when her sleek and suggestive new novel, a sophisticated comedy of manners, is so smart and seductive that you fail to notice how completely you've accepted a world gone utterly awry. Read full book review >

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CURRICULUM VITAE by Muriel Spark
NON-FICTION
Released: May 1, 1993

Spark's autobiography takes her from her Edinburgh childhood in the 20's to just after the publication of her first novel, The Comforters, in the 50's. Read full book review >

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A FAR CRY FROM KENSINGTON by Muriel Spark
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 18, 1988

"But the greater pleasure comes from the surprising tidiness of this gently moral tale."
With all the wit and stylistic aplomb we've come to expect of her, Spark casts a withering glance at some fringe characters who people London literary life at mid-century. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Jan. 3, 2017

"A straightforward presentation that promotes values of conduct most of us would be proud to share."
Three former U.S. military officers advocate for transferring military leadership methods into the civilian business sector and beyond. Read full book review >

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SPARK by Brigid Kemmerer
CHILDREN'S
Released: Sept. 1, 2012

"For more discerning fans of the genre and those who enjoyed the previous title. (Paranormal romance. 11-15)"
Enjoyable and as illogical as is dictated by paranormal-romance conventions, round two of The Elemental Series is set apart by its focus on the viewpoint of the guy. Read full book review >

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SPARK by John Twelve Hawks
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"With its fascinating protagonist, Hawks' first book since his Forth Realm trilogy sets itself apart from other futuristic thrillers."
If you suffer from a condition that makes you think you're dead, robbing you of all human feeling, does that make you a better killer for hire? Hawks' latest dystopian adventure explores the possibilities. Read full book review >