The Girls Of Slender Means

Author: Muriel Spark
Editor: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811213790
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The last months of World War II bring unforgettable experiences to the residents of a young spinsters' club in Londons' West End

The Girls Of Slender Means New Directions Classic

Author: Muriel Spark
Editor: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811221040
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"Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions," begins The Girls of Slender Means, Dame Muriel Spark's tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies' hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II. Like the May of Teck Club itself—"three times window shattered since 1940 but never directly hit"—its lady inhabitants do their best to act as if the world were back to normal: practicing elocution, and jostling over suitors and a single Schiaparelli gown. The novel's harrowing ending reveals that the girls' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding some tragically painful war wounds. Chosen by Anthony Burgess as one of the Best Modern Novels in the Sunday Times of London, The Girls of Slender Means is a taut and eerily perfect novel by an author The New York Times has called "one of this century's finest creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment."

The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie

Author: Muriel Spark
Editor: Everyman Paperback Classics
ISBN: 9781857152746
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The brevity of Muriel Spark's novels is equaled only by their brilliance. These four novels, each a miniature masterpiece, illustrate her development over four decades. Despite the seriousness of their themes, all four are fantastic comedies of manners, bristling with wit. Spark's most celebrated novel, THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE, tells the story of a charismatic schoolteacher's catastrophic effect on her pupils. THE GIRLS OF SLENDER MEANS is a beautifully drawn portrait of young women living in a hostel in London in the giddy postwar days of 1945. THE DRIVER'S SEAT follows the final haunted hours of a woman descending into madness. And THE ONLY PROBLEM is a witty fable about suffering that brings the Book of Job to bear on contemporary terrorism. All four novels give evidence of one of the most original and unmistakable voices in contemporary fiction. Characters are vividly etched in a few words; earth-shaking events are lightly touched on. Yet underneath the glittering surface there is an obsessive probing of metaphysical questions: the meaning of good and evil, the need for salvation, the search for significance.

Lovely Things To Make For Girls Of Slender Means

Author: Eithne Farry
Editor: Weidenfeld & Nicolson Limited
ISBN: 9780297859543
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Provides information on basic sewing skills to create and refashion a variety of clothing items on a limited budget.

Memento Mori

Author: Muriel Spark
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Memento Mori The Girls Of Slender Means A Far Cry From Kensington

Author: Muriel Spark
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Vocation And Identity In The Fiction Of Muriel Spark

Author: Rodney Stenning Edgecombe
Editor: University of Missouri Press
ISBN: 9780826207500
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"Selecting novels representative of distinct phases in Muriel Spark's career, Rodney Stenning Edgecombe explores their themes, style, and structure in a detailed way for the first time. Edgecombe's approach brings to life the delicate nuances, rich allusions, and complicated ironies of Spark's fiction. His careful reading of the novels makes this a penetrating assessment of an important writer."--Publishers website.

The Driver S Seat

Author: Muriel Spark
Editor: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 0811221369
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The Driver’s Seat, Spark’s own favorite among her many novels, was hailed by the New Yorker as “her spiny and treacherous masterpiece.” Driven mad by an office job, Lise flies south on holiday — in search of passionate adventure and sex. In this metaphysical shocker, infinity and eternity attend Lise’s last terrible day in the unnamed southern city that is her final destination.

All The Stories Of Muriel Spark

Author: Muriel Spark
Editor: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811214940
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Four brand new tales are now added to New Directions' original 1997 cloth edition of Open to the Public. This new and complete paperback edition now contains every one of her forty-one marvelous stories, catnip for all Spark fans. All the Stories of Muriel Spark spans Dame Muriel Spark's entire career to date and displays all her signature stealth, originality, beauty, elegance, wit, and shock value.No writer commands so exhilarating a styleplayful and rigorous, cheerful and venomous, hilariously acute and coolly supernatural. Ranging from South Africa to the West End, her dazzling stories feature hanging judges, fortune-tellers, shy girls, psychiatrists, dress designers, pensive ghosts, imaginary chauffeurs, and persistent guests. Regarding one story ("The Portobello Road"), Stephen Schiff said in The New Yorker: "Muriel Spark has written some of the best sentences in English. For instance: 'He looked as if he would murder me, and he did.' It's a nasty piece of work, that sentence."

The Ghost Stories Of Muriel Spark

Author: Muriel Spark
Editor: New Directions Publishing
ISBN: 9780811215497
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Presents a collection of ghost stories, including "The Hanging Judge," "The Seraph and the Zambesi," and "The Portobello Road."