Muriel Spark poll

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System, Sunday, 30 May 2021 00:01 (six months ago) link

only ever tried miss jean brodie, which i could not really get into

picked up copies of The Only Problem (1984) & Reality and Dreams (1996) for cheap at a book sale this weekend
so now own those plus Memento Mori (1959) & Symposium (1990)...

...will try one of that bunch sometime this summer~

johnny crunch, Monday, 7 June 2021 14:35 (five months ago) link

The Comforters fell apart a bit in the middle; there's some slackening when Caroline and Laurence go for a bit, the meta/madness slips out of focus and the pieces are just moving around.

Not to Disturb - these early 70s ones novellas of the already dead keep doing it for me. I keep seeing this one described as satire or parody,
that it's about servant problem or locked room novels, but as per it seems stranger than that - what I'm actually enjoying is hanging between the style (present-tense, hypnotic) and how uncomfortable the play with predestination makes the whole set-up. Wedding scene is something else again.

Voted for Abbess of Crewe in the end. May take a break, or move on to The Takeover.

woof, Monday, 7 June 2021 15:04 (five months ago) link

woof, you're right about The Comforters.

So who you gonna call? The martini police (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 7 June 2021 15:10 (five months ago) link

the driver's seat absolutely slaps, thank you poll

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Friday, 18 June 2021 02:37 (five months ago) link


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