All sharp and snappy and beautifully observed as you would expect. Of late I've been a little bogged down with the quest to read all the novels and also with Martin Stannard's biography and I found these so much more enjoyable. Looking forward to reading the remaining short stories in the near future. Because Muriel Spark seems to be idolised, especially in my home country of Scotland, I hesitated before posting this review.
Beyond that, however, with only a few exceptions I also found them to be overlong, cumbersome and boring. The tone is Disappointed. I have never managed to finish reading such a long and tedious book. The only reason I did, was because it was this months reading group choice.
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Although I don't know why I bothered and wrote copious notes even more boring , so I would remember the 41 stories within, as I was the only one who attended the meeting who had actually persevered! A large and very diverse collection of short stories ranging from satire to long meditative South African novellas and from travel sketches to macabre little ghost stories. Highly enjoyable, although perhaps not all in one go.
Some of the stories are quite dark, but I enjoyed nearly all of them. Muriel Spark uses phrases like "squackle wackle" and lavishes ghast.
These stories are brilliant. And the narrators did a superb job with them.
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Feb 03, Emily rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy. Such a huge mix of stories here. Some I loved, some I didn't. Most around the 3 or 4 star mark. I actually kept star ratings for every story, but really no one - not even me - cares about that.
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I tend to really like Muriel Spark's writing and there were some really great stories in this collection. Some amazing female characters and some perfectly surreal scenarios. She's a particular taste but there is probably something in this collection most people could enjoy. I perhaps should have spread ou Such a huge mix of stories here.
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Short Stories. About Muriel Spark. Muriel Spark. Dame Muriel Spark, DBE was a prolific Scottish novelist, short story writer, and poet whose darkly comedic voice made her one of the most distinctive writers of the twentieth century.
In The Times newspaper named Spark in its list of "the 50 greatest British writers since ". She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in , in recognition of her services to literature. Spark received eight honorary doctorates in her lifetime. Spark grew up in Edinburgh and worked as a department store secretary, writer for trade magazines, and literary editor before publishing her first novel, The Comforters , in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie , published in , and considered her masterpiece, was made into a stage play, a TV series, and a film.
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