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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark
0060931736
February 1999
Paperback
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From AudioFile
Geraldine McEwan tackles with aplomb Muriel Spark's rich tale of individuation among small-minded academics. Set in Edinburgh in the tempestuous political era of the 1930s, the story's universal theme of standing up against conventionality is still relevant and stirring nearly seventy years later. McEwan glides through Spark's text, adeptly altering her accents and intonations to suit each character. There is hardly a moment when it is not absolutely clear who is speaking. All this adds to the complete package of the audiobook, making it suitable for casual listeners and students of literature alike. R.A.P. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

-- Chicago Tribune
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The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark
0001046934
Sept 1999
Audio Cassette - Abridged
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From AudioFile
Geraldine McEwan tackles with aplomb Muriel Spark's rich tale of individuation among small-minded academics. Set in Edinburgh in the tempestuous political era of the 1930s, the story's universal theme of standing up against conventionality is still relevant and stirring nearly seventy years later. McEwan glides through Spark's text, adeptly altering her accents and intonations to suit each character. There is hardly a moment when it is not absolutely clear who is speaking. All this adds to the complete package of the audiobook, making it suitable for casual listeners and students of literature alike. R.A.P. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

-- Chicago Tribune
"A perfect book." --This text refers to the...


Memento Mori
Muriel Spark
0811214389
May 2000
Paperback
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From Library Journal
Spark spikes the Geritol of a group of London senior citizens, who begin receiving anonymous phone calls reminding them that death is coming. These seemingly sweet old people, evidently, have some fairly dark pasts. Add in a dash of blackmail and a pinch of adultery, and you have some good, not-so-clean fun. Copyright 2000 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Stephen Schiff, The New Yorker
She had been a starving writer and editor in the classic style when success bonked her on the head in the late fifties...with Memento Mori, a complex, beautiful, and terrifyingly insightful novel about old age, which Graham Greene claimed 'has delighted me as much as any novel that I have read since the war.' [Her oeuvre] now makes up one of the most trenchant and accomplished bodies of...


Muriel Spark(Everymany's Library Series): The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of Slender Means, The Driver's Seat, The Only Problem
Muriel Spark
1400042062
April 2004
Hardcover
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Review
“Muriel Spark is one of the few writers on either side of the Atlantic with enough resources, daring, and stamina to be altering, as well as feeding, the fiction machine…We are never out of touch in a Spark novel with the happiness of creation; the sudden willful largesse of magic and wit, the cunning tautness of suspense.”–John Updike, The New Yorker

“One of our greatest living novelists.” –The Times

“Spark’s powers of invention are apparently inexhaustible.” –Commonwealth

“[Spark is] one of this century’s finest creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment.” –New York Times

“Some of [Spark’s] finest fictions are novellas rather than novels, short enough to be read in a...


Girls of Slender Means
Muriel Spark
081121379X
April 1998
Paperback
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From Library Journal
"Spark, as usual, has perfectly plotted and peopled this giddy world of postwar delirium and girls' dormitory life," said LJ's reviewer of this satirical novel (LJ 10/1/63), which follows the low-income female inhabitants of London's May of Teak Club in the summer of 1945. Spark is always worth having.Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

John Updike, The New Yorker
Muriel Spark's novels linger in the mind as brilliant shards, decisive as a smashed glass is decisive.

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The Finishing School
Muriel Spark
0385512821
Sept 2004
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
A swift, blithe comedy of sexual and creative jealousy plays out on the grounds of a dubious finishing school in Dame Spark's gem of a novel, her 22nd. College Sunrise, founded by would-be novelist Rowland Mahler and his practical wife, Nina Parker, is a mobile institution (currently situated in Lausanne) at which very little of use is taught. Rowland does preside over a popular creative writing class (with five students, it boasts more than half the school's enrollment), while Nina takes care of the office business and dispenses delicious advice in her informal etiquette seminars ("[I]f you, as a U.N. employee, are chased by an elephant stand still and wave a white handkerchief. This confuses the elephant's legs"). Trouble arrives in the form of redheaded, 18-year-old Chris Wiley, who has come to College Sunrise...


The Finishing School
Muriel Spark
1400077397
November 2005
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
A swift, blithe comedy of sexual and creative jealousy plays out on the grounds of a dubious finishing school in Dame Spark's gem of a novel, her 22nd. College Sunrise, founded by would-be novelist Rowland Mahler and his practical wife, Nina Parker, is a mobile institution (currently situated in Lausanne) at which very little of use is taught. Rowland does preside over a popular creative writing class (with five students, it boasts more than half the school's enrollment), while Nina takes care of the office business and dispenses delicious advice in her informal etiquette seminars ("[I]f you, as a U.N. employee, are chased by an elephant stand still and wave a white handkerchief. This confuses the elephant's legs"). Trouble arrives in the form of redheaded, 18-year-old Chris Wiley, who has come to College Sunrise...


Aiding and Abetting
Muriel Spark
0385720904
Mar 2002
Paperback
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Book Review
First, a bit of history: The seventh Earl of Lucan disappeared on November 7, 1974, leaving behind the battered body of his children's nanny and a beaten wife. Widely covered in the press, his sensational story has had a surprisingly long half-life, and the speculation about his whereabouts has never quite died out. In this book, Muriel Spark toys with several provocative issues arising out of the case: identity, class, blood ("it is not purifying, it is sticky"), and the dynamics of psychiatry ("most of the money wasted on psychoanalysis goes on time spent unraveling the lies of the patient").

Aiding and Abetting opens sometime late in the 20th century, when an Englishman in his 60s walks into the Paris practice of famed Bavarian psychiatrist Dr Hildegard Wolf and announces that he is the missing Lord Lucan. Yet...



Time Bites: Views and Reviews
Doris May Lessing
0060831405
November 2005
Hardcover
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From Publishers Weekly
Arguably the grande dame of English letters—the list of her published works comes to 60-plus—Lessing has always been outspoken about literature, politics and social issues. The 65 essays and book reviews collected here range over those topics and others, all declaimed in Lessing's brisk, wry voice and articulated with pragmatic intelligence. Her literary reviews always amplify the book at hand; the pieces on Virginia Woolf, Leo Tolstoy and Jane Austen resonate with fresh insight. Her enthusiastic reconsiderations of authors who are little read today, including Olive Schreiner, George Meredith, A.E. Coppard and Walter de la Mare, may pique readers' curiosity. Another obscure book, about an American prostitute, comes to light in the fascinating "The Maimie Papers." Six essays discuss the writer Idries...


730 Easy Science Experiments with Everyday Materials
E. Richard Churchill
1579123872
July 2004
Other Format
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Book Description
From the cover: 730 Easy Science Experiments with everyday materials. Extraordinary, easy, exciting projects including *the singing balloon *dancing cereal puffs *cigar-box guitar *the collapsing bottle *the talking coin *taming an onion. Master the arts and skills of *the incredible shrinking face *the trick straw race * the cookie test. And answer all important questions *Why is there air? *Where does my shadow go? *and 719 more! Plastic comb-spiral binding. Over 1400 illustrations!


The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie
Muriel Spark
0613119991
Feb 1999
Hardcover
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From AudioFile
Geraldine McEwan tackles with aplomb Muriel Spark's rich tale of individuation among small-minded academics. Set in Edinburgh in the tempestuous political era of the 1930s, the story's universal theme of standing up against conventionality is still relevant and stirring nearly seventy years later. McEwan glides through Spark's text, adeptly altering her accents and intonations to suit each character. There is hardly a moment when it is not absolutely clear who is speaking. All this adds to the complete package of the audiobook, making it suitable for casual listeners and students of literature alike. R.A.P. (c) AudioFile 2000, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.

-- Chicago Tribune
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Theorising Muriel Spark: Gender, Race, Deconstruction
Martin McQuillan (Editor)
0333794141
February 2000
Hardcover
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Review
...these diverse and engaging essays offer much-needed depth and substance to Spark criticism...Highly recommended...
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Muriel Spark
Bryan Cheyette
0746309074
Sept 2001
Paperback
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The Mandelbaum Gate
Muriel Spark
0786106492
Mar 1994
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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From AudioFile
An insistent Englishwoman, a half-Jewish covert to Catholicism, crosses from Israeli-held to Jordanian-held Jerusalem. The backdrop is the Eichmann trial of 1961. So begins a series of bizarre, sometimes comic events. By limiting himself to a single English and a single Arab accent, the narrator fails to provide this dialogue-rich text with adequate texture. He does achieve successful transitions through deliberate pauses and changes of voice. Thus, we're able to follow the many tangents the author uses to enrich the story and our listening pleasure. J.K.R. (c)AudioFile, Portland, Maine


Seduction and Death in Muriel Spark's Fiction, Vol. 107
Photeine E. Apostolou
0313316511
July 2001
Hardcover
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Book Description
Muriel Spark's fiction often considers the seductive and destructive power of social structures, such as religion and education. These structures lure Spark's characters with their promise of power. But after entering the structure's domain to exploit the mastery it offers, the characters are imprisoned by rules and codes, until they finally come undone. Through a postmodern reading of Spark's works, such as The Comforters (1957), The Public Image (1968), (1959), The Driver's Seat (1970), Reality and Dreams (1996), and Aiding and Abetting (2000), this book analyzes the power these structures hold.

About the Author
FOTINI E. APOSTOLOU is Lecturer in English Literature at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Her interests are in the 19th and 20th century British novel. She...


The Bachelors
Muriel Spark
0786118350
Oct 2000
Audio Cassette - Unabridged
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From Library Journal
Spark's 1960 novel follows a group of British bachelors whose cozy little world is shattered when they suddenly find themselves the target of blackmail, fraud, and other bits of nastiness courtesy of one of the lads. Spark is always a great read. Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

Evelyn Waugh
Brilliantly original and fascinating. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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All the Stories of Muriel Spark
Muriel Spark
081121494X
November 2001
Paperback
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From Publishers Weekly
Coming just four years after the cloth edition of Open to the Public: New and Collected Stories, which introduced readers to 10 new Spark tales, this collection tacks on four slight additions and brings the total of Spark's stories to 41. The new entries are brief variations on familiar Stark themes: social standing is comically depicted in "The Snobs," the ownership of family history is probed through photographs in "A Hundred and Eleven Years Without a Chauffeur" and benign ghostly experiences account for the remaining two stories. Taken together, they're not a major inducement for owners of the 1997 collection to indulge again so soon. Those who know Spark mainly from her novels, however (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie; Loitering with Intent), will be pleased to snap up this treasure trove, markedly best for...

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