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Chibiabos83

Muriel Spark

Seriously? No Muriel Spark thread? OK, have this one. One of our favourite writers around here, I think.

What's prompted me to start a thread on Spark is that some nice people in the blogosphere are having a Muriel Spark Reading Week in two and a bit months. You can read about it here. I think I might join in, in a minor way. Can't promise to blog about it, but at least I'll post here when I've read anything. I've got several of her books on the TBR. Would anyone like to join me? I'll remind us nearer the time.
Chibiabos83

The response when I posted this was overwhelming... Anyway, it's Muriel Spark Reading Week next week. (Google the phrase if you want to find Sparkian discussions in the ether.) I'll try and read two or three of her books. Anyone who wants to join me will be very welcome!
Chibiabos83

I read The Driver's Seat today. It was most excellent. See here: http://somewhereboy.wordpress.com...rk-reading-week-the-drivers-seat/
Evie

Excellent indeed!  I am sorry not to be joining you on this...I do love old Muriel, as you know, but just too much else that I am committed to reading at the moment...bad timing.  I forgot about your original post, and am currently quite disorganised.  She is someone whose books I *need* though.
Marita

Ive never read Muriel Spark but now is not the right time. Im halfway through The Old Curiosity Shop and still have a lot of Dickens to read. Shes definitely on the TBR though.
Chibiabos83

This week goes from strength to strength. Finished today: Curriculum Vitae. It is just brilliant. Review here. I'll need a break after the next one.

Quite right to point out that Muriel Spark doesn't have to be read this week. She can be read at other times too, and indeed should, it might be argued.
Pilgrim

Hello

Im newly come to these forums, and have been browsing to determine what theyre all about.  And so I arrived at Muriel Spark.  Ive been a fan for a long time.

I recently pared down my collection of her work, passing them on to a local library, and am left with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and The Abbess of Crew which two are in my opinion as good as ever she wrote.

Im still not really sure whether I like or loathe Miss Brodie.  On the other hand I admire but do not like the Abbess.

Regards,

Pilgrim.
Chibiabos83

Pilgrim wrote:
Im still not really sure whether I like or loathe Miss Brodie.

Welcome from me, Pilgrim. I think I err on the loathe side, but it's a delicate balancing act. I'm always impressed when an author creates a character who is sympathetic in some way in spite of his/her monstrousness. Miss Brodie's definitely a monster, but she's also frail. To her dying day she is tortured by the notion of having been betrayed by one of her girls. A sad end for a remarkable person.
Pilgrim

Hello, Chibiabos83.

Some years ago, when my interest in Muriel Spark was in its prime, I purchased an illustrated Folio Society edition of Miss Brodie.  What a joy is a book of that quality and what a danger that one may come to love books as books (bindings, paper, type, etc.) rather than for their contents.  But a thing of beauty is a joy forever; and I find it painful to imagine a time when there were not only no printed books, but very few books of any kind, and when most people could neither read nor write.

Regards,

Pilgrim.
Castorboy

Chib, following your review of a Spark novel on a recent thread and faced with a cold, wet autumn weekend, I have just finished Loitering With Intent about an aspiring writer who believes her first novel is being used by a charlatan. I can understand why you would enjoy such an accomplished author. Thank you for encouraging me to read Muriel Spark.

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