The wages he offered were of the 1936 vintage, and this was 1949, modern times. But I pushed up the starting price a little, and took the job for its promise of a totally new experience.
-- Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark. That is my favorite kind of opening sentence -- one that sets a vivid and particular scene, but also hints at bigger world events with its "not yet been demolished." It gets my brain revved up for a good story because I know she is going to cram a lot in.
I'm a big fan of Muriel Spark, ever since I read The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie because it was on the Modern Library's list of Top 100 Novels of the 20th Century. But I haven't read any lately and was inspired to download the audio edition this one when I read about Nick Hornby's enthusiasm for Spark in More Baths Less Talking: Notes from the Reading Life of a Celebrated Author Locked in Battle with Football, Family, and Time Itself.
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I thought that I had read more from this author, but when I checked the titles on Amazon, The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is the only one I'm sure I've read.ReplyDelete
And Memento Mori, which I didn't really like.
This one sounds fascinating. Thanks for sharing. Here's mine: “SOMEWHERE OUT THERE”
I've heard of Muriel Spark but haven't read anything by her. Thanks for the teaser. Certainly one, that goes on my reading list. You can find mine here: http://aspiritofhealing.com/?p=293ReplyDelete
A slim novel that's a charm to read. If you like Muriel Spark's fiction, you will surely be satisfied with this story's voice and situation.ReplyDelete
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