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A Far Cry from Kensington - Muriel Spark
A Far Cry from Kensington
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Set on the crazier fringes of 1950s literary London, A Far Cry from Kensington is a delight, hilariously portraying love, fraud, death, evil, and transformation.Mrs. Hawkins, the majestic narrator of A Far Cry from Kensington, takes us well in hand, and leads us back to her threadbare years in... show more
Set on the crazier fringes of 1950s literary London, A Far Cry from Kensington is a delight, hilariously portraying love, fraud, death, evil, and transformation.Mrs. Hawkins, the majestic narrator of A Far Cry from Kensington, takes us well in hand, and leads us back to her threadbare years in postwar London. There, as a fat and much admired young war widow, she spent her days working for a mad, near-bankrupt publisher ("of very good books") and her nights dispensing advice at her small South Kensington rooming-house. At work and at home Mrs. Hawkins soon uncovered evil: shady literary doings and a deadly enemy; anonymous letters, blackmail, and suicide. With aplomb, however, Mrs. Hawkins confidently set about putting things to order, little imagining the mayhem which would ensue. Now decades older, thin, successful, and delighted with life in Italy -- quite a far cry from Kensington -- Mrs. Hawkins looks back to all those dark doings, and recounts how her own life changed forever. She still, however, loves to give advice: "It's easy to get thin. You eat and drink the same as always, only half....I offer this advice without fee; it is included in the price of this book." A masterwork by "Britain's greatest living novelist" (Sunday Telegraph, 1999), A Far Cry from Kensington has been hailed as "outstanding" (The Observer) and "wickedly and adroitly executed" (The New York Times). "Far Cry is, among other things, a comedy that holds a tragedy as an egg-cup holds an egg" (Philadelphia Inquirer).
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780811214575 (0811214575)
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 189
Edition language: English
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The girl of slender means
The girl of slender means rated it
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Our Intrepid Heroine
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4.0 A Far Cry from Kensington
A Far Cry from Kensington takes place mainly in 1950s London. The narrator, Mrs Agnes (Nancy) Hawkins, is a highly competent editor who begins the novel on the front lines of a failing publishing company. She's sort of an all-purpose secretary/editor who listens to the complaints and schemes of the ...
Austen to Zafón
Austen to Zafón rated it
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Read this while I was visiting London and enjoyed the references to different parts of the city. Spark is as good as her name, giving us witty dialog and a pistol of a main character who never misses an opportunity to air her seemingly outrageous but often insightful opinions.
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