Unforgettably astounding and a joy to read, Memento Mori is considered by many to be the greatest novel by the wizardly Dame Muriel Spark.In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice on the telephone informs each, "Remember you must die." Their... show more
Unforgettably astounding and a joy to read, Memento Mori is considered by many to be the greatest novel by the wizardly Dame Muriel Spark.In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice on the telephone informs each, "Remember you must die." Their geriatric feathers are soon thoroughly ruffled by these seemingly supernatural phone calls, and in the resulting flurry many old secrets are dusted off. Beneath the once decorous surface of their lives, unsavories like blackmail and adultery are now to be glimpsed. As spooky as it is witty, poignant and wickedly hilarious, Memento Mori may ostensibly concern death, but it is a book which leaves one relishing life all the more.
Publish date: June 17th 2000
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 228
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Literary Fiction
, Modern Classics
, Female Authors
Memento Mori - "Remember you must die" is the message that an anonymous caller issues to several elderly people, who all react differently to receiving the nuisance calls. What follows is a confused look into the lives of the recipients of these calls and into the way that society neglects the eld...
The voice on the telephone won't stop reminding Dame Lettie Colston that she must die. The police won't take her seriously and even her brother doesn't believe her until he starts receiving calls himself. Memento Mori primarily involves two groups of elderly people: Dame Lettie's set and the residen...
Abridged version of my review posted on Edith’s Miscellany on 15 November 2013 The plot of Memento Mori revolves around a circle of Londoners in their seventies and eighties who have known each other for ages, most of them well-to-do and suffering to different degrees from the common afflictions o...
This is a strange, beautiful, eerily elegant book. The premise is simple: several elderly British people have been receiving phone calls from someone who says, “Remember you must die.” How each of them responds to this message is the story, which is deeply humorous without being flippant.I was surpr...