The Girls of Slender Means (New Directions Classic)
"Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions," begins The Girls of Slender Means, Dame Muriel Spark's tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies' hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II.Like the May of Teck Club itself—"three times... show more
"Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions," begins The Girls of Slender Means, Dame Muriel Spark's tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies' hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II.Like the May of Teck Club itself—"three times window shattered since 1940 but never directly hit"—its lady inhabitants do their best to act as if the world were back to normal: practicing elocution, and jostling over suitors and a single Schiaparelli gown. The novel's harrowing ending reveals that the girls' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding some tragically painful war wounds. Chosen by Anthony Burgess as one of the Best Modern Novels in the Sunday Times of London, The Girls of Slender Means is a taut and eerily perfect novel by an author The New York Times has called "one of this century's finest creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment."
Publish date: April 17th 1998
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 140
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, British Literature
, Book Club
, Historical Fiction
, Literary Fiction
, 20th Century
, Female Authors
What an odd story. What an odd composition. Told mostly in flashbacks, The Girls of Slender Means tells of a group of girls who share lodgings at a home for women under 30 who have limited means of income. The story is mostly set during the summer of 1945 - between the end of the war in Europe and...
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This is the only novel of hers I've read, but Spark has a lot in common with Shirley Jackson: a keen ear for dialogue that on the surface says little, but reads volumes, a building aura of foreboding, and a sympathy for the outsider that doesn't exclude them from scrutiny.'The Girls of Slender Means...
I thought 'The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie' would be difficult to match, but I was wrong. This books had the same trademark elements as 'The Prime ...' but, in addition, is shows humour and tragedy from the very first page.
Can't say much without giving away a good bit about it. Was good, but not quite Jean Brodie level, but that's okay. Spark's writing is just mesmerising.
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