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"A profoundly serious comic writer whose wit advances, never undermines or diminishes, her ideas" (New York Times Book Review)
"A wholly original presence in modern literature" (ANDREW MOTION)
"She has a receptive and wholly distinctive genius" (A N WILSON Spectator)
"The care with which she uses words is matched by a gloriously carefree attitude. It's all part of her sanity, her breezy authorial self-confidence; and because of this I think that reading a blast of her prose every morning is a far more restorative way to start a day than a shot of espresso" (Daily Telegraph)
"I am dazzled by The Bachelors. It is the cleverest and most elegant of all Mrs Spark's clever and elegant books" (EVELYN WAUGH)
"My admiration for Spark's contribution to world literature knows no bounds. She was peerless, sparkling, inventive and intelligent - the crème de la crème" (IAN RANKIN)
"Muriel Spark's novels linger in the mind as brilliant shards, decisive as a smashed glass is decisive" (JOHN UPDIKE New Yorker)
"Spark is a natural, a paradigm of that rare sort of artist from whom work of the highest quality flows as elementally as current through a circuit" (New Yorker)
"It's easy to see why Waugh admired The Bachelors. But the comedy here is serious in a way that Waugh's satanically energetic comedies of misery rarely are . . . comedies of English manners have rarely been darker" (Daily Telegraph) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
'I am dazzled by The Bachelors. It is the cleverest and most elegant of all Spark's clever and elegant books' Evelyn Waugh
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This is one of her best. I found I had to be very alert and attentive or I was liable to miss some new element lightly thrown into the plot without warning. Muriel Spark's touch is as light as thistledown. The characters in The Bachelors are a down-in-the-mouth lot, ranging from nondescript to squalid, but the author typically stays above, or at least outside, their dreary lightless existence. Thinking back over the book, I can't recall anything that I would classify as a single noble thought or piece of lofty motivation. The theme of bachelordom is not really central to the action, more a storyteller's device to help maintain a sense of unity in the narrative. One has to admire the sheer skill with which she keeps control of such a large cast and so many convoluted situations. The characters talk non-stop - virtually all of the book is between quotation-marks - and we have to get to know them, except in two instances, through what they say, not through what they think by themselves. In one of these cases we get a startling insight into what the medium is really pondering and planning, startling because of the way it contrasts with the idiom of the book generally at least as much as because of the nature of his mind. In the other instance a doctor who hardly features at all in the dialogue shines a moment's blinding light through the encircling murk.Read more ›
I love, love, love reading Muriel Spark and I am happy that I still have some of her writing to look forward to. I won't go into the details of the book; it has been described in a much better fashion than I can do (being non English). Just one advice: If you still have the tremendous pleasure of getting to know this writer; go and search for her books ASAP. Muriel Spark died in 2006 and her books might not be reprinted in a hurry.