- Hardcover: 160 pages
- Publisher: Triad Books; New edition edition (25 Nov. 1982)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0586055843
- ISBN-13: 978-0586055847
- Product Dimensions: 17.2 x 11 x 1 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,663,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Loitering with Intent (Panther Books) Hardcover – 25 Nov 1982
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The most gloriously entertaining novel since THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE (A.N. Wilson, SPECTATOR)
I read this book in a delirium of delight...robust and full-bodied, a wise and mature work, and a brilliantly mischievous one (NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW)
Unflagging wit and inventiveness (TIME MAGAZINE)
This is Muriel Spark in the splendid form of those marvellous and influential novels of her earlier career (THE TIMES) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This extremely clever novel sees life imitating art and art imitating life. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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It is a quality rare in most other books with a strong, modern, singular voice -- demonstrated by few other contemporary authors, certainly Greene and Murdoch.
The astute narration ensures great storytelling with unforeseen, complicated twists -- a combination of who-dunnits, what-ifs? and how-on-earths? -- that will keep the reader continuously entertained.
Furthermore, it offers excellent insight into the mind of a writer, as Spark creates a literary protagonist. Fleur's observations are highly witty, intelligent and perceptive, creating real, mildly-ridiculous characters. As we warm to Fleur's vivacity we can't help but share in her mocking.
The parallels of art (literature) to life is a prominent and cleverly developed theme. What is Spark saying? As life starts to dangerously imitate art, does Spark reiterate her character's belief that the two are entirely intertwined; life is not life without art?
Similarly, the relationship between life and religion is then considered (the subtle subtext of the novel), adding a dimension to the tale, whilst remaining highly, and surprisingly, contemporary).
In fact it is the subtleties of the novel that should enthuse the reader, always conveyed with wit and half-explored satire, demanding the participation of the reader's own imagination.
We leave the novel with the conviction that Fleur is infallible. Her triumph becomes our triumph.Read more ›
There are two things however that Fleur doesn't count on. One was what a strange group of people the Autobiographical Association are and just how difficult, pompous and ruthless her boss Sir Quentin Oliver is. The other is that sometimes life really does imitate art (something I think Muriel Spark was really focused on discussing in this book) as the storylines, character traits and even dialogue of her book start to appear in her work life and then all around her.
I have to admit it's the last bit that I struggled with. I was really enjoying Fleur's story, I loved the crazy and egomaniac characters we were meeting within the Autobiographical Association. Characters are Spark's forte so I knew I would love all of them now matter how vile, in fact sometimes with Spark the crazier the better. I thought the character of `Dottie' a true Sparkian (!?!) English Rose with thorns was brilliant, the fact she was Fleur's lovers wife and yet they were sort of friends and enemies all at once was written brilliantly and made for some great scenes and devious goings on. I especially loved Sir Quentin's mother the wickedly funny Lady Edwina who threw herself into every scene which she could and stole the show.Read more ›
Worth having if you are a Sparkophile. (i am not even going to try to do a review of the book itself as I think she is a genius and I love her naughty books about the perils of London literary life.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
There is no author at present capable of writing like this. An absolute joy!Published 7 months ago by Christine Clarke
I must have missed the point of this book but to me it seemed off-hand, arrogant and boring. A book within a book, characters you don't care about, and a narrator who says she... Read morePublished 7 months ago by A. Reader
Have read 2 other Muriel Spark novels which I enjoyed as they had a strong storyline. This however didn't keep my attention as much - too many characters who were irrelevant.Published 9 months ago by Mrs Patricia Brown
Loved this book. Just re-read the Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (first read over 40 years ago). Loitering with Intent is written in much the same style and I thoroughly enjoyed both... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Anne Duguid
This was first published in 1981 and shortlisted for the Booker prize the same year, though it is set in 1949/50 in London. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Stuart C.
Of all Muriel's books, I suspect this is more an autobiography that the Curiculum Vitae!!Published 24 months ago by Gabrielle