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Memento Mori Audiobook – Unabridged

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  • Listening Length: 6 hours and 59 minutes
  • Program Type: Audiobook
  • Version: Unabridged
  • Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
  • Audible.co.uk Release Date: 16 May 2013
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00CTFL3PK

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This is a wickedly sharp and shrewd little book. Absolutely skewers her characters to the page - it's macabre, merciless and enormously enjoyable. Spark's economy and acuity are astonishing - for such a contained, controlled performance there are an awful lot of ideas going on here. Meditations on mortality, morality, friendship, art, work, class and marriage - all in a few, exquisitely pleasurably chapters. The characters are undeniable, the dialogue spot on.

A wonderful book - if you like Hilary Mantel, you should adore Spark. I bought a few of Sparks novels recently because I wanted to try and find a few more female writers I could enjoy besides Mantel, Murdoch, Atwood, Drabble, Weldon. All my absolute favourite writers, aside from Mantel, seem to be men - as a woman, I feel this is perverse, and I am seeking to rectify it. I think I can definitely add Spark to the list. Her ruthless little books fit very neatly into the little modern-gothic niche in my heart's bookshelf!
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I first read this years ago when in my 20's and loved it then. on second reading now in my dotage it struck a much darker note. beautifully observed. When written and first read, the characters were so familiar with the oldies one met. but sadly there seem to be so few of them now. But perhaps it's because there are no writers able to observe and describe us so accurately - or who find old people of interest?
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The best sections of this book in my opinion were the scenes in the geriatric ward, 'the grannies', for their perceptive portrayals of character, speech patterns and emotions, not to say humour. The ward staff on the whole were caring but some attitudes were Spark's reflections on the treatment of the elderly, to be taken note of.

The other characters in the book who were looked after at home or persuaded to enter private nursing homes had, surprisingly, a more difficult time with little sympathy. The character who telephoned as a 'memento mori' was never revealed although the message is clear. The real question is: how does one want to die and where? This is emphatically not an argument for euthanasia but for the elderly to be treated with respect and kindness.
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This is a classic book by one of the really great writers of the middle to late 20th Century; an early work but one which helped to cement her reputation. It still is a splendid read.
The act of purchasing it was simple, and perfectly satisfactory with Amazon fulfilling it's delivery and condition "promises" .
In fact the condition was pristine and the delivery was early - remarkable in these casual times.
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A sharp, dark, dry humorous novel, with much to ponder about the nature of getting very old, particularly the continuation of the younger person within, and the inescapability of death. I am not sure the 'who-dun-it' element of the anonymous letters works - seems to run out of steam at the end. However, the characters and the incisive analysis of their relationships are brilliant.
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I wasn't wild about the book. In my late eighties I don't need reminding that I shall die! There is no plot to speak of so it relies on the conversation of the characters to keep one interested; and to some extent it does, although I wasn't sorry to have reached the end. Nevertheless I remain a fan of her writing.
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Great fun..... And a boost for those entering the twilight years... Makes a nursing or care home seem not what it always looks... I like the idea of old people fighting for their rights.....
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Took a bit of getting into as Muriel Spark is quite a '50s' writer but it was a well thought out plot although I had difficulty keeping track of various characters initially. Definitely worth a read as part of my personal cannon
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