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Territorial Rights: Complete & Unabridged Audio Cassette – Audiobook, 1 Sep 1990

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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Chivers Audio Books (Sept. 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0745163009
  • ISBN-13: 978-0745163000
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 17.1 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,239,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Witty yet elegant, Territorial Rights is a celebration of human imperfection and complexity, with as many shifting identities, wardrobe changes, and sumptuous settings as a comic opera. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'The greatest Scottish novelist of modern times . . . my admiration for Spark's contribution to literature knows no bounds' Ian Rankin

Robert wants nothing more than to become a serious art historian. But his hopes for an academic life are put on hold when he flees from London to Venice to escape one lover and seek out another: the enigmatic Bulgarian refugee Lina Pancev. In the baffling maze of canals and winding streets where reality shifts and changes like reflections on water, Robert encounters a grand carnival of lust, lies, blackmail, cocktail parties and regicide. As he chases Lina, his heart's desire, the city provides a priceless education in love, art and beauty.

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...what tune the enchantress plays'. This is my ninth Muriel Spark novel since I opened the score 50 years ago with The Ballad of Peckham Rye. She was an enchantress then, and she is an enchantress still. Territorial Rights is one of her best. It is set in Venice, something that just on its own will get many a reader on the author's side right away, particularly a reader who knows Venice at first hand. You will probably expect to find quite a variety of actors in a plot set there, but I defy any reader not to be dazzled by Muriel Spark's harlequinade of semi-puppets, not really oddballs for the most part, just taken from a wide selection of different backgrounds. Probably most of us do not encounter, say, gangsters or anti-Semitic Eastern European refugees (the book's date is 1979) in our everyday lives, but we know perfectly well that we are probably not far from them wherever we live.

And of course this is not documentary but fiction - fiction by the great Muriel Spark. One very amusing feature of this story is the way Spark lets us know that she knows how good she is. One of the characters is reading a novel, of a kind she often reads, and several quotations are provided from it. I don't know whether it is a real book or an invention of Muriel Spark's, but these snippets have the idiom off to a t, one way or the other. It's the sort of stuff that has put me off novels all my life - the totally uninteresting relationships of people I don't want to know about. I even feared in the early stages of Territorial Rights that Mrs Spark might be going down that gloomy path herself. I should have known better, and the plot gets more interesting chapter after chapter.

The style is beautiful, as always.
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I had read Muriel Spark`s The Mandelbaum Gate some years ago and had thought it a very fine novel and of course I know her reputation. So, I expected more of this. It is well written from the point of view of language and the dialogue is often quite good. However, the plot is middle of the road Hollywood and the characters not much better. I didn`t really care a lot who the people were or what they were up to.
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Very disappointing. This is, in my view, the worst novel written by Muriel Spark. Weak plot and characters.
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It turned out to be a set of tapes. As I do not have tape player I have returned it to the supplier
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