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Bit of a Struggle if I'm Honest
on 28 February 2014
Muriel Spark's first novel, published at the time of the kitchen sink realism of the Angry Young Men, and seems from my perspective 50 years on as a studied satire of what was then the height of literary and dramatic fashion. Though there's plenty of Spark's acid wit, and souffle light writing style to enjoy, as others have said the novelist as a character in someone else's novel device gets a bit laboured, and disappears altogether at times. Though some of the (mostly female) characters are drawn as interesting people doing fantastical things, others don't work for me, especially the Satanic part of the plot, which I just found dull.