- Publisher: Penguin (1964)
- ASIN: B000S30V3U
- Product Dimensions: 18 x 11.2 x 1.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,038,163 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Comforters Paperback – 1964
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Top Customer Reviews
This is one of the latter, a very strange book, which is reminiscent to me of one of the darkest Ealing comedies. A granny who smuggle diamonds in bread (yes, I did keep thinking of Alec Guiness in drag), an assortment of odd people, and most of all the weird Caroline Rose who keeps hearing voices which indicate she knows the novel is being written about her.
At this point, we are suddenly into fiercely post-modern, self-aware, Italo Calvino territory. You may really enjoy it, I found it off-puttingly strange. And I do enjoy a lot of post-modern fiction, but this is such a weird mix of that and a rather English comic novel. Anyway, she was clearly defiantly trying to do something new, from her very first publication, and that I really admire. Even when you are not enjoying her books, there is that strength and intelligence in them which you cannot help but revere.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The best British women-writer; the novel, interesting and well-written, is as good as her other works. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Harry
I was in the mood for some Spark's writing and knew that I'd probably like this book. While I wasn't immediately drawn in, the story grow on me the more I read and I ended up... Read morePublished on 18 July 2014 by CoffeeandCake
This is all a bit mad - and meant to be, of course. Lawrence is worried about his mother who seems to be involved in a kind of smuggling gang, though nothing is very clear, and... Read morePublished on 16 July 2012 by Eileen Shaw
Strange little book with a totally silly plot: Caroline, a recent convert to Catholicism, has started hearing voices and a 'ghost typewriter'. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2012 by sally tarbox