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The Comforters Paperback – 1964

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  • Paperback
  • 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)
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An interesting plot but this book was overall very disappointing.the characters were at best stereotypes not fully developed, I had to keep looking back to clarify who was who, some characters didn't have a clear role in the story, The writing style was awkward and repatitve
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By emma who reads a lot TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 23 Jun. 2009
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I have been reading my way through all of Muriel Spark, finding that there is enormous variation between the ones I like and the ones that make me raise an eyebrow and go, "errr...?"

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.
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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.
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