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The girls of slender means (original 1963; edition 1998)

by Muriel Spark

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Title:The girls of slender means
Authors:Muriel Spark
Info:New York : New Directions Pub., 1998.
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Tags:British literature, novel, Q4 12

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The Girls of Slender Means by Muriel Spark (1963)

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Can't say much without giving away a good bit about it. Was good, but not quite Jean Brodie level, but that's okay. Spark's writing is just mesmerising. ( )
  thebookmagpie | Mar 13, 2016 |
Can't say much without giving away a good bit about it. Was good, but not quite Jean Brodie level, but that's okay. Spark's writing is just mesmerising. ( )
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
Can't say much without giving away a good bit about it. Was good, but not quite Jean Brodie level, but that's okay. Spark's writing is just mesmerising. ( )
  hoegbottom | Jan 30, 2016 |
Don't look for plot in this Spark that nevertheless sparkles with suppressed lust and outright gusto. Gives us a glimpse of what we might have seen a group of people trying to survive between VE and VJ day in 1945 go through on a typical day. ( )
  dbsovereign | Jan 26, 2016 |
  living2read | Feb 26, 2015 |
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may, nadiaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions.
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"Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions," begins The Girls of Slender Means, Dame Muriel Spark's tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies' hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II.

Like the May of Teck Club itself—"three times window shattered since 1940 but never directly hit"—its lady inhabitants do their best to act as if the world were back to normal: practicing elocution, and jostling over suitors and a single Schiaparelli gown. The novel's harrowing ending reveals that the girls' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding some tragically painful war wounds.

Chosen by Anthony Burgess as one of the Best Modern Novels in the Sunday Times of London, The Girls of Slender Means is a taut and eerily perfect novel by an author The New York Times has called "one of this century's finest creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment."

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The lady inhabitants of a London ladies' hostel emerging from the shadow of World War II, do their best to act as if the world were back to normal, all the while maintaining a front for some tragically painful war wounds.

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