Group Read, October 2021: Memento Mori

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Group Read, October 2021: Memento Mori

1puckers
Sep 30, 2021, 3:42 pm

Our October group read is Memento Mori by Muriel Spark. Please join in the read and post any comments on this thread.

2Helenliz
Oct 12, 2021, 1:35 pm

I've finished this, my first 1001 book in a very long time.

It seems to be quite a sympathetic portrait of old age and its various trial and tribulations. I thought it interesting how he message was heard and received by the different characters in very different ways. A couple of times I wondered if I knew who was behind it, but I'm not sure that I ever did. The way that events spiral out of the characters' control was quite shocking. And the end is just a bit sad, but true.

3Lynsey2
Oct 20, 2021, 3:47 pm

I just started reading this and am 70 pages in. I enjoy Muriel Spark's subtle sense of humor. I found myself chuckling at the start of chapter 5:
"Mrs Anthony Knew instinctively that Mrs. Pettigrew was a kindly woman. Her instinct was wrong."

4Lynsey2
Edited: Oct 25, 2021, 10:53 am

Finished and I would probably reread this book sometime down the road, which is saying something from a person who doesn't reread much. Funny, in a darkly comic sort of way. Great characters. I appreciated the different ways they all approached the phone calls reminding them they must die.
Does anyone have thoughts as to who the phone caller was? Does it matter?