I was fascinated from the earliest age I can remember by how people arranged themselves. I can confirm The Abbess of Crewe is one of her odder books…. There are those who clearly annoyed her, and she uses her book to totally dismiss them. If you haven’t read Spark before, this probably isn’t the starting place. Chapter six, which deals wi I should probably have read this before reading the large authorized biography. She is endlessly perceptive, and always concise. One suspects that her antagonists at the Poetry Society were just as foolish, self-important, and malicious as she describes them, but it is also possible that she lacked diplomacy in dealing with them for example telling the elderly and perhaps senile birth control activist Marie Stopes ”

However, she seemed to gloss over quite a lot of heart I am essentially completely unfamiliar with most of Spark’s works; I took this off the shelf because it was shelved near Death and the Maidens, and I felt like some good British-literature-author-writing over the recent rainstorms. Reply I was just starting to wander about Spark’s life and autobiography, so thank you for this! It is indeed strange that, since she does tell of him, she seems a bit detached given the circumstances of their longtime separation during his formative years. Muriel Spark, rest in peace. The goings on with the poetry magazine she edited for a few years sounds like a nightmare. I suspect she picked up part of her penchant for observing people from her parents who would talk about their acquaintances in front of their daughter, often making fun of them and giving them nicknames.

You are commenting using your Facebook account. It’s not an admirable aspect of her character. This last phase of ReadingMuriel is a kind of — sweeping up all that is left phase. Also, she seems to go at some length to defend herself in certain situations that I knew nothing about, so it felt like she was careful to explain how she WASN’T really a bad person and how wrong other people were, to somewhat bitchy lengths in some cases, and I can’t really judge whether she is giving too much weight to situations that are really irrelevant.


It’s also interesting to see where various experiences or people she knew led to books and short stories that she has written and she does point this out for you. Sadly, since she has now died, it is, perhaps, the last bite we shall have, of that. I was just starting to wander about Spark’s life and autobiography, so thank you for this!

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Vitaf wrote this autobiography when she was 37, partly, I think to offset untruths umriel were already emerging. Aug 24, E A M Harris rated it really liked it.

Loitering with Intent was one of my favourites, I can absolutely see how she put herself into the centre of it. She is mostly kind and witty about these people who are dishing out nonsense, but she is a woman who has a firm grip on reason.

June 27, at She did her best in very difficult circumstances and I think he did not behave well to her in later life.

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Wish I hadn’t read it, it’s irrelevant, impertinent and frankly disgraceful. Sadly for us she did not write that volume before her death this year.

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I should probably have muriell this before reading the large authorized biography. Lovely to see we were having some of the same thoughts independently.

muriel spark curriculum vitae review

I really enjoyed sark I did accomplish, but it’s a relatively directionless memoir, so there wasn’t anything enticing enough to pull me through it despite distractions. Had she chosen to write a cattier second memoir about her life as a rising and then famous writer, it would have been cohesive and perhaps successful in a different way than the first.


Curriculum Vitae – Muriel Spark’s autobiography

Oddly enough, Martin Stannard is one of my daughter’s tutors at University and she referred to him as “the guy who wrote the biography of Muriel Curriculkm that she hated” — I wonder if that’s true?! I adore Muriel Sparks’ novels.

The two books have different goals and points of view. The simple explanation is that I felt the Roman Catholic faith corresponded to what I have always felt and known and believed. Reply The book sounds fascinating — thanks for the review!

Those kind of shifts happen a lot when writers describe paintings in their novels: Mar 20, Kathleen rated it really liked it Shelves: Preview — Curriculum Vitae by Muriel Spark. Thanks for telling us about the problem. She did take some writing and secretarial courses that enabled her to enter the working world and gain more of the life experience she was looking for.

Thanks for your review Reply I never doubted she would be an extraordinary person, and she was! Muriel Spark leaves us in no doubt about what she thinks about those by whom she feels let down and betrayed, though there is just a hint of vitriol in her account.

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