The Girls of Slender Means

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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 ...

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Overview

"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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Chicago Tribune
“Spark writes with a light comic touch, but there's an undertone of a kind of existential desperation.”— Patrick T. Reardon
Patrick T. Reardon - Chicago Tribune
“Spark writes with a light comic touch, but there's an undertone of a kind of existential desperation.”
Chicago Tribune
Spark writes with a light comic touch, but there's an undertone of a kind of existential desperation.— Patrick T. Reardon
Library Journal
"Spark, as usual, has perfectly plotted and peopled this giddy world of postwar delirium and girls' dormitory life," said LJ's reviewer of this satirical novel LJ 10/1/63, which follows the low-income female inhabitants of London's May of Teak Club in the summer of 1945. Spark is always worth having.
Anthony Burgess
"One of the best modern novels." -- The London Sun. Times Rev.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811213790
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: New Directions Classic Series
  • Pages: 140
  • Sales rank: 210,677
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

The writer of “some of the best sentences in English” (The New Yorker), Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was the author of dozens of novels including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, and The Driver’s Seat. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.

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    Posted October 16, 2014

    Not at this price borrow if library still has

    Depressing and besides english english

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    Posted January 6, 2014

    Lol havent read

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