Loitering with Intent

Loitering with Intent

by Muriel Spark
     
 

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Muriel Spark in prime form: one of her most enjoyable, complex, and instructive jeux d'esprit.
"How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century," Fleur Talbot rejoices. Happily loitering about London, c. 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job "on the grubby edge of the literary world," as secretary to the

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Muriel Spark in prime form: one of her most enjoyable, complex, and instructive jeux d'esprit.
"How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century," Fleur Talbot rejoices. Happily loitering about London, c. 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job "on the grubby edge of the literary world," as secretary to the peculiar Autobiographical Association. Mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance—or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case. But when its pompous director, Sir Quentin Oliver, steals the manuscript of Fleur's new novel, fiction begins to appropriate life. The association's members begin to act out scenes exactly as Fleur herself has already written them in her missing manuscript. And as they meet darkly funny, pre-visioned fates, where does art start or reality end? "A delicious conundrum," The New Statesman called Loitering with Intent.

Editorial Reviews

New York Times Book Review Book Review
[A] delirium of delight....robust and full-bodied, a wise and mature work, and a brilliantly mischievous one.
A.S. Byatt
[O]ne of Muriel Spark's most accomplished moral fables or puzzles...it provides considerable insight and wit, and no easy answers.
Auberon Waugh
I found it a delight from start to finish—funny, unexpected and compulsively readable...this strange, immensely enjoyable novel. —Daily Mail

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811214742
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
06/28/2001
Series:
New Directions Classic Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
224
Sales rank:
1,444,055
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(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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