Memento Mori

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Poignant, hilarious, and spooky, Memento Mori addresses old age
In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice on the telephone reminds each: Remember you must die. Their geriatric feathers are soon thoroughly ruffled, and many an old unsavory secret is dusted off.

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Overview

Poignant, hilarious, and spooky, Memento Mori addresses old age
In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice on the telephone reminds each: Remember you must die. Their geriatric feathers are soon thoroughly ruffled, and many an old unsavory secret is dusted off.

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Editorial Reviews

Michael Schaffer
[A]cidly funny tale of aging and death...a marvelously crafted, tautly written novel...
Philadelphia Inquirer
Library Journal
Spark spikes the Geritol of a group of London senior citizens, who begin receiving anonymous phone calls reminding them that death is coming. These seemingly sweet old people, evidently, have some fairly dark pasts. Add in a dash of blackmail and a pinch of adultery, and you have some good, not-so-clean fun. Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.\
Alan Taylor
Scotland has created just three great novelists his names still resound around the globe. The first was Walter Scott…the original best seller. His heir was Robert Louis Stevenson…Then came Muriel Spark, whose wit and wisdom sparkle like a Cartier diamond…
—Alan Taylor, Scotland—on—Sunday
Stephen Schiff
She had been a starving editor and writer in the classic style when success bonked her on the head in the late fifties…With Memento Mori, a complex, beautiful, and terrifyingly insightful novel about old age, which Graham Greene claimed 'has delighted me as much as any novel that I have read since the war.'
—Stephen Schiff, The New Yorker
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811223041
  • Publisher: New Directions Publishing Corporation
  • Publication date: 5/27/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 223
  • Sales rank: 498,314
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.70 (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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Table of Contents

There is a Waugh—like brilliance to Memento Mori, in the easy economical narrative, the continuous convention producing a series of surprises, the well—cut dialogue, the controlled tone. This last is the most remarkable of Miss Spark's achievements. Nothing is forced, least of all the humor.
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