The Bachelors

The Bachelors

by Muriel Spark
     
 

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A barrister, a "priest," a detective, a lovelorn Irishman, a handwriting expert, a heinous spiritual medium — the very British bachelors of Spark's novel come in every stripe
First found contentedly chatting in their London clubs and shopping at Fortnum's, the cozy bachelors (as any Spark reader might guess) are not set to stay cozy for long. Soon enough,

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A barrister, a "priest," a detective, a lovelorn Irishman, a handwriting expert, a heinous spiritual medium — the very British bachelors of Spark's novel come in every stripe
First found contentedly chatting in their London clubs and shopping at Fortnum's, the cozy bachelors (as any Spark reader might guess) are not set to stay cozy for long. Soon enough, the men are variously tormented — defrauded or stolen from; blackmailed or pressed to attend horrid séances — and then plunged, all together, into the nastiest of lawsuits. At the center of that suit hovers pale, blank Patrick Seton, the medium. Meanwhile, horrors of every size plague the poor bachelors — from the rising price of frozen peas ("Your hand's never out of your pocket") to epileptic fits, forgeries, spiritualists foaming with protoplasm, and murder. And every horror delights: each is lit up by Spark's uncanny wit — at once malicious, funny, and deadly serious. The Bachelors shows "the most gifted and innovative British novelist" (The New York Times) at her wicked best.

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Library Journal
Spark's 1960 novel follows a group of British bachelors whose cozy little world is shattered when they suddenly find themselves the target of blackmail, fraud, and other bits of nastiness courtesy of one of the lads. Spark is always a great read. Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780811214247
Publisher:
New Directions Publishing Corporation
Publication date:
09/28/1999
Series:
New Directions Classic Series
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.20(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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