Starts brilliantly, ends with score-settling, name-dropping and other forms of boasting. Both because I’ve lived in Edinburgh, so I find it fascinating to read about other experiences of the same place although obviously very different times! There, our likeness to each other was greatly remarked on. I can confirm The Abbess of Crewe is one of her odder books…. Carcanet Press Ltd 27 Nov. I, too, had similar experiences when I wrote a novel; I just kept reaching into this great grab-bag of ideas and I had no idea where they were coming from or whether they really made any sense to anyone but me.
This was the start of my move in literature towards the short story and then the novel. A bit light on how she felt about things. Some fragments are brilliant, others are just interesting. She alludes to, but does not discuss, her family’s relative poverty or her mother’s drinking. I adore Muriel Sparks’ novels. Thank you for sponsoring the Reading Muriel event this year.
At the end of World War II, she makes her way back to the UK and later sends for her son, who then is raised apparently by her parents. Delightful rendition especially of early years in Edinburgh – so different from current times but in such a contemporary voice and view. Spark longed to leave Africa, partly because of her domestic situation, and partly because she could not tolerate the hideous racism of the white colonists.
In fact she chose to settle in London rather than Edinburgh in order to witness the bombing.
Curriculum Vitae – Muriel Spark () | heavenali
The later part of the book has left me a little bit ambivilent. Reply I’d like to read this alongside the biography that was recently published. Jan 26, Laurie rated it it was amazing Shelves: The book ends with the success of her first novel, The Comforterswhich is based on the word hallucinations she had while taking Dexedrine, and also on the Book of Job. Another Spark review from me — three books reviewed in one day, gosh!
There are definite signs of the latent novelist in Spark:. And she writes about the links between her life and her novels really well.
Muriel Spark: “Curriculum Vitae”
She says next to nothing about her son, and as I mentioned earlier, very little about her marriage. Indeed, Spark often finishes an anecdote by mentioning which short story or novel the event helped influence. Interesting, but I wanted more.
I’ll put this on the list as well. While veracity might not be Spark’s guiding light here, she certainly gives the impression of not wanting to fall into the deceitful traps of the memoirist. I would not curriiculum untruths, but I was nonetheless working with a persona that only represented part of me and not all of me.
It has been pointed out, both by her biographer and by other readers, that this memoir skates lightly over many momentous cuurriculum painful parts of her life. The memoir is written in the same style as her novels. Details from this account feature in many of her books and short stories.
Customers who viewed this item revieew viewed. Get to Know Us. I find it difficult to explain why I became a Catholic and it seems to be no different for Spark.
Curriculum Vitae: A Volume of Autobiography by Muriel Spark
The autobiography describes the first 39 years of her life, from her birth murile the publication of her first book, The Comfortersin Reply Oh you must, Harriet! At the age of 18 she met and married Sydney Spark and moved to Rhodesia now Zimbabwe where he was posted as a teacher. Lots about her working life, very little Curriculum Vitae by Muriel Spark – Very Good After reading the first five novels for ReadingMuriel I decided to have a change and read her autobiography, out of the suggested reading order.
Not that her narrators are particularly unreliable — just the question of reliability seems to be rather sidelined. And my contribution to the week is here: 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.
A Volume of Autobiography. A wonderfully observant and detailed romp through Edinburgh in the s; thoughts on being white in Curricuulum Rhodesia Zimbabwe and South Africa around ; wartime UK; and delightfully narrated nasty little trials and tests of a young woman in a position of professional authority.
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The main beneficiary of Scottish philanthropy over several centuries was education, so Spark was able to go to a good school at little or no cost to her parents. A word to the wise: Her intelligence and talent were evident from an early age.