Dame Lettie Colston, 79 and pioneer penal reformer, has much in common with the elderly residents of the Maud Long Medical Ward. All are united by scorn, resentment, boredom - and the humour that masks the awareness of impending death. Then the insidious telephone calls begin.
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There is a Waugh-like brilliance to this novel, in the easy economical narrative, the continuous invention 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 humour ( V. S. Naipaul, NEW STATESMAN)
I am reading a trio of novels by Muriel Spark, a marvelously witty English writer, one of the few lady writers I like to read. Her best, I think, is Memento Mori, which is chillingly brilliant ( Tennessee Williams)
This funny and macabre book has delighted me as much as any novel that I have read since the war ( Graham Greene)
A brilliant and singularly gruesome achchievement ( Evelyn Waugh)
A brilliant, daring and darkly funny novel by Muriel Spark, 'mistress of the highest high comedy' (The Times)
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Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1973. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0140015469
Book Description Penguin Books Ltd, 1973. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0140015469