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Chosen by Anthony Burgess as one of the Best Modern Novels in theSunday Times of London, The Girls of Slender Means is a taut and eerily perfect novel by an author The New York Times has called "one of this century's finest creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment."
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Spark writes with a light comic touch, but there's an undertone of a kind of existential desperation.--Patrick T. ReardonFrom the Back Cover:
The Girls of Slender Means is Dame Muriel Spark's tragic portrait of a London ladies' hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II. Like the May of Teck Club itself - "three times window-shattered since 1940 but never directly hit" - its lady inhabitants do their best to act as if the world were back to normal: practicing elocution, and jostling over suitors and a single Schiaparelli gown. The novel's ending reveals that the girls' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding some tragically painful war wounds.
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Book Description Macmillan, London, 1990. Hard Cover. Condition: Near Fine. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. Reprint. 183pp. Very good to nr fine in v good dw with sunned spine Set in 1945 around a club designed for young single women who live and have a career in London. Size: 8vo. Seller Inventory # 9737