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The Bachelors - Canons (Paperback)
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The Bachelors - Canons (Paperback)

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Paperback 240 Pages / Published: 03/12/2015
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The Bachelors displays the best of Sparkian satire, placing her at the heart of a great literary tradition alongside Waugh and Trollope, Wilde and Wodehouse. It demands rediscovery. 'It's easy to see why Waugh admired The Bachelors. On one level, it is a blithely carnivorous satire in the Waugh mould. The bachelors of the title - almost the only men we meet in the narrative - are the thirty-something male barristers, teachers, journalists and museum attendants of a small patch of West London. They lead inturned, doddery, superannuated lives, pottering between grocers, coffee-houses, bedsits and the houses of their mothers and aunts. But the comedy here is serious in a way that Waugh's satanically energetic comedies of misery rarely are ...comedies of English manners have seldom been darker' Daily Telegraph

'My admiration for Spark's contribution to world literature knows no bounds. She was peerless, sparkling, inventive and intelligent - the creme de la creme' - Ian Rankin

'Muriel Spark's novels linger in the mind as brilliant shards, decisive as a smashed glass is decisive' - John Updike, New Yorker

'The pleasure of this bleakly funny book derives from the contrast between Spark’s sprightly narration – she flits here and there, introducing new characters and sub-plots- and the sluggards she describes.' - Independent 

Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781782117551
Number of pages: 240
Weight: 164 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 15 mm
Edition: Main - Canons Edition


MEDIA REVIEWS
A wholly original presence in modern literature -- ANDREW MOTION
Muriel Spark's novels linger in the mind as brilliant shards, decisive as a smashed glass is decisive -- JOHN UPDIKE * * New Yorker * *
I am dazzled by The Bachelors. It is the cleverest and most elegant of all Mrs Spark's clever and elegant books -- EVELYN WAUGH
She has a receptive and wholly distinctive genius -- A N WILSON * * Spectator * *
My admiration for Spark's contribution to world literature knows no bounds. She was peerless, sparkling, inventive and intelligent - the creme de la creme -- IAN RANKIN
A profoundly serious comic writer whose wit advances, never undermines or diminishes, her ideas * * New York Times Book Review * *
The care with which she uses words is matched by a gloriously carefree attitude. It's all part of her sanity, her breezy authorial self-confidence; and because of this I think that reading a blast of her prose every morning is a far more restorative way to start a day than a shot of espresso * * Daily Telegraph * *
Spark is a natural, a paradigm of that rare sort of artist from whom work of the highest quality flows as elementally as current through a circuit * * New Yorker * *
It's easy to see why Waugh admired The Bachelors. But the comedy here is serious in a way that Waugh's satanically energetic comedies of misery rarely are . . . comedies of English manners have rarely been darker * * Daily Telegraph * *

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