The Finishing School

The Finishing School

Large Print - 2004
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The lethally witty and morally penetrating new novel by one of the world's most admired writers College Sunrise is a somewhat louche and vaguely disreputable finishing school located in Lausanne, Switzerland. Rowland Mahler and his wife, Nina, run the school as a way to support themselves while he works, somewhat falteringly, on his novel. Into his creative writing class comes seventeen-year-old Chris Wiley, a literary prodigy whose historical novel-in-progress, on Mary Queen of Scots and the murder of her husband Lord Darnley, has already excited the interest of publishers. The inevitable result: keen envy, and a game of cat and mouse not free of sexual jealousy and attraction. Nobody writing has a keener instinct than Muriel Spark for hypocrisy, self-delusion and moral ambiguity, or a more deliciously satirical eye. The Finishing School is certain to be another Spark landmark, an addition to one of the world's most lauded and entertaining bodies of work.
Publisher: Oxford, UK : Isis Publishing Ltd. , 2004
Edition: Large Print
ISBN: 9780753172278
Branch Call Number: L.P. SPAR
Characteristics: 131 p


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Apr 09, 2013

Muriel Spark seems to go in for sassy romps that she tells with such a light touch, it can be hard to know what to think of the story. The writing is good but the story unbelievable, and told with such a flat affect that it's difficult to engage with or care much about the characters. Still, somehow, I enjoyed this one, and the other of hers I've read so far, A Far Cry From Kensington (not available in Hamilton PL - had to borrow it from Burlington PL). Spark's books so far strike me as being a bit like a long joke, an extensive build-up to a savoury punchline.

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