The Bachelors by Muriel Spark audiobook

The Bachelors

By Muriel Spark
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A barrister, a “priest,” a detective, a lovelorn Irishman, a handwriting expert, a heinous spiritual medium … the very British bachelors of Muriel Spark’s supreme 1960 novel come in every stripe. First found contentedly chatting in their London clubs and shopping at Fortnum’s, the cozy bachelors are not set to stay cozy for long. Soon enough, the men are variously tormented—defrauded, stolen from, blackmailed, or pressed to attend horrid séances—and then plunged, all together, into the nastiest of lawsuits. At the center of that suit hovers pale, blank Patrick Seton, the medium. Meanwhile, horrors of every size plague the poor bachelors—from epileptic fits to forgeries, spiritualists foaming with protoplasm, and murder—and each horror delights, lit up by Spark’s uncanny wit, at once malicious, funny, and deadly serious.

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Summary

Summary

A barrister, a “priest,” a detective, a lovelorn Irishman, a handwriting expert, a heinous spiritual medium … the very British bachelors of Muriel Spark’s supreme 1960 novel come in every stripe. First found contentedly chatting in their London clubs and shopping at Fortnum’s, the cozy bachelors are not set to stay cozy for long. Soon enough, the men are variously tormented—defrauded, stolen from, blackmailed, or pressed to attend horrid séances—and then plunged, all together, into the nastiest of lawsuits. At the center of that suit hovers pale, blank Patrick Seton, the medium. Meanwhile, horrors of every size plague the poor bachelors—from epileptic fits to forgeries, spiritualists foaming with protoplasm, and murder—and each horror delights, lit up by Spark’s uncanny wit, at once malicious, funny, and deadly serious.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I am dazzled by The Bachelors. It is the cleverest and most elegant of all Mrs. Spark’s clever and elegant books.” Evelyn Waugh
“One of the most decisive and unmistakable voices in contemporary fiction…Spark concocts a present-tense deadpan that is at once lyrical, extravagant, and gruesomely funny.” New Yorker
“Completely, searingly original.” Independent (London)
“A rare writer…wickedly funny…astonishingly talented…and truly inimitable.” San Francisco Examiner-Chronicle
“Incomparable reader May’s gentle British accent perfectly animates The Bachelors, a novel of sophisticated wit.”  Booklist
“Spark is always a great read.” Library Journal

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Author

Author Bio: Muriel Spark

Author Bio: Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was the author of over twenty novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, as well as critical biographies, radio plays, children’s books, poetry, and short-story collections. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1993 and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1996.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 7.00
Audience: Adult
Language: English