Loitering with Intent by Muriel Spark audiobook

Loitering with Intent

By Muriel Spark
Read by Wanda McCaddon

4.93 Hours 09/01/2002 Unabridged
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“How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century,” Fleur Talbot rejoices. Loitering about London in 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job “on the grubby edge of the literary world,” as secretary to the odd Autobiographical Association. Are they a group of mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance—or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case. But when its pompous director, Sir Quentin, steals the manuscript of Fleur’s new novel, fiction begins to appropriate life. The association’s members begin to act out scenes exactly as Fleur herself had already written them in her missing manuscript. And as they meet darkly funny, pre-visioned fates, where does art start or reality end? This novel is Muriel Spark in prime form, one of her most enjoyable, complex, and instructive jeux d’esprit.

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Summary

Summary

A 1981 Man Booker Prize Finalist

“How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century,” Fleur Talbot rejoices. Loitering about London in 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job “on the grubby edge of the literary world,” as secretary to the odd Autobiographical Association. Are they a group of mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance—or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case.

But when its pompous director, Sir Quentin, steals the manuscript of Fleur’s new novel, fiction begins to appropriate life. The association’s members begin to act out scenes exactly as Fleur herself had already written them in her missing manuscript. And as they meet darkly funny, pre-visioned fates, where does art start or reality end?

This novel is Muriel Spark in prime form, one of her most enjoyable, complex, and instructive jeux d’esprit.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“I read this book in a delirium of delight. In Loitering with Intent, Miss Spark returns to the early flawless form of Memento Mori and The Comforters…robust and full-bodied, a wise and mature work, and a brilliantly mischievous one.” New York Times Book Review
“One of Spark’s very best novels—funny and clever and surprising.” New Republic
“A delicious conundrum.” New Statesman
“Generating hilarious turns of phrase and larger-than-life characters…Spark’s inimitable style make this literary joyride thoroughly appealing.” Publishers Weekly
“Spark’s involved plots, unhurried pace, and willingness to poke at the intricate eccentricities of human behavior are well served by [Wanda McCaddon’s] reading. [McCaddon] easily manages the story’s complex, numerous strands…It’s a credit to [McCaddon] that we can keep track of the wealth of personality and detail Spark offers.” AudioFile

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.93
Audience: Adult
Language: English