The Mandelbaum Gate

By Muriel Spark
Read by Frederick Davidson

11.53 Hours 01/01/1994 unabridged
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The Mandelbaum Gate divides the conflict-torn realm of Jerusalem, separating Israel from Jordan. Barbara Vaughn, a stubborn young Englishwoman and half-Jewish Catholic convert, insists upon crossing the divide in order to rendezvous with her fiancé, in spite of the very real danger. Not even the threat of bodily harm and fearful admonishments of staid British diplomat Freddy Hamilton can dissuade Barbara from her ill-timed pilgrimage. Her quest sets off a series of bizarre situations and adventures, set against the backdrop of the Eichmann trial of 1961. Muriel Spark has created a many-faceted novel, both comic and serious, enriched by a wealth of information.

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Summary

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Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1965

The Mandelbaum Gate divides the conflict-torn realm of Jerusalem, separating Israel from Jordan. Barbara Vaughn, a stubborn young Englishwoman and half-Jewish Catholic convert, insists upon crossing the divide in order to rendezvous with her fiancé, in spite of the very real danger. Not even the threat of bodily harm and fearful admonishments of staid British diplomat Freddy Hamilton can dissuade Barbara from her ill-timed pilgrimage. Her quest sets off a series of bizarre situations and adventures, set against the backdrop of the Eichmann trial of 1961.

Muriel Spark has created a many-faceted novel, both comic and serious, enriched by a wealth of information.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The Mandelbaum Gate is a fascinating performance...It crosses the tradition of the novel of female sensibility with modern exotic fiction...it is not a book to miss.” New York Times
“Takes the breath away…Pure adventure…Suspense as artfully maintained as anything by Graham Greene.” New Republic
“English-accented Frederick Davidson turns in a memorable performance.”  Library Journal
“[Davidson] achieve[s] successful transitions through deliberate pauses and changes of voice. Thus, we’re able to follow the many tangents the author uses to enrich the story and our listening pleasure.” AudioFile

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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, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 11.53
Audience: Adult
Language: English