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The Portobello Road and other stories (Penguin 60s)

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Four stories that illustrate Muriel Spark's unique wit and wisdom: 'The Portobello Road', 'Bang-bang You're Dead', 'The Seraph and the Zambesi' and 'The Dragon' (all taken from The Collected Stories).
Paperback, 86 pages
Published July 6th 1995 by Penguin 60s
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During 2014 I have often waxed lyrical over discoveries of authors unknown to me whose work was selected for the Penguin 60 series. I should look back when I have completed reading the set and rank the most startling discoveries. I am quite convinced that this set of four stories by Muriel Spark will be placed close to the top of the list, if it does not make it to the top. Her intricate portrayal of human relationships, especially as depicted in 'Bang-bang you're dead', is breathtaking in itsel ...more
I'm reaching out for slim novellas as a sneaky bid to boost my annual book count, now that the end of 2012 neighs near. I know this, because it is my practice to jealously ration the oeuvre of my favourite authors (especially the dead ones), and I’ve already done a near-alarming number of Muriel Sparks this year – beginning with "Not To Disturb", "Robinson" and "The Abbess of Crewe".

This is a collection of four (!) short stories – to whet one’s appetite as an entrée to her other works, as they
Sally McRogerson
I'm not a fan of Muriel Sparks and this mini book of (connected) short stories did nothing to change that. There is, however, a great quote in it that resonates with me which I've replicated here:-

"A life like mine annoys most people; they go to their jobs every day, attend to things, give orders, pummel typerwriters, and get two or threee weeks off every year, and it vexes them to see someone else not bothering to do these things and yet getting away wth it, not starving, being lucky as they ca
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Dame Muriel Spark, DBE (1918–2006) was a prolific Scottish novelist, short story writer, and poet whose darkly comedic voice made her one of the most distinctive writers of the twentieth century. Spark grew up in Edinburgh and worked as a department store secretary, writer for trade magazines, and literary editor before publishing her first novel in 1957. A few years earlier, in 1954, she converte ...more
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