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The Driver's Seat
Start date
July 15, 2011
Finish date
August 15, 2011
1001 Monthly Book Club
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July 2011 Group Read

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What Members Thought

Having finished the book just 10 minutes ago, I'll give my first impressions and then update when I've had more time to think. On the back of the book the publisher says that Muriel Spark, the author of The Driver's Seat, once said "I aim to startle as well as please." Other expressions used on the back are "unnerving" and "this is a book to make the flesh creep". And I heartily disagree. The events are a bit wild at the end, reminiscent of American gothic a la Flannery O'Connor. But The Driver'...more
Wow! For such a short book this sure packs a punch!
I've never read Spark before: it was the Lost Booker that drew me to her, and I'm glad of the discovery! I won't say too much as it would give the plot away entirely-as does the introduction so read it after. But this was an amazing writing style- so concise but saying so much at the same time, paradoxically, as making you ask a million questions.
A whole-hearted recommendation. Enjoy!
May 17, 2011 jenn rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, 1001
Vividly narrated, this book is a lot like watching Hitchcock if Hitchcock were less pretty and more, um, batshit crazy.

Set aside a chunk of time to read this, or it will bug you relentlessly.
i don't know what to make of this novella just yet...i may need to read it again to pay attention to details now that the tension of wtf is going on has been resolved.
Aug 28, 2011 Chas marked it as to-read
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Sep 18, 2014 Claire Jefferies marked it as to-read
Shelves: check-it-out
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Brianna Reilly
Jun 10, 2008 Brianna Reilly marked it as to-read
Shelves: classic, rainyday

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