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The Public Image by Muriel Spark
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Apr 17, 2011

it was amazing

Cinemactress Annabel must deal with a ragingly jealous and
crazy husband who wants to destroy her career in this
bracingly whacked, edgy comedy of manners. Spark, who was
herself betrayed by an exlover and wanted to control her own
'public image,' writes a scalding novella that swats marriage
and children (as did our Muriel) in an irresistible story
of "ethics," as she puts it. Her style stays GraGreene-ishly
unemotional and detached as Annabel mulls how to stop false
reports that she hosted sexual orgies - and more. Identity
and celebrity culture get cooked. What's a Star to do?
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Mark its interesting you obviously really liked this one. I haven't read it for a few years maybe I should re-visit it. Its one of the ' middle year ' Sparks that I didn't really click with

Sketchbook The connectos-severance tween she-he jabbed my coccyx on a personal level. Too outrageous.

message 3: by Jessica (new)

Jessica I started it a few years ago and I couldn't get into it. Will have to try again as I do own it.

Took 2 Sparks from the library today:
Not to Disturb &
The Mandelbaum Gate

Sketchbook Superior crackpot novel. You need an equally whacked humor--.

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