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The Driver's Seat by Muriel Spark
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muriel spark really intrigues me, almost enough to make me break my rule about not learning anything about writers i admire. there's an air about her writing which is almost evil, yet at the same time they seem profoundly moral. it would not surprise me to learn that she was a nun, or maybe killed forty people with an axe. or both. but, in any case, this book was a delight, and made my hair stand on end the whole time.

the other day i read a wikipedia article about judit polgar, the female chess grandmaster. in it, gary kasparov was said to have commented, based upon her games, "if to 'play like a girl' meant anything in chess, it would mean relentless aggression." that reminded me a lot of this book. there's just no respite, no quarter. if it had gone on for more than 104 pages, i might've had a heart attack.

They will come and sweep it up in the morning.
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Jenny McPhee This is a wildly weird and creepy book. Something of a tour-de-force. Will be interested to see what you think.


message 2: by Ben (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ben Loory it's been in the back of my mind for a while now, ever since i saw it on this list:

http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-an...

but it's been hard to find for some reason. looking forward to it, though!


Jenny McPhee Thanks for the link. I've been meaning to read the James Hogg book forever and now I just ordered it on Amazon. As for finding the Spark, have you tried www.abebooks.com? They're great.


message 4: by Ben (new) - rated it 4 stars

Ben Loory good idea! done!


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