Muriel Spark: I am so glad that your books are now in my life.
"The Bachelors" snuck up on me with the unassuming air of a well-written little tale of British Manners. Before I knew it, the characters were embroiled in a thick pot of plot involving manslaughter, cross and double-cross, occult beliefs, disguises, and a constellation of licentious affairs. I remember shaking my head at one point and thinking, "How in the hell did we get here?"
My friend D_Davis wrote an excellent review
for Spark's "The Comforters," in which he compares Spark's stories to those of Philip K. Dick. Having read "The Bachelors," I see these similarities, and I agree: Spark knows how to distill a character's motivations while spinning a zany yarn.
This is the kind of book that I will recommend to many people in the years to come--even if I'll be hard-pressed to describe what, exactly, goes on in the book. Then again, I refuse to detract from the gradual sense of discover that Spark cultivates in this wicked little story. If you like good fiction, take the plunge.