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The Driver's Seat
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Dioni (Bookie Mee)
Wow, one of the most bizarre books I've read. In a good way. How good is Muriel Spark? Her books are always so different. Murder mystery and feminist work turned on its head is my attempt to describe The Driver's Seat. If you're interested to read it, my suggestion is to NOT read any of the synopsis or blurb anywhere, and just go read the book.

Memorable passage:
"'They are demanding equal rights with us,' says Mrs Fiedke. 'That's why I never vote with the Liberals. Perfume, jewellery, hair down t
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Amanda
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Slinkyboy
Aug 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Wow, that was... disturbing.

Funny and tragic.
Over-the-top, and yet somehow incredibly accurate.

When I reached the end and looked back over the story as a whole, the title hit me like a blow to the gut.

I haven't stopped thinking about this book since I finished it. This is one of the few books I've read in the last decade that I wanted to pick up and read again as soon as I put it down the first time.

jenn
May 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 1001, 2011
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.
Michelle
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.
Chas
Aug 28, 2011 marked it as to-read
Katie
Jul 31, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Jul 27, 2011 marked it as to-read
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Jul 15, 2011 rated it liked it
Laura
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Apr 30, 2008 marked it as to-read
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Jul 12, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Jun 19, 2009 marked it as to-read
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Mark
Jul 27, 2007 rated it it was amazing
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Jul 30, 2011 marked it as to-read
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Jul 08, 2011 marked it as to-read
Nicole
Oct 23, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Lauren
Mar 28, 2010 marked it as to-read
Bette
Nov 08, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jun 30, 2009 marked it as to-read
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Bette
Mar 12, 2009 rated it really liked it
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