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girls of slender means.

Muriel Spark

girls of slender means.

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Published by Macmillan in London .
Written in English


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Pagination183p. ;
Number of Pages183
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Open LibraryOL19012639M


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The girls of slender means are residents of the May of Teck Club, a hostel in London at the end of World War II. (Being slender is also one their obsessions). The story is told in intermittent flashbacks from ten or more years on, as one of the girls, Jane, calls round her old friends to tell them of the sudden death of Nicholas, a poet they /5.

The Girls of Slender Means illustrates Spark’s belief that what may seem like trivialities are actually important events on the path to salvation or damnation. Certainly, in there is not. "The Girls of Slender Means" has the same wonderfully sharp prose, which alone makes the book worth reading.

Several people have commented that the beginning of the book is slow and that girls of slender means. book were knocked out by the ending. I had the opposite reaction: the beginning, with its incredibly evocative portrait of London infascinated by: The plot of The Girls of Slender Means begins with news that Nicholas Farringdon, a Catholic missionary, has been martyred in Haiti.

Farringdon had been an anarchist, well known to the girls at Author: Madeleine Kearns. Read online free book The Girls Of Slender Means. London, just after the second world war.

Basic necessities are scarce. THE GIRLS OF SLENDER MEANS is a beautifully drawn portrait of young women living in a hostel in London in the giddy postwar days of THE DRIVER'S SEAT follows the final haunted hours of a woman descending into madness.

And THE ONLY PROBLEM is a witty fable about suffering that brings the Book of Job to bear on contemporary terrorism. But Muriel Spark's The Girls of Slender Means was winking at me from a bookstore display in a witty new cover and a beguiling small format; this was a book I could read in one : Carol Shields.

The Girls of Slender Means By Muriel Spark n a day when so many writers seem to write so much alike, it is a delight to discover one who writes like no one except herself. Muriel Spark, an aloof, sharp-eyed Scotswoman, is such a writer, and her most noticeable characteristics are, of course, her wit, her absolute pitch in dialogue, her economy.

"The Girls of Slender Means" has the same wonderfully sharp prose, which alone makes the book worth reading. Several people have commented that the beginning of the book is slow and that they were knocked out by the ending.

I had the opposite reaction: the beginning, with its incredibly evocative portrait of London infascinated me/5(35). The Girls of Slender Means, are a group of girls that live in post-war London inand reside at the May of Teck Club, which is a hostel or group home. In the present, one of the characters, Jane Wright, who does "brain work" in the "world of books", is trying to contact all of the other girls who were in the May of Teck Club with her, to /5(79).

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London, The girls of slender means are the residents of the May of Teck Club, a genteel yet rather shabby boarding house established for the `social protection of ladies of slender means below the age of thirty years'.

The novel concerns their everyday affairs over a period of a few weeks before a shocking event transforms their lives. Free download or read online The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of Slender Means, The Drivers Seat, The Only Problem (Everymans Library Contemporary Classics) pdf (ePUB) book.

The first edition of the novel was published in January 1stand was written by Muriel Spark. The book was published in multiple languages including English, consists of pages and is available in Hardcover /5.

THE GIRLS OF SLENDER MEANS evokes the inner workings of a "group" of women as delightfully as THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE. The difference here is that the "authority" of Miss Brodie from the first novel is missing, and the girls are a little more grown up; the world around them has grown grimmer--there's the blitz and the prospect of Labour victory Spark always manages to create great /5(5).

THE GIRLS OF SLENDER MEANS. of girls in London's May of Teck Club which existed for ""the Pecuniary Convenience and Social Protection of Ladies of Slender Means below the age of Thirty years "". It ends all too quickly. All of Muriel Spark's novels (Memento Mori, The Bachelors and The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie) are short and all are Author: Muriel Spark.

The Girls of Slender Means. The first thing that always throws students when they start to read this novel is the radically different sense of point-of-view, or, perhaps, the lack of point-of-view. Whereas Fitzgerald’s novel evolves from a very specific.

Beautifully packaged reissue of one of Muriel Spark's best loved novels, The Girls of Slender Means 'Long ago in all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions' In the May of Teck Club - a London hostel 'three times window shattered since but never directly hit' - the young lady residents do their best to act as if the war never happened/5(K).

The Girls of Slender Means Nonfiction by Muriel Spark “Long ago in all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions,” begins The Girls of Slender Means, Dame Muriel Spark’s tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies’ hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War the May of Teck Club itself — “three times window-shattered since but.

The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, The Girls of Slender Means, The Driver's Seat, The Only Problem Muriel Spark Published by Alfred A. Knopf, New York (). The novel's harrowing ending reveals that the girls' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding some tragically painful war by Anthony Burgess as one of the Best Modern Novels in the Sunday Times of London, The Girls of Slender Means is a taut and eerily perfect novel by an author The New York Times has called "one of 3/5(1).

The Girls of Slender Means is Dame Muriel Spark's tragic portrait of a London ladies' hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II.

Like the May of Teck Club itself - "three times window-shattered since but never directly hit" - its lady inhabitants do their best to act as if the world were back to normal: practicing elocution, and jostling over suitors and a single Schiaparelli gown/5(57).

London, The girls of slender means are the residents of the May of Teck Club, a genteel yet rather shabby boarding house established for the `social protection of ladies of slender means below the age of thirty years'. The novel concerns their everyday affairs over a period of a few weeks before a shocking event transforms their lives/5(K).

The Girls of Slender Means London, The girls of slender means are the residents of the May of Teck Club, a genteel yet rather shabby boarding house established for the `social protection of ladies of slender means below.

Get this from a library. The girls of slender means. [Muriel Spark] -- The zany lives and morals of the girls of the "May of Teck Club", a haven for young ladies, inwhen "all the nice people of England were poor, allowing for exceptions.".

The Girls Of Slender Means () About book: London, just after the second world war. Basic necessities are scarce, food and clothes are being rationed.

Somewhere in the city there is an old residential building turned into a dormitory which was spared from the Nazi bombings/5(5). So the scene is set for Muriel Spark’s The Girls of Slender Means, in a world where ‘all the nice people were poor, and few were nicer, as nice people come, than these girls at Kensington’.Debutantes and vicars’ daughters rub shoulders in their shared lives – and lust after a glamorous Schiaparelli dress, loaned out by its lucky owner in return for hard-to-come-by luxuries, like soap.

PLEASE RATE THE BOOK NOT THE POSTING. A series of flashbacks to post-war London in tells the story of the lives of several young women who live at The May of Teck Club, a boarding house for ladies of slender means below 30 who needed to live in London for their jobs.

Muriel Spark (–) was the author of dozens of novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, A Far Cry from Kensington, The Girls of Slender Means, The Ballad of Peckham Rye, The Driver’s Seat, and many more. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in /5(10).

The Girls of Slender Means is the kind of book that benefits from a second or third reading to understand everything Spark wanted to say.

I really admire that kind of writing and I look forward to reading this book, again and again, to understand it better. Another thing I liked about the book is the setting of London, in the year Get this from a library.

The girls of slender means. [Muriel Spark] -- This is Londonwhen all nice people are poor. Muriel Spark sets us down among the girls of good family but slender means as they fight it out, from their Kensington hostel to the last clothing.

“Long ago in all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions,” begins The Girls of Slender Means, Dame Muriel Spark’s tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies’ hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II. "All the nice people", as Spark put it in The Girls of Slender Means (), "were poor", and among them Stanford remained an important part of Author: Martin Stannard.

The girls of slender means by Muriel Spark; 15 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Fiction, Young women, World War,World War () fast (OCoLC)fst; Places: England, London (England), London. The Girls of Slender Means is a novella written in by Scottish author Muriel Spark.

It was included in Anthony Burgess's book Ninety-Nine Novels: The Best in English since — A Personal Choice. The story of The Girls of Slender Means The events in the Club in Kensington occur between VE Day and VJ Day inbut also at a later date.

A number of young women live in the Club, on the lower floors in dormitories but increasing in social standing as the accommodation rises to.

With Kate Atkinson, Marion Bailey, Janet Burnell, Madeleine Christie. When their friend Nicholas is killed inseveral women think back to the time when they knew him, in "when all the best people were poor"/10(14).

The Girls of Slender Means by Murial Spark is a novel about the girls who lived in the May of Teck Club during the year of There are many characters involved, but the one&#;s who caught my attention the most are Jane Wright and Joanna Childe.

The Girls of Slender Means audiobook, by Muriel Spark “Long ago in all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions ” Thus begins Muriel Spark’s tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London ladies’ hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II.

The setting is a home for "girls of slender means", i.e. poor, where many young (and a few old) women live - sharing and bartering soap, food, and even clothes. In the opening of the book, we find out that an acquaintance of the house, Nicholas Farringdon, has been killed while living in Haiti/5(48).

Somehow, "The Girls of Slender Means" manages to be simultaneously: an often hilariously funny social satire (particularly of the publishing business); an amazingly realistic account of the deprivations of post-war England; and a deeply moving character study of the conflict between innocence and soulless evil.

And so I went promptly to Waterstones and bought The Girls of Slender Means. Like many of Spark’s novels, The Girls of Slender Means is short, perhaps little more than a novella, and would be easy to read in the course of a single day.

Some novels are great to read like that, others burn more slowly and you need to allow them to sink in.Long ago in all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions'In the May of Teck Club - a London hostel 'three times window shattered since but never directly hit' - the young lady residents do their best to act as if the war never happened.

They practice elocution, and jos.The novel is at once dramatic and character-based and shows Muriel Spark at the height of her literary powers.

Muriel Spark () was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. Author Muriel Spark. She was awarded the CBE for her work in drama and received the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award for Best Actress for her performance in Death and the Rating: % positive.