The Resource Symposium, Muriel Spark

Symposium, Muriel Spark

Label
Symposium
Title
Symposium
Statement of responsibility
Muriel Spark
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
"One October evening five posh London couples gather for a dinner party, enjoying "the pheasant (flambe in cognac as it is)" and waiting for the imminent arrival of the late-coming guest Hilda Damien, who has been unavoidably detained due to the fact that she is being murdered at this very moment...Symposium was applauded by Time magazine for the "sinister elegance" of Muriel Spark's "medium of light but lethal comedy." Mixed in are a Monet, a mad uncle, some unconventional nuns, and a burglary ring run by a rent-a-butler. Symposium stars a perfectly evil young woman (a classic sweet-faced hair-raising Sparkian horror) who has married rich Hilda's son by hook or by crook, hooking him at the fruit counter of Harrod's. There is also spiritual conversation--and the Bordeaux is superb. "The prevailing mood is urbane: the wine is poured, the talk continues, and all the time the ice on which the protagonists' world rests is being thinned from beneath, by boiling emotions and ugly motives...No living writer handles the tension between formality of expression and subversiveness of thought more elegantly" (The Independent on Sunday)."--Publisher's website
Member of
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Spark, Muriel
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6037.P29
LC item number
S96 2006
Literary form
fiction
Series statement
A new directions classic
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Dinners and dining
  • Great Britain
  • Upper class
Label
Symposium, Muriel Spark
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Constable, 1990
Control code
ocm70630494
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
192 p.
Isbn
9780811216593
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2006023499
System control number
640178
Label
Symposium, Muriel Spark
Publication
Note
Originally published: London : Constable, 1990
Control code
ocm70630494
Dimensions
21 cm.
Extent
192 p.
Isbn
9780811216593
Isbn Type
(pbk. : acid-free paper)
Lccn
2006023499
System control number
640178

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