Loitering with Intent.
Imprint: LONDON.BODLEY HEAD,1981.
Edition: UK,8vo HB+dw/dj,1st edn.
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One day (30 June 1950,to be precise) Fleur Talbot was sitting in a graveyard in
Kensington,writing a poem,eating a sandwich,in need of a job,and despite all that had happened feeling how wonderful it was to be a woman and an artist in the middle of the twentieth century.Ten months earlier she had found a job - and a very odd one too.She was hired by Sir Quentin Oliver, head of the Autobiographical Association (non-profit making),to assist people of very minor eminence to write accounts of their lives.
The half dozen or so members of the Association all suffer from nostalgia, paranoia and a transparent craving to appear likeable,but,eccentric though they may be,they are less puzzling than Sir Quentin himself.Is he a harmless snob or a dangerous manipulator of other people's lives,a psychological Jack the Ripper? For Fleur,engaged in writing her first novel, Warrender Chase,this is,naturally,an absorbing question.Before a year has passed,during which the amazing characters who surround her give her exotic food for thought,even more fantastic questions present themselves.Who is mad and who is sane? Is truth stranger than fiction and, harder to answer,which is which? 'I do dearly love a turn of events,' Fleur confesses at one point; and the slightly sinister,wildly funny story she tells provides rich chances for her,and us,to relish the taste of the unexpected.
'Loitering with Intent' returns to the London scene of some of Muriel Spark's earlier triumphs.For sheer inventiveness and entertainment it must rank as one of her very best books.See also rja2110, rja2113 and rja2114 inclusive ( another copy.) for other Muriel Spark titles.
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