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by Muriel Spark

  • Author: Muriel Spark
  • ISBN: 0786106492
  • ISBN13: 978-0786106493
  • ePub: 1864 kb | FB2: 1506 kb
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.; Unabridged LIBRARY edition (March 1, 1994)
  • Rating: 4.4/5
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The Mandelbaum Gate (Library Edition) ePub download

Part One. 1. Freddy’s Walk. The intensity at the Gate was quite absurd.

Part One. But there at the Gate the precautions and suspicions of the guards were quite absurd.

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The Mandelbaum Gate is a novel written by Scottish author Muriel Spark published in 1965. The title refers to the Mandelbaum Gate in Jerusalem around which the novel is set. In 1965, it won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize that year. In 2012, it was shortlisted for the Best of the James Tait Black. It was included in Anthony Burgess's 1984 book Ninety-Nine Novels: The Best in English since 1939 - A Personal Choice.

Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was a prolific Scottish novelist, short story writer, and poet whose darkly comedic voice made her one of the most distinctive writers of the twentieth century.

Часто встречающиеся слова и выражения. Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was a prolific Scottish novelist, short story writer, and poet whose darkly comedic voice made her one of the most distinctive writers of the twentieth century. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), considered her masterpiece, was made into a stage play, a TV series, and a film. Spark became a Dame of the British Empire in 1993.

The Mandelbaum Gate book. I have taped a BBC4 biography of Muriel Spark and following my reading group discussion this week of this book I will watch it very soon given the this book has as it's heroine a woman who is half Jewish but follows devotedly the catholic faith, mirrors the authors own heritage. The book itself is set in 1961 Jerusalem as Barbara Vaughn arrives in the divided city where her fiancée, archaeologist Harry Clegg is involved in the dig in Jordan for the recently discovered Dead Sea Scrolls.

The Mandelbaum Gate" is Muriel Spark's most personal novel because its half-Jewish heroine, who is a convert to Catholicism, is based on Spark herself. There are numerous insights into the world of Judaism from one who has mostly left it that only readers with a Jewish background can fully appreciate.

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Freddy’s Walk Sometimes, instead of a letter to thank his hostess, Freddy Hamilton would compose a set of formal verses - rondeaux, redoubles, villanelles, rondels or Sicilian octaves - to express. It was part of his modest nature to do this. He always felt he had perhaps been boring during his stay, and it was one’s duty in life to be agreeable.

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The Mandelbaum Gate: A Virago Modern Classic - Virago Modern Classics (Paperback). Muriel Spark (author). An adventure of espionage and abduction, from pilgrimage to flight, The Mandelbaum Gate is one of Spark's most compelling novels, and won the James Tait Memorial Prize Added to basket.

Muriel Spark has been called "our most chillingly comic writer since Evelyn Waugh" by the London Spectator, and the .

Muriel Spark has been called "our most chillingly comic writer since Evelyn Waugh" by the London Spectator, and the New Yorker praised her novel Memento Mori ri (1959) as "flawless. Her fiction is marked by its remarkable diversity, wit, and craftsmanship. The story, in fact, is pure adventure, with the suspense as artfully maintained as anywhere by Graham Greene, but this is only one ingredient.

[This is the Audiobook CASSETTE Library Edition in vinyl case.] The Mandelbaum Gate divides the conflict-torn realm of Jerusalem, separating Israel from Jordan. Barbara Vaughan, a stubborn young Englishwoman and half-Jewish Catholic convert, insists upon crossing the divide in order to rendezvous with her fiancé, in spite of the very real danger. Not even the threat of bodily harm and fearful admonishments of staid British diplomat Freddy Hamilton can dissuade Barbara from her ill-timed pilgrimage. Her quest sets off a series of bizarre situations and adventures, set against the backdrop of the Eichmann trial of 1961. In The Mandelbaum Gate, Muriel Spark has created a many-faceted novel, both comic and serious, enriched by a wealth of information.
Bundis
Muriel Spark is a gem. Although I don't love all of her work, this is one that I do love. Still timely, although the gate is now not a crossing, and unfortunately things have probably gotten worse, the story resonates with the problems of the region just as it did when written. Perhaps a bit too much for some readers, this is not a light weight travel novel, nor a sentimental novel of love and barriers to love. It is a novel of religious feeling, political intrigue, and personal choices that was absorbing back when I first read it years ago, and last month when I bought and read the Kindle edition. I highly recommend it for thoughtful readers.
elegant stranger
"The Mandelbaum Gate" is Muriel Spark's most personal novel because its half-Jewish heroine, who is a convert to Catholicism, is based on Spark herself. There are numerous insights into the world of Judaism from one who has mostly left it that only readers with a Jewish background can fully appreciate. And Spark's colorful and pragmatic descriptions of Israel in the early 1960's, the novel's setting, are dead-on (she must have spent a considerable time there researching this book). Unfortunately, "The Mandelbaum Gate's" convoluted plot, and long flashbacks which shift back and forth without notice, tend to leave even the most discerning reader in a muddle. Still, the feeling of being in Jerusalem while it was still divided, and the eccentric characters that fill out the novel, are worth the effort.
Kajikus
Muriel Spark can be a little too sardonically mean for my taste, but in this novel her characters are treated more gently than usual, in spite of the backdrop of Israel and Jordan, Jews and Arabs. I found it very funny, actually laughing out loud sometimes. All the characters are vibrant and get themselves into all sorts of scrapes. At first, the character Freddy, with his bread and butter poems, can be a bit hard to take, but stick with it. Freddy and his circle of contacts and predicaments will grow on you quickly.
Uafrmaine
This book wasn't overly compelling but had some nice moments. I liked it for the clipped, English humor but found the plot uninspired and somewhat pointless. The drivers seem arbitrary and forced. When looking for a well-stitched story, one hopes for invisible seams. Unfortunately, while visible here, they were also noteworthy for binding together the mismatched.

The whole story depends on an uncharacteristic manic episode experienced by Freddy Hamilton, the main protagonist. A frame for the story gradually emerges during the course of the narrative, revealing events from some point in the future. This is not Marlow sitting on a verandah smoking, but seems instead like quick conversations in passing at social events. Even from what little we learn about these future characters, they seem unbothered as they look back.

Leaving out the incongruous motives for the various characters' actions, the writing is fine. Spark's descriptions are great, and she has a knack for dialogue. She also renders the socio-religious dynamic of Barbara Vaughn's upbringing well. Finally, on their own, her characters can be quite interesting.

So, while I "liked" the book within the confines of the rating system, I wouldn't recommend it as one to immediately seek out.
Siratius
Muriel Spark is an excellent writer. This is not her finest book. The subject, Israel in the 50s, is interesting. The characters are just too unlikeable to care about. Not a terrible book, because she is such a good writer. But this is way too much description towards no actual end. Really all of her other books first.
Orll
I had little background for this book so it was difficult to read. My friends with more background felt it was well written.
Zepavitta
The Mandelbaum Gate (1965) may have been Muriel Spark's best novel to that point in her career, better than the more famous The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori or The Girls of Slender Means, all of which are also excellent, by the way. What vaults Mandelbaum over those other works in my estimation is its much greater length and complexity, as it deals not only with the conflicts and relationships of individual characters but also of nations, in this case, Israel and Jordan (and, tangentially, Great Britain).

Set in divided pre-Six Day War Jerusalem (the Mandelbaum Gate was a kind of Checkpoint Charlie in the middle of the city), the book deals with the issues surrounding the disappearance of a 38-year old half-Jewish British spinster in Jordan, the amnesia of a low-level British consulate functionary who might hold the key to her disappearance and the flexible loyalties of a group of natives of the region with whom these two principals interact.

Rather than telling the story straight, Spark jumps around in the timeline, slowly filling in the different pieces of the puzzle, an approach that strengthens the book's narrative interest. The rather intricate plot, which has many moving parts, does rely on a few somewhat far-fetched coincidences but, rather than being distracting, they actually strengthen the narrative.

In some ways Mandelbaum Gate reminded me of Lawrence Durrell's Justine, another non-linear novel from an English writer set in the region (in that case, Egypt) with a polyglot cast of characters where the larger political and cultural situation was a major component of the story (in fact, readers who liked Mandelbaum Gate might want to try Justine and the other three books of Durrell's Alexandria Quartet).

The Mandelbaum Gate is an underappreciated masterpiece.
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