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by Muriel Spark

  • Author: Muriel Spark
  • ISBN: 0517052849
  • ISBN13: 978-0517052846
  • ePub: 1560 kb | FB2: 1618 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Women's Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House Value Publishing (May 23, 1990)
  • Rating: 4.9/5
  • Votes: 657
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A Far Cry From Kensington ePub download

A new directions classic.

A Far Cry from Kensington is a novel (roman à clef) by Scottish author Muriel Spark published in 1988.

A far cry from Kensington.

A Far Cry From Kensington has an effortless, translucent . I was in heaven reading this book. I think she writes like an angel.

Muriel Spark (1918–2006) 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, Th. .

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Muriel Spark's A Far Cry From Kensington (1988) is the bookend companion to her 1981 classic, Loitering With Intent

Published in 1988, Muriel Spart writes of life in post-war London. The narrator, Mrs. Hawkins, lives in a rooming house while working in the publishing world. It seems like a loose collection of reminisces but gradually becomes a sharp witty story of love and loss. She gives advice to both the residents and readers, I love this device. Since Muriel Spark worked in a publishing house during the 1950s, I would imagine a certain amount of details could be considered autobiographical.
Muriel Spark, who wrote The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, presents this novel through the eyes of her protagonist, a large, young widow named Mrs. Hawkins. It's funny, as she tells the story, that when she is Mrs. Hawkins she is fat. As she loses weight and becomes thin, people start to use her first name, Nancy. The narration is Mrs. Hawkin-esque--slightly reserved and sardonic. She tells us at the outset that people come to her for advice, and she gives good advice. Her advice is scattered through the novel, and it generally has the ring of solid common sense. The first and most obvious piece of advice is about dieting: just leave half of what you would normally eat and you will lose weight. Also known as portion control, but she makes it sound simple. She lives in a rooming house and the tenants become like family, even though she might never put it in words. She works in publishing, and there is an annoying, malicious would-be writer who aggravates her (and others) and who eventually tries to make her life miserable in retaliation for her not helping him. He is a fixture with a bigger role in her life than she realizes. There is a real sense of who this heroine is, you feel you know her. She behaves exactly as she would behave, suffering at times, and finding joy at other times. Spark's writing is perfect. She is an author to get familiar with. I will definitely look for more by her.
Mrs Hawkins is an overweight, young widow living in 1950's London. She lives in a rooming house with a variety of characters, including Wanda, a Polish seamstress with a secret.

Mrs Hawkins works in a publishing firm and is persistently approached by Hector Bartlett, who wants her to assist him with getting his book published. Mrs Hawkins considers him a hack writer and insults him by calling him a 'pisseur de copie' a urinator of journalistic copy. She makes an enemy of not only him, but his benefactress, the author, Emma Loy. Emma gets Mrs Hawkins fired from her publishing firm, but just before it goes bankrupt due to the fraudulent activities of her former boss.

Mrs Hawkins then gets another job at a more prestigious publishing firm of Mackintosh and Tooley. She is surprised to be hired over more qualified applicants until eventually she notices that all of their employees seem to have some sort of deformities, hers is that she is obese. This leads her to immediately go on a diet.

In the meantime, her neighbor Wanda has received a letter from someone threatening to turn her in for tax evasion, and then gets phone calls with other threats. Mrs Hawkins is convinced that Wanda knows who is behind this, but has more things on her mind. She know longer wants to be Mrs Hawkins, but Nancy, a young woman with a new lover. But she can't shake the irritating presence of her nemesis, Hector.

This book was short but delightful, filled with eccentric characters. I can't believe this is the first Muriel Sparks book I have ever read. I love her dry, British wit.

Sir Alec's utterance and subsequent words of praise were like the cry of a bird in distress, far away across a darkening lake. I had a sense he was offering things abominable to me, like decaffeinated coffee or coitus interuptus...

It is hard to categorize this novel; part mystery, drama, humor, amusing life observations. I am definitely going to read more books by this highly respected author.

my rating 4/5
Mr Freeman
Set in the mid-twentieth century London publishing world, this is a quirky and enjoyable read. The book is structured as a flashback, as Mrs. Hawkins looks back on her youth, working for a minor Kensington publisher. She looks back from the comforts of her retirement in Italy. As a young war widow Mrs. Hawkins lived on a small salary reviewing manuscripts for her employer. Her duties led her to an ongoing feud with an untalented hack writer, who believes firmly in his own merit, but whose clunky prose Mrs. Hawkins dismisses. After brandishing him with a somewhat amusing moniker, she becomes the target of his revenge. Their ongoing feud reveals to Mrs. Hawkins a seedy underbelly of the publishing industry, one that she may unknowingly expose. The ending is both bizarre and entertaining, and the characters are originals.
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