[ Pdf The Comforters è denmark PDF ] by Muriel Spark è Touted as an experimental novel, this book is replete with oddities A gem smuggling gang led by an elderly grandma, a young woman who hears the words we read on the page in her head and begins to believe she is a character in a novel, a nosy biddy body who professes to be a devout Catholic while behaving in abominable behavior Spark s first novel shows her to have a marvelous way with words witness this sentence Louisa s mirth got the better of her and though her lips were shut she whinnied through her nose like a pony One occasionally must read paragraphs several times to be sure the correct concept is understood but it is a good read.
Another Muriel Spark novel I had read already some five books by her And she is one of my favourite writers I knew what I expected when I began the novel and I was not disappointed Only that I was surprised to find out in the curse of reading The Comforters was Spark s debut When I learned that fact, few things easily fell into places For instance, the themes of conversion She became a Catholic in 1954 and writing a novel a character in the novel, who is also meditating to write a novel, is obsessed with a thought that she is part of a plot written by a disembodied spirit.
About the theme of Conversion I expect the theme of religion specifically Catholicism in Spark s novels She was an unorthodox kind of a Catholic This novel being a debut, we get a glimpse into Spark s own reasoning into her own conviction Caroline Rose Is Plagued By The Tapping Of Typewriter Keys And The Strange, Detached Narration Of Her Every Thought And Action Caroline Has An Unusual Problem She Realises She Is In A Novel Her Fellow Characters Also Seem Deluded Laurence, Her Former Lover, Finds Diamonds In A Loaf Of Bread Has His Elderly Grandmother Hidden Them There And Baron Stock, Her bookseller Friend, Believes He Is On The Trail Of England S Leading Satanist In Muriel Spark S Brilliant First Novel, The Only Things That Aren T Ambiguous Are Her Matchless originality And Glittering Wit Spark s debut is a sizzling multi character romp with an unexpected metafictive subplot and an unexpected Grandma s smuggled diamonds into loaves of bread subplot, amongst other sub and foreplots read the Ali Smith preface in this edition then find an edition with a less revolting cover to read the actual novel The pace sags but the novel sings Metafictioneers take note of this one Spark predates Barth et al by a decade.
Written in 1957, The Comforters is a curious and fun mix of English manners, mystery, and a post modern writer s examination of writing that reminded me of Sophie s World without the philosophy.
I read this on the strength of a review by Zoeytron, who really should be paid to write cover copy.
Meta literary novels are boring though not as boring as meta filmic movies , and if they don t bore you by now 2012 well, you need to think about something else for a while Which makes this novel particularly notable, since it is meta literary and also not boring It s not hard to work out why, though Spark isn t out to subvert our expectations or undermine the authority of the Author or anything like that Instead, she draws a wonderful analogy between faith in God and faith in art, and, therefore, human beings There is no physical evidence that art is any good, or even that it exists you can t prove that something is a novel by pointing to a thick wad of paper there s certainly not much evidence that human beings are any good And yet Here we have a very good novel, written by a narrator with whom I would love to spend time I would love t I liked this book in that it was sometimes very dry and funny, sometimes quite shocking, and often made me feel like a complete idiot for not being sure about what was going on.
Having loved The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, and inspired by the centenary of Muriel Spark s birth, I decided to tackle this, her debut novel.
It is a very odd book but I mean that in a good way There is some of the acerbic humour of Jean Brodie, but this is a very meta book Remarkably so, given this is a first novel, and one published in 1957 Coming straight from Brodie, you could easily be wrong footed.
Its offbeam style is present from the get go From the moment we meet Laurence and his grandmother Louisa, we know there are going to be plenty of eccentrics in the novel.
But the most subversive part of the plot focuses on Laurence s fiancee Caroline, who begins to be plagued by the noise of typewriter keys, and realises she can hear her actions and those of everyone around her being narrated She appears to be in a novel but it s up to the
Sly wit and subtle humor abound in these pages This author was brought to my attention by GR friend Fionnuala, thank you Very different from my usual reading material, but thoroughly enjoyable Georgina Hogg is a veritable beast of a woman, mean spirited and unforgiving, with an ample bosom that threatens all in her path Worse yet, she suffers from chronic righteousness Caroline Rose is quite a character, but in what way A recent convert to the Catholic faith, she begins hearing an unseen typewriter clacking away, followed by voices Is this a religious experience, or could she be going mad Laurence Manders has a predilection for snooping, fancies himself a sleuth With his knack for glomming onto absurd details, he s not all the way wrong While nosing around in his grandmama s kitchen, Laurence comes across a loaf of bread that yieldsthan typical wholemeal goodness It may be that granny True to the saying nomen est omen this is a sparky novel, unfortunately my senses have been blunted by reading The Secret, I suspect I need a diet of sensible non fiction and fresh air to restore my reading sensibilities before I can appreciate Muriel Spark again However I reassure you, gentle reader, that this is a comic novel While I didn t fall off any chairs holding my aching ribs, my smile to page ratio seemed to be high view spoiler although as with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie this is humour that can bite, in this case, close to the close of the novel, the family patriarch He had misgivings then, about his retreats He told his spiritual director I might have done better to spend the time at home My family have had to cope with difficultiesmy sonmy brothermy mother in lawone of our old servantsI might have done better had I not made so many retreats You might have done wors