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The Finishing School de Muriel Spark
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The Finishing School (2004 original; edició 2005)

de Muriel Spark (Autor)

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College Sunrise is a vaguely disreputable finishing school in Lausanne, Switzerland. Rowland Mahler and his wife, Nina, run the school as a way to support themselves while he works, somewhat falteringly, on his novel. Into his creative writing class comes seventeen-year-old Chris Wiley, a literary prodigy whose historical novel-in-progress, on Mary Queen of Scots and the murder of her husband Lord Darnley, has already excited the interest of publishers. The inevitable results are keen envy and a game of cat and mouse not free of sexual jealousy and attraction. Nobody writing has a keener instinct than Muriel Spark for hypocrisy, self-delusion, and moral ambiguity, or a more deliciously satirical eye. "The finishing school" is certain to be another Spark landmark.… (més)
Membre:jonfaith
Títol:The Finishing School
Autors:Muriel Spark (Autor)
Informació:Anchor (2005), 181 pages
Col·leccions:La teva biblioteca
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The Finishing School de Muriel Spark (2004)

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Jealousy, obsession, sex. There's never a boring moment in a Spark.

Being her last book and published on this side of the new millennium, it was occasionally jarring when the novel makes a relatively modern reference. It also feels a bit more "resolved" than her other books. Moreover, I couldn't stop thinking about this tweet while I was reading. Recommended for the Spark enthusiast, but not as a debut. ( )
  kitzyl | Feb 17, 2021 |
“You begin,” he said, “by setting your scene. You have to see your scene, either in reality or in imagination. For instance, from here you can see across the lake. But on a day like this you can’t see across the lake, it’s too misty. You can’t see the other side.” Rowland took off his reading glasses to stare at his creative writing class whose parents’ money was being thus spent: two boys and three girls around sixteen to seventeen years of age, some more, some a little less. “So,” he said, “you must just write, when you set your scene, ‘the other side of the lake was hidden in mist.’ Or if you want to exercise imagination, on a day like today, you can write, ‘The other side of the lake was just visible.’ But as you are setting the scene, don’t make any emphasis as yet. It’s too soon, for instance, for you to write, ‘The other side of the lake was hidden in the fucking mist.’ That will come later. You are setting your scene. You don’t want to make a point as yet.” ( )
  proteaprince | Dec 18, 2019 |
Another very short, highly-packed book, in which the author hardly seems to be doing any work at all: most of the stories happen offstage and are merely hinted at in passing whilst the book appears to run on along its enjoyable trajectory by momentum alone. A nice trick if you can do it: Spark had had quite a bit of practice by the time she got this far.

Nina and Rowland run a small, unconventional school in Switzerland where rich parents can park their teenagers for a year or so. Rowland is also a writer, trying to complete his first novel, but he's unsettled by a growing obsession with one of his students, the 17-year-old Chris, who is writing an historical novel about Mary Queen of Scots and apparently making much better progress than Rowland. Chris's extreme youth and his red hair are already starting to arouse the interest of publishers, to Rowland's fury.

Spark in her eighties and with more than twenty novels behind her is having fun playing around with ideas about the difficulty of putting pen to paper, but there's also a lot of play with language that goes with the other end of the career - "finishing", "polishing off" and so on. And there are echoes of the writing-and-mental-health theme from The Comforters, and obviously allusions to the form and subject-matter of The prime of Miss Jean Brodie, right down to the final pages where she does a round-up of what has happened to all the students since. Plenty of dark themes lurking in the distance, but the mood is full of upbeat optimism. These young people might be lacking in all kinds of taste and values, but they more than make up for it by being so young and ready to enjoy life.

Sometimes novels written in extreme old age are a bit of an embarrassment, but this is one that makes you wish Spark had had time for a few more. ( )
1 vota thorold | Sep 30, 2019 |
breezy and swift, though aside from its ascerbic humor it had lacked gravity. The Finishing School was a Murdochian sketch pushed forward slightly into realization. The time twisted totems of education and affection pull up short of Don't Stand So Close To Me. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
The Finishing School is cellophane thin volume of cellophane sensibilities and cellophane merit. Here is a work of airy, meretricious smuggery with no plenty of surface fireworks but no inner spark, which is to say no heart. ( )
  lucybrown | Sep 27, 2015 |
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The problem is that ''The Finishing School'' reads more like a parody of a Muriel Spark novel than the real thing.
 
Her novels are so full of arbitrary quirks that they ought to be terrible, and yet they somehow never are. . . The only part of ''The Finishing School'' that doesn't work is its epilogic last three pages.
 
But what grace and beauty she's still displaying during the golden days and starlit nights of her absolutely marvelous career.
afegit per christiguc | editaWashington Post, Carolyn See (Sep 16, 2004)
 
This may be partly the old story of the artist, in the last stage of a long career, losing faith in the magic of illusion and wanting to reveal the illusion of the magic, except that Spark has always played footsie with the machinery and cocked a snook at realism.
 
This is a work, as usual, of glittering Sparkian ice, whose thinly frozen surface tempts you to jump up and down jovially above something deeper and darker than Loch Ness.
afegit per christiguc | editaThe Guardian, Ali Smith (Mar 20, 2004)
 

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College Sunrise is a vaguely disreputable finishing school in Lausanne, Switzerland. Rowland Mahler and his wife, Nina, run the school as a way to support themselves while he works, somewhat falteringly, on his novel. Into his creative writing class comes seventeen-year-old Chris Wiley, a literary prodigy whose historical novel-in-progress, on Mary Queen of Scots and the murder of her husband Lord Darnley, has already excited the interest of publishers. The inevitable results are keen envy and a game of cat and mouse not free of sexual jealousy and attraction. Nobody writing has a keener instinct than Muriel Spark for hypocrisy, self-delusion, and moral ambiguity, or a more deliciously satirical eye. "The finishing school" is certain to be another Spark landmark.

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