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"Muriel Spark has always been a writer of fiercely composed, devoutly starved fictions. The Finishing School, like several of her most recent books...has a somewhat anorexic quality....The Finishing School — surely forgivable from a writer of Spark's advanced seniority — seems not quite finished. But it sheds an interesting if pale retrospective light on this wonderful writer's best book." James Woods, The Atlantic Monthly (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)

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Publisher Comments:

The lethally witty and morally penetrating new novel by one of the world?s most admired writers.

College Sunrise is a somewhat louche and vaguely disreputable finishing school located 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 result: 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, an addition to one of the world's most lauded and entertaining bodies of work.

Review:

"The most sharply original fictional imagination of our time...Starting her career as a poet, Spark in many ways remains one — not least in her deftness at finding images in unexpected places." Sunday Times

Review:

"What a rich seam Spark has quarried here. Moreover, it is cunning how, to the extent her purpose requires, she exploits the reader?s own jealousies or envies, in regard to these imagined students, so rich, so beautiful, so unanxious and so dreadfully young." The Spectator

Review:

"[Spark's] faculties are in a state of crystalline sharpness, delineating a world of detail so fine...that there is no need to crack the surface to find what lies beneath. The inner workings are all there, visible and faintly absurd, as though fixed in a translucent sheet of fictional ice." Sunday Telegraph

Review:

"A delightful book, laced with wry and witty observations, which makes a timely call for a return to a world where the quality of a novelist?s prose counts for more than the colour of his hair or the freshness of his face." Daily Mail

Review:

"Another perfect little novel of manners from the ever-wondrous Spark: a microcosm of the world we live in, constructed with wizardry, delicacy, sharp eye, and huge heart." Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

The lethally witty and morally penetrating new novel by one of the world’s most admired writers

College Sunrise is a somewhat louche and vaguely disreputable finishing school located 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 result: 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, an addition to one of the world’s most lauded and entertaining bodies of work.

About the Author

Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh, Scotland, in 1918. She is the author of over twenty novels as well as collections of short stories. Her most celebrated works include The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), Loitering with Intent (1981), The Comforters (1957), The Public Image (1968), The Girls of Slender Means (1963), The Driver's Seat (1970), and Aiding and Abetting (2001). She was awarded the OBE in 1967 and is a Dame of the British Empire. She has also been awarded the honorary degree of Doctor of Letters by the University of Edinburgh as well as the James Tait Black Memorial Prize. She lives in Tuscany, Italy.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385512824
Author:
Spark, Muriel
Publisher:
Random House
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Edition Description:
American
Publication Date:
September 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
192
Dimensions:
7.44x4.84x.69 in. .55 lbs.

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Product details 192 pages Doubleday Books - English 9780385512824 Reviews:
"Review A Day" by , "Muriel Spark has always been a writer of fiercely composed, devoutly starved fictions. The Finishing School, like several of her most recent books...has a somewhat anorexic quality....The Finishing School — surely forgivable from a writer of Spark's advanced seniority — seems not quite finished. But it sheds an interesting if pale retrospective light on this wonderful writer's best book." (read the entire Atlantic Monthly review)
"Review" by , "The most sharply original fictional imagination of our time...Starting her career as a poet, Spark in many ways remains one — not least in her deftness at finding images in unexpected places."
"Review" by , "What a rich seam Spark has quarried here. Moreover, it is cunning how, to the extent her purpose requires, she exploits the reader?s own jealousies or envies, in regard to these imagined students, so rich, so beautiful, so unanxious and so dreadfully young."
"Review" by , "[Spark's] faculties are in a state of crystalline sharpness, delineating a world of detail so fine...that there is no need to crack the surface to find what lies beneath. The inner workings are all there, visible and faintly absurd, as though fixed in a translucent sheet of fictional ice."
"Review" by , "A delightful book, laced with wry and witty observations, which makes a timely call for a return to a world where the quality of a novelist?s prose counts for more than the colour of his hair or the freshness of his face."
"Review" by , "Another perfect little novel of manners from the ever-wondrous Spark: a microcosm of the world we live in, constructed with wizardry, delicacy, sharp eye, and huge heart."
"Synopsis" by , The lethally witty and morally penetrating new novel by one of the world’s most admired writers

College Sunrise is a somewhat louche and vaguely disreputable finishing school located 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 result: 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, an addition to one of the world’s most lauded and entertaining bodies of work.

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