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Loitering with intent av Muriel Spark
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Loitering with intent (urspr publ 1981; utgåvan 1982)

av Muriel Spark

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"How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century", Fleur Talbot rejoices. Happily loitering about London, c. 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job "on the grubby edge of the literary world", as secretary to the peculiar Autobiographical Association. Mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance -- or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case. But when its pompous director, Sir Quentin Oliver, steals the manuscript of Fleur's new novel, fiction begins to appropriate life. The association's members begin to act out scenes exactly as Fleur herself has already written them in her missing manuscript. And as they meet darkly funny, pre-visioned fates, where does art start or reality end? "A delicious conundrum", The New Statesman called Loitering with Intent.Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.… (mer)
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Titel:Loitering with intent
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Info:St. Albans : Triad/Granada, 1982
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Loitering with Intent av Muriel Spark (1981)

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Oh my what fun! a stalwart heroine, nasty villains, intrigue, class structure, friendship and art all told with that extraordinary articulateness that gifted writers mastered in 20th century UK. Spark’s style and wonderful prose is related to that of Penelope Lively, and our heroine also, but the story and its twists are very different. Our narrator’s interesting and unique views on people and events is constantly amusing and intriguing. An example is horrible people. Fleur delights in them as their debilitations are simply wonderful for her to observe, they don’t bother her in the slightest and if anything she seeks them out. A wonderful read I couldn’t put down. ( )
  diveteamzissou | Nov 28, 2023 |
A mitad de siglo, en el Londres de la postguerra, Fleur, una joven autora inédita, se entrega apasionadamente a la redacción de su primera novela. Pero son tiempos difíciles, el racionamiento sigue en vigor, y ha de ganarse la vida. Por eso, empieza a trabajar, en calidad de secretaria, para la Sociedad Autobiográfica, un extraño grupo de neuróticos guiados por el carismático y no menos extraño sir Quentin. Pero, gradualmente, el misterio se adueña de la vida de Fleur. Los hechos reales se asemejan sospechosamente a los sucesos descritos en su novela inacabada: sir Quentin y sus lunáticos seguidores parecen imitar a los personajes que ella ha creado en la intimidad de su cuarto. Hasta que, cuando el manuscrito de la novela desaparece, realidad y ficción se confunden definitivamente, y entonces...
  Natt90 | Nov 23, 2022 |
Looking back on her life, Fleur Talbot informs us that it felt wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century. They were heady days for Fleur in 1949. She was busy living a somewhat chaotic life, penning her first novel, “Warrender Chase,” and taking on temporary employment as secretary to Sir Quentin Oliver and his Autobiographical Association. Life has a way of imitating art, or vice versa, and certainly in this case Fleur is quick to note similarities between her character, Warrender, and Sir Quentin. Indeed, more similarities emerge between lesser characters and those she encounters in her employment. It’s almost as though they were deliberately enacting her novel. Does it seem too fanciful? Fleur certainly thinks so, suspecting rather that Sir Quentin is up to something nefarious. It’s bound to end in either heartache or heart attack, but both would be, I’m sure she’d agree, grist for the mill of her future endeavours as a novelist.

Muriel Spark is clearly having the time of her life with Fleur’s autobiographical account of her younger life. But she’s also having great fun with the play between fiction and autobiography as well as the preposterous lives we imagine for our favourite novelists. Nothing is really as it seems here. How could it be? It would be absurd. On the other hand, life just might be absurd. And for a novelist as playful and subtle as Spark, it almost certainly must be.

Good fun and warmly recommended. ( )
  RandyMetcalfe | Mar 27, 2022 |
Pretty funny. I'll have to read this in print sometime.

Quotable: "How wonderful it feels to be an artist, and a woman, in the twentieth century!" ( )
  beautifulshell | Aug 27, 2020 |
A writer writes a book about a writer who is writing a book, joining a circle of writers writing books - and all of them are autobiographical to some degree. It could be very tedious but in Spark's hands it is sharp, witty and challenging. October 2019 ( )
  alanca | Nov 11, 2019 |
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The memoirs written by the members of the Autobiographical Association ... had a number of factors in common. One of them was nostalgia, another was paranoia, a third was a transparent craving on the part of the authors to appear likeable. I think they probably lived out their lives on the principle that what they were, and did, and wanted, should above all look pretty.
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"How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century", Fleur Talbot rejoices. Happily loitering about London, c. 1949, with intent to gather material for her writing, Fleur finds a job "on the grubby edge of the literary world", as secretary to the peculiar Autobiographical Association. Mad egomaniacs, hilariously writing their memoirs in advance -- or poor fools ensnared by a blackmailer? Rich material, in any case. But when its pompous director, Sir Quentin Oliver, steals the manuscript of Fleur's new novel, fiction begins to appropriate life. The association's members begin to act out scenes exactly as Fleur herself has already written them in her missing manuscript. And as they meet darkly funny, pre-visioned fates, where does art start or reality end? "A delicious conundrum", The New Statesman called Loitering with Intent.Copyright © Libri GmbH. All rights reserved.

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