The Girls of Slender Means

The Girls of Slender Means

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Chosen by Anthony Burgess as one of the Best Modern Novels in the Sunday Times of London, The Girls of Slender Means is a taut and eerily perfect novel by an author The New York Times has called "one of this century's finest creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 140 pages
  • 132 x 203 x 13mm | 166g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 081121379X
  • 9780811213790
  • 514,529

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The Girls of Slender Means is Dame Muriel Spark's tragic portrait of a London ladies' hostel just emerging from the shadow of World War II. Like the May of Teck Club itself - "three times window-shattered since 1940 but never directly hit" - its lady inhabitants do their best to act as if the world were back to normal: practicing elocution, and jostling over suitors and a single Schiaparelli gown. The novel's ending reveals that the girls' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding some tragically painful war wounds.
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Review quote

Spark writes with a light comic touch, but there's an undertone of a kind of existential desperation.--Patrick T. Reardon
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4,234 ratings
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4 39% (1,638)
3 32% (1,375)
2 8% (345)
1 2% (87)
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