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A Spark in Time

Bruno, Linette

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ISBN 10: 1432729683 / ISBN 13: 9781432729684
Published by Outskirts Press, 2009
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Title: A Spark in Time

Publisher: Outskirts Press

Publication Date: 2009

Book Condition:As New

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As a teacher of English, holder of a Masters Degree from the Sorbonne University in Paris, Linette Bruno has taught English in the French island of Martinique for several years. Captivated by Muriel Spark's lively wit, and her skill in combining complicated narrative technique with richness of theme, she has undertaken to produce this work.
A BBC news article which appeared at the time of Dame Muriel Spark's death described her as "one of the liveliest and most original literary talents to be discovered in Britain since the end of Word War II"
Like the famous Jacques in Shakespeare's "As You Like It", Muriel Spark seems to see:

"All the world's a stage/And all the men and women merely players/They have their exits and their entrances/And one man in his time plays many parts/His acts being seven ages..." Old people become babes again. School-boys (or girls) grow into their prime. Lovers, lawyers, bachelors, spinsters all make their way across the stage in her fiction. Their performances, during the brief moment they remain on stage, are observed and cleverly depicted under her skilful pen for the enjoyment of her readers.
Five novels, generally considered to be among her best, have been chosen to show how Muriel Spark manages to make those brief moments, mere spots in time, transcend time itself. They are: "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie", "The Girls of Slender Means", "The Mandelbaum Gate", "The Driver's Seat" and "Memento Mori".

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Outskirts Manuscript Evaluation Team encouraged me by saying the following: "You have an interesting and timely composition. Your organization and thesis are clear, which compliments your voice to create a tangible, poignant narrative. You use this along with solid sense of dialogue to really let the reader "in" on what's important. That creates value. Overall, your work demonstrates strong writing with a dialogue that paces and develops nicely. Your obvious fascination and respect for the word of Muriel Spark was especially notable, and you write about it in a way that will bring many readers in touch with Muriel Spark's works as well. Your book is well written and it's clear that you have put a good deal of thought and effort into the planning and presentation of your manuscript. It is very nicely formatted with a clear and concise layout. Your ending sentence - 'The unification of all the different worlds shown in Muriel Spark's fiction represents her overall view of the world, that great stage of life where we all play a part' is a great summary to your review".

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