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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (737 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Muriel Spark Narrator: Wanda McCaddon Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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“How wonderful to be an artist and a woman in the twentieth century,” Fleur Talbot rejoices. Loitering about London in 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 odd Autobiographical Association. Are they a group of 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, 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 had already written them in her missing manuscript. And as they meet darkly funny, pre-visioned fates, where does art start or reality end?

This novel is Muriel Spark in prime form, one of her most enjoyable, complex, and instructive jeux d’esprit.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “I read this book in a delirium of delight. In Loitering with Intent, Miss Spark returns to the early flawless form of Memento Mori and The Comforters…robust and full-bodied, a wise and mature work, and a brilliantly mischievous one.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “One of Spark’s very best novels—funny and clever and surprising.”

    New Republic

  • “A delicious conundrum.”

    New Statesman

  • “Generating hilarious turns of phrase and larger-than-life characters…Spark’s inimitable style make this literary joyride thoroughly appealing.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Spark’s involved plots, unhurried pace, and willingness to poke at the intricate eccentricities of human behavior are well served by [Wanda McCaddon’s] reading. [McCaddon] easily manages the story’s complex, numerous strands…It’s a credit to [McCaddon] that we can keep track of the wealth of personality and detail Spark offers.”


  • A 1981 Man Booker Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sadie | 2/11/2014

    " This book is absurd, exquisite and hilarious. That is all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jessie | 1/25/2014

    " Very postmodern, life imitating art imitating life. One is not too entirety trusting of the "author"'s version of events, where a demonic charismatic, figure dominates the lives of some unsuspecting fools. Laughable farce. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Roko | 1/15/2014

    " This is an enjoyable book, but it feels slight. It's short, and kind of a comedy, so it's not the kind of book you can really get your teeth into, but one where you can feel like the writer is having fun with the book and with the reader. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Mary Lou | 1/13/2014

    " When this came up in my recommendations I realised I had already read it some years ago. Classic book- much of the meaning probably lost on me. Must read again "

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