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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (139 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Muriel Spark Narrator: Frederick Davidson Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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The Mandelbaum Gate divides the conflict-torn realm of Jerusalem, separating Israel from Jordan. Barbara Vaughn, a stubborn young Englishwoman and half-Jewish Catholic convert, insists upon crossing the divide in order to rendezvous with her fiancé, in spite of the very real danger. Not even the threat of bodily harm and fearful admonishments of staid British diplomat Freddy Hamilton can dissuade Barbara from her ill-timed pilgrimage. Her quest sets off a series of bizarre situations and adventures, set against the backdrop of the Eichmann trial of 1961.

Muriel Spark has created a many-faceted novel, both comic and serious, enriched by a wealth of information.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The Mandelbaum Gate is a fascinating performance...It crosses the tradition of the novel of female sensibility with modern exotic fiction...it is not a book to miss.”

    New York Times

  • “Takes the breath away…Pure adventure…Suspense as artfully maintained as anything by Graham Greene.”

    New Republic

  • “English-accented Frederick Davidson turns in a memorable performance.” 

    Library Journal

  • “[Davidson] achieve[s] successful transitions through deliberate pauses and changes of voice. Thus, we’re able to follow the many tangents the author uses to enrich the story and our listening pleasure.”


  • Winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1965

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Maddy | 7/23/2012

    " I think Spark's a brilliant writer but this just didn't do it for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Margo | 5/11/2012

    " Tough times call for Spark's wry humor and quirky cadences. I always have one or two on hand and pulled this one out this weekend. Good so far, but far from a favorite. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Preeta | 10/23/2011

    " Very different from the other Muriel Spark novels I've read. Not satirical, not even really funny, but still pretty good. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Kathleen | 1/8/2011

    " A very different sort of book for Muriel Spark, but I loved it nevertheless. "

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