The Finishing School

The Finishing School

Book - 2004
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Passionately determined to write his novel whilst running College Sunrise, a finishing school for both sexes and mixed nationalities, Rowland Mahler is assisted by his wife, Nina Parker. This term there is a new star pupil - Chris, 17, also determined to write his own masterpiece.
Publisher: London : Viking, c2004
ISBN: 9780670911738
Branch Call Number: SPAR
Characteristics: 155 p. : 18 cm


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Apr 09, 2013

Muriel Spark seems to go in for sassy romps that she tells with such a light touch, it can be hard to know what to think of the story. The writing is good but the story unbelievable, and told with such a flat affect that it's difficult to engage with or care much about the characters. Still, somehow, I enjoyed this one, and the other of hers I've read so far, A Far Cry From Kensington (not available in Hamilton PL - had to borrow it from Burlington PL). Spark's books so far strike me as being a bit like a long joke, an extensive build-up to a savoury punchline.

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