Spark’s The Finishing School

Yesterday, The Guardian posted a digested read of Muriel Spark’s latest novel, The Finishing School, a satirical portrait of creative writing classes.

An actual excerpt from the novel appeared in the same publication in mid-February, and the Sunday Herald published an interview with the author.

Andrew Crumey argues in the weekend’s Scotsman that the book is far from Ms. Spark’s best:

Spark’s lasting reputation is beyond question. But pardon me if I fail to bow before her latest production.

The only really positive thing I can say about The Finishing School is that I enjoyed its first page, and was never bored during the remaining 154, since I was propelled by the conviction that something interesting would surely happen eventually. I was wrong.

Update: Ed forwards a link to this piece about the controversy surrounding the novel.

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