Not Just Another Grouchy Grammarian

Musings about language, books, grammar, and writing in general

Review: Loitering with Intent, by Muriel Spark

I really don’t remember how I came to borrow Muriel Spark’s Loitering with Intent from the library, but I am delighted that it somehow found its way to my TBR pile.

I was grabbed by the first paragraph, and shanghaied into accompanying the protagonist, one Fleur Talbot, on her journey as an aspiring writer through 1949 London. The characters she meets, the autobiographies they are trying to create, the “additions” Ms. Talbot creates to make them more interesting, and the novel she is working on in her copious free time all make for a delightful ride.

The flip side, of course, is that this is very much about one writer’s process, and it is a fascinating look at how this particular writer’s mind works, and how her characters and the people she deals with in life blend and feed each other.

If this book is any kind of real representation of Ms. Spark’s work, I expect to see a lot more of her work on my TBR!

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