The Finishing School by Muriel Spark

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From Muriel Spark, the grande dame of literary satire, comes this swift, deliciously witty tale of writerly ambition that recalls her beloved The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie.College Sunrise is a somewhat louche and vaguely disreputable finishing school located, for now, in Lausanne, Switzerland. Rowland Mahler and his wife, Nina, run the school as a way to support themselves while he works, somewhat falteringly, on his novel. Into Rowland’s creative writing class comes seventeen-year-old Chris Wiley, a red-haired literary prodigy whose historical novel-in-progress, on Mary Queen of Scots, has already excited the interest of publishers. The inevitable result: keen envy, and a game of cat and mouse fraught with jealousy and attraction, both literary and sexual.


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About Muriel Spark

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Muriel Spark (1918-2006) is the author of dozens of novels including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, A Far Cry from Kensington, The Girls of Slender Means, The Ballad of Peckham Rye, The Driver's Seat, Not to Disturb, and many more. She became Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in 1993.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Three Rivers Press. 194 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Children's Books, Business & Economics, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction

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As the school year moves forward amid various perfections of detail, atmosphere, and event—field trips, fashion shows, hotel dances, sometimes even classes—the real story lies in Rowland’s obsessive envy of Chris and his jealousy-induced breakdown (Rowland actually stays at a monastery for a bit,...

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The New York Times

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The proprietor of a school, a novelist with writer's block, becomes jealous of the literary ability of one of his students in Muriel Spark's new novel.

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The New York Times

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In Muriel Spark's novel, a blocked writer feels threatened by a teenager.

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The New York Times

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In Muriel Spark's novel, a blocked writer feels threatened by a teenager.

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The Guardian

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In The Finishing School , Spark defies unworthy caution by making almost all her characters very young and the action contemporary (one of the students is writing a thesis 'on the massacre of the Nepalese royal family in recent years', an odd piece of phrasing).

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The Guardian

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So the "real" enters the "art" in Rowland's novel, Chris's novel and this novel too as the characters annoy, threaten, attract and fall in and out of love with each other in a series of spirals of the possible, the probable and the actual.

Mar 19 2004 | Read Full Review of The Finishing School

Book Reporter

fact that the school --- College Sunrise --- is a mobile one and.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Misha Berson Spectator 4 of 5 Stars "What a rich seam Spark has quarried here.

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