“Muriel Spark: Time in her Fiction” by Linette Arthurton Bruno


Linette Arthurton Bruno
Publibook (2012)
ISBN 9782748390001
Reviewed by Sheri Hoyte for Reader Views (12/16)

“Muriel Spark: Time in her Fiction” by Linette Arthurton Bruno is the examination of how Muriel Spark incorporated her attitudes and beliefs into her fiction novels. Ms. Bruno uses five of Ms. Spark’s novels: The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Girls of Slender Means, Memento Mori, The Mandelbaum Gate, and The Driver’s Seat for her analysis.

Muriel Spark considered the world a stage, its inhabitants playing bit parts in the great story of life, marked by moments in time. Spark weaved her personal influences and outlook on life with calculated and skillful reflection into her fiction work. She is considered one of the great British writers and one of the most distinctive writers of the twentieth century.

All of the novels in the analysis reveal the recurring premise of Spark’s obsession with conflict. Bruno suggests a number of events in Spark’s life contributing to this fixation, such as growing up in wartime, and being born into a family of mixed religious influences. Bruno discusses three specific periods of Spark’s life that played predominant roles in her novels: her life and childhood experiences, her conversion to Catholicism, and entering the prime of her life.

Bruno delivers clever insight from her perspective into the mindset of Muriel Spark and the way Spark integrated her experiences into her writing. I found her analysis well written and thorough, often inciting a want for deeper reflection into the distinctive characteristics of human nature. “Muriel Spark: Time in her Fiction” by Linette Arthurton Bruno would make an excellent study guide for those wanting to dive deeper into the writings of Muriel Spark. It would also make a great reference tool for book clubs.


About Reader Views

Reader Views is an Austin, Texas, based company. We started late December 2005 as a book review service. Shortly after the company's birth we expanded into offering a variety of services for authors such as book publicity services, editing, author interviews, literary book awards, as well as coaching to write book proposals.
This entry was posted in Books, Non-Fiction, Writing and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.