Wednesday, July 05, 2006

63. "The Girls of Slender Means" ~ Muriel Spark

To whomever recommended this book, I give my thanks.

The May of Teck society is for women in London during wartime whom have no proper living arrangements. In essence, it is a sorority house, with characters who swap clothing coupons and face cream, count calories and beaus.

Of the sisterhood, "Brainy" Jane is the most serious; she thinks it is because she is the fattest. Though the third person narrative jumps frequently, it is mainly through her eyes that that reader sees the humor and ultimate tragedy of the novel.

The side story of the writer-turned-religious vigilante seemed to overdo it to me, but that's just personal taste. There is a far more effective and rending scene that says more in its details.

3.85 out of 5.0 Black Marias.

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