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The Comforters Read & Download Æ 105 À Caroline Rose is plagued by the tapping of typewriter keys and the strange detached narration of her every thought and action Caroline has an unusual problem she realises she is in a novel Her fellow characters also seem deluded Laurence her former lover finds diamonds in a loaf of bread has his elderly gr Caroline Rose is plagued by the tapping of typewriter keys and the strange detached narration of her every thought and action Caroline has an u. True to the saying nomen est omen this is a sparky novel unfortunately my senses have been blunted by reading The Secret I suspect I need a diet of sensible non fiction and fresh air to restore my reading sensibilities before I can appreciate Muriel Spark again However I reassure you gentle reader that this is a comic novel While I didn't fall off any chairs holding my aching ribs my smile to page ratio seemed to be high view spoileralthough as with The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie this is humour that can bite in this case close to the close of the novel the family patriarch He had misgivings then about his retreats He told his spiritual director 'I might have done better to spend the time at home My family have had to cope with difficultiesmy sonmy brothermy mother in lawone of our old servantsI might have done better had I not made so many retreats''You might have done worse' said the shrewd old priest and sounded as if he meant it It was a humiliating thought which in turn was good for the soul'They manage admirably without me' Edwin Manders admittedAnd so he was in retreat again pp182 3 hide spoiler

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The ComfortersNusual problem she realises she is in a novel Her fellow characters also seem deluded Laurence her former lover finds diamonds in a loaf of bre. Another Muriel Spark novel I had read already some five books by her And she is one of my favourite writers I knew what I expected when I began the novel and I was not disappointed Only that I was surprised to find out in the curse of reading The Comforters was Spark's debut When I learned that fact few things easily fell into places For instance the themes of conversion She became a Catholic in 1954 and writing a novel a character in the novel who is also meditating to write a novel is obsessed with a thought that she is part of a plot written by a disembodied spiritAbout the theme of ConversionI expect the theme of religion specifically Catholicism in Spark's novels She was an unorthodox kind of a Catholic This novel being a debut we get a glimpse into Spark's own reasoning into her own conviction that led her to Catholicism She clearly states that it was not easy way to salvation that led her to Catholicism She writes in the novel in a tongue in cheek manner of a recent convert who justifies his conversion in the following manner The wonderful thing about being a Catholic is that it makes life so easy Everything easy for salvation and you can have a happy life All the little things that the Protestant hate like the statues and the medals they all help us to have a happy lifeThis is a shallow level Any Christian irrespective of the denomination that he belongs to who has such a shallow opinion is deceiving himself She writes rather forcefully The demands of the Christian religion are exorbitant they are outrageous Christians who don't realize that from the start are not faithful They are dishonest; their teachers are talking in their sleep Love one another brethren beloved your brother neighbours love love love do they know what they are sayingThis thought is expressed by a character who is a recent convert who is haunted by a muse that at last succeeds in making the character to write a novel Surely that character in the novel must be Spark The autobiographical elements add flavour and I love them For I love SparkAbout the theme of WritingAs I said earlier the writer is to be haunted The character in the novel hears voices preceded by sound of someone typing the keys on a typewriter No one else hears When she shares it with the friends they mistake her for suffering from delusion In fact that may be right too But that is the way with the writer To escape the torment advice given is to take short notes and organize them later into a novel I think that is what Spark must have decided The autobiographical elements thus spotted till then in the novel get justified She Spark must have consulted herself and others as she began contemplating the idea of being a novelist The advice she received must have been Make it straight old fashioned story no modern mystifications End with the death of the villain and the marriage of the heroine This is the advice given to the character in the novel by a senior character And I think Spark stuck to such adviceFinallyThe above two vies on the novel are my obsessions I expect them in Spark But that should not cancel out other elements She is a writer for everyone She is a master story teller You begin a detached reader and then suddenly you are caught in the hypnotic words of Spark Spark will look at you teasingly and you will want her to go on narrating turning furiously the pages This story is not so different There are interesting characters 76 year old lady who is the ueen of a Diamond smuggling ring a full breasted woman who is hated by all a man who is obsessed with diabolismblack magic without he himself realizing it a business tycoon who is fond of making retreats etc Spark entertained me And I am thankful