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by Muriel Spark

  • ISBN: 0140015469
  • Category: Contemporary
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Muriel Spark
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Gardners Books (February 28, 1973)
  • Pages: 224
  • ePub book: 1860 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1953 kb
  • Other: rtf mobi lit lrf
  • Rating: 4.6
  • Votes: 382

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Memento Mori is a novel by Scottish author Muriel Spark published by Macmillan in 1959.

Memento Mori is a novel by Scottish author Muriel Spark published by Macmillan in 1959. The title translates to "Remember you must die", which is the message delivered by a series of insidious phonecalls made to the elderly Dame Lettie Colston and her acquaintances. Who is making the calls and why? The recipients reflect on their past lives while they try to identify the culprit.

A new directions classic. First published as a New Directions Classic in 2000. Published by arrangement with Dame Muriel Spark, and her agent Georges Borchardt, In. New York.

Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was the author of dozens of novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento .

Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was 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, and many more. As a woman of a certain age, I found "Memento Mori" appropriate, as I had found "The Prime of Miss Jean Brody" when I was considerably younger.

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Witty, poignant and wickedly hilarious, Memento Mori may ostensibly concern death, but it is a book which leaves one relishing life all the more. Books included in the VMC 40th anniversary series include: Frost in May by Antonia White; The Collected Stories of Grace Paley; Fire from Heaven by Mary Renault; The Magic Toyshop by Angela Carter; The Weather in the Streets by Rosamond Lehmann; Deep Water by Patricia Highsmith; The Return of the Soldier by Rebecca West; Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale.

Muriel Spark's 'Memento Mori', first published in 1959, is among the finest novels by one of the most witty and inclusive British writers of recent times.

Unforgettably astounding and a joy to read, Memento Mori is considered by many to be the greatest novel by the wizardly Dame Muriel Spark. Muriel Spark's 'Memento Mori', first published in 1959, is among the finest novels by one of the most witty and inclusive British writers of recent times. It tells the acidly funny story of a group of elderly people who start to receive threatening phone calls telling them 'remember, you must die'.

Электронная книга "Memento Mori", Muriel Spark Poignant, hilarious, and spooky, Memento Mori addresses old age In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice o. .

Электронная книга "Memento Mori", Muriel Spark. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "Memento Mori" для чтения в офлайн-режиме. Poignant, hilarious, and spooky, Memento Mori addresses old age In late 1950s London, something uncanny besets a group of elderly friends: an insinuating voice on the telephone reminds each: Remember you must die. Their geriatric feathers are soon thoroughly ruffled, and many an old unsavory secret is dusted off. Подробне. крыть. Другие книги автора Muriel Spark.

In Memento Mori, Spark has delivered a sharp yet moving tragi-comedy about the nature of ageing, one that might .

In Memento Mori, Spark has delivered a sharp yet moving tragi-comedy about the nature of ageing, one that might just provide us with a timely reminder of our own mortality and the need to treat each other with compassion while we’re still here. Memento Mori is published by Virago Modern Classics; personal copy. I think that the mere fact that a group of 70-year olds are the main characters is already reason enough to read it. I mean, we always talk about gender, race, ethnicity.

Comments

Mojar Mojar
The central subject of this book is old age and the creepy perception of death approaching. All characters are old, and the story reflects their individual attitudes and response to death's proximity. The main character is Dame Lettie Colston, a rich spinster who begins to receive enigmatic phone calls by a stranger who, calling her by name, reminds her that she will die soon. Dame Colston then pesters the police, who reluctantly open an investigation and even recruit a retired detective. Then some of Lettie's acquaintances start experiencing the same phenomenon, and the detective sustains interviews with each one. Some of them get terrorized, some others joke with the caller, some others call the police, and some simply hang up and forget about it. It becomes the detective's nightmare that every one gives a different description of the voice: some say it's a young man (kind, agressive, sad, or creepy), some say he's an older man, the point is no one gives the same account.

In the course of the narration, two subplots appear, perfectly intertwined with the main thread: on the one hand, the diverse errands of the characters, which show the very different ways in which people face old age and death (these characters include Lettie's sister in law, who suffers from senile dementia); on the other hand, the story of Lettie's ex-nurse, interned in a residence for the terminally-ill, and its microcosmos.

Funny, sharp, necessarily possessed by a black sense of humor, this novel is a great dissection of the final phase of life. One surprising thing is that the author was then still far from it.
MisterMax MisterMax
This is the story of a large number of elderly people (mostly well-to-do) as they live out the "autumn" years of their lives. Past transgressions (mostly infidelities) complicate their current lives. Secrets abound. It's a witty, plot-driven story with a deeper theme (memento mori) woven throughout. The characters are largely believable, and are somewhat developed, although with so many characters, no one is deeply characterized. The plot is extremely (excessively?) complex. I had trouble getting into the story because of the number of characters and plot hints/twists introduced in the opening pages. Once I made a chart of the characters and their relationships with each other, which developed throughout the book, I found it much more engaging.
Beazekelv Beazekelv
Muriel Spark has been called "witty," or "clever," and while that is quite an accomplishment, I would prefer if a novel was deep. The only other Spark work I've read is _The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie_, a masterpiece of irony. Perhaps after World War II, the arc of characters with interior consciousness like those of V. Woolf, had ended, and Spark and others were what readers wanted. Something about this novel reminded me of the BBC TV series imported to the USA, _Waiting for God_. However, in _Memento Mori_, there is a sinister element which is really dark, the crank phone calls to Dame Lettie, "Remember you must die."

Part of the sadness or pain of the novel is that people don't become wiser as they grow older--and they often, still, don't have the power or will to reflect on their lives. There is no question that all of the characters are well-drawn: Alec Warner is sinister and disturbing, Mrs. Pettigrew, a housekeeper seems the most sympathetic, the most genuinely troubled. And then there are Dame Lettie's ludicrous accusations that Inspector Mortimer is the crank caller. Mortimer has the only wise line: the police won't find the caller because, "considering the evidence," he said, "in my opinion the offender is Death himself."

This is a relatively "easy read," and Spark shows how dialogue can move a plot along. There is a painful, gruesome scene to do with Lettie towards the end which brings the novel to a high point.
MisterQweene MisterQweene
"Momento Mori" is as the title suggests about death but it is not grim. In fact, she finds much comedy in the situations that people find themselves in when aging and aged. I particularly loved the grannies in the public nursing home. It was published in l959 but still has much to teach us!
Welahza Welahza
This book makes for a lively read. Sparks employs wit and an ever-so-slight cynicism to her elderly characters, whose thoughts and deeds matter just as much as any younger person. Yet she does not spare them; they show the foolishness which all human beings possess.
I really enjoyed the pace, clipping along with a few concise details and sharp dialogue.
According to Muriel Sparks's obituary, her style of writing is relatively rare. Perhaps due to the combination of her religiosity and unique personality she writes about morality with a light touch which can be absorbed and appreciated easily.
I encourage readers to dip their toes into a book placed in the Fifties which has no affinity to pop culture Fifties.
Usaxma Usaxma
I highly recommend Memento Mori. First of all, the elderly -- and we are talking about the advanced in age, sixty-eight year olds are consider the "young" -- rarely receive fictional treatment. As a thirtysomething reader, I found Spark's take on the topic interesting and the ending (as well as the mystery of the phone calls) oh so effective.

Spark takes pains to show how the wisdom that is supposed to accrete over the years has not worked and her characters display the same vices and virtues that they have their whole lives. The ending is sudden and heartbreaking because the absence of direction the characters show never abates.

Another strong effort by one of Britain's literary doyennes.
Kanal Kanal
Clever book. I enjoyed it.
I enjoyed this book, although it is a bit dated. But very well written and I found it kept me interested to the end. Rather liked all the characters, too - especially Olive, even though she was just a minor character.