By Muriel Spark
"Long in the past in 1945 all of the great humans in England have been terrible, making an allowance for exceptions," starts off The women of narrow Means, Dame Muriel Spark's tragic and rapier-witted portrait of a London women' hostel simply rising from the shadow of global warfare II.
Like the might of Teck membership itself—"three occasions window shattered for the reason that 1940 yet by no means at once hit"—its girl population do their most sensible to behave as though the area have been again to common: practising elocution, and jostling over suitors and a unmarried Schiaparelli costume. The novel's harrowing finishing finds that the women' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations are hiding a few tragically painful warfare wounds.
selected through Anthony Burgess as the best glossy Novels within the Sunday Times of London, The women of slim Means is a taut and eerily excellent novel by means of an writer The long island Times has referred to as "one of this century's most interesting creators of comic-metaphysical entertainment."