Invidia

Invidia Nina e Rowland Mahler una coppia di giovani e cinici inglesi sembrano aver messo a segno il colpo della loro vita sfruttare l inesauribile fame di bon ton di una rampante e cosmopolita nuova casta p

  • Title: Invidia
  • Author: Muriel Spark Enrico Terrinoni
  • ISBN: 9788845919343
  • Page: 447
  • Format: Paperback
  • Nina e Rowland Mahler, una coppia di giovani e cinici inglesi, sembrano aver messo a segno il colpo della loro vita sfruttare l inesauribile fame di bon ton di una rampante e cosmopolita nuova casta parvenus, oscuri principi e bancarottieri disposta a spedire, senza badare a spese, i suoi rampolli nella intramontabile Svizzera, dove potranno apprendere le regole fondaNina e Rowland Mahler, una coppia di giovani e cinici inglesi, sembrano aver messo a segno il colpo della loro vita sfruttare l inesauribile fame di bon ton di una rampante e cosmopolita nuova casta parvenus, oscuri principi e bancarottieri disposta a spedire, senza badare a spese, i suoi rampolli nella intramontabile Svizzera, dove potranno apprendere le regole fondamentali dell etichetta come si mangia, a un cocktail, un uovo di piviere associandole, visti i tempi, a corsi di scrittura creativa Tutto funziona egregiamente, almeno fino a quando piomba al College Sunrise un fascinoso diciassettenne dai capelli rossi Brillante e capriccioso, Chris ama circondarsi di mistero Non solo sta scrivendo un romanzo su Maria Stuarda e non nutre dubbi sul suo futuro di grande scrittore Quanto basta per suscitare ammirazione, desiderio, astio e il pi devastante e inconfessabile dei sentimenti l invidia Tanto pi che il romanzo cui da tempo lavora il suo insegnante di scrittura creativa sembra essersi arenato Con il suo tocco ilare e corrosivo, la Spark fa vibrare una corda segreta e sensibile in ciascuno di noi, scatenando una tensione che solo un inaspettato evento sapr allentare, con la forza caustica e beffarda di uno sberleffo.

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    1. The bookshelves constitute the review. Though I paid only $2.98 for this smug little nugget of crap, I'm tempted to sue the estate of Muriel Spark just on principle. The characters don't even rise to the level of caricature; they are stick figures that Dame Muriel pushes around her chessboard for a while. Until she can't be bothered anymore. The mystery is why she bothered at all. Surely she didn't need the money, and why would she choose to have this piece of mincingly clever dreck be her last [...]

    2. I loved Muriel Spark's "The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie" which was written earlier in her long career. This was her last novel written two years before her death. While not as deep and detailed as "Jean Brodie", I found this to be a fun, frisky read. The contentious relationship between writers who none the less feed off each other was great fun to see. Overall, not her best but I really liked it!

    3. My University held a two-day conference to mark Muriel Spark's centenary in early February, and it seemed rude not to buy a book whilst I was volunteering. I have read quite a few of Spark's books to date, but The Finishing School is one of those outstanding which I have had my eye on for quite a while. I was intrigued enough, in fact, to begin reading it right away.According to a few of the lecturers and general Spark fans whom I spoke to at the conference, The Finishing School is her weakest b [...]

    4. Although I like Muriel Spark, I found this one lacking. It was certainly the thinnest of her books I've read; the page margins seemed much larger than an inch. I found the plot--Rowland, medium-skanky teacher "trying" to finish his "novel", is stupefyingly jealous of his prolific student, Chris--to be underdeveloped and not very interesting. The additional characters--rich, stupid students, Rowland's wife Nina, and a selection of servants who seem to be there only to illustrate class divisions-- [...]

    5. This is shocking for me to admit but I forgot I had read this book previously. The plot was that boring. If I didn't have to read this for a friend's book club I would have probably just stopped and chosen another book. Instead I found an audiobook copy that was narrated by a narrator, Nadia May, I have had good experiences with previously. Let me start off this review by saying the writing in this novella isn't bad. Truth be told the writing is just fine, and it could have been a good book give [...]

    6. Rowland and Nina Mahler both run College Sunshine, a travelling finishing school for the young and wealthy. Richard, who is trying to finish (and start) his novel, becomes obsessed with Chris, a 17-year-old student, whose own vaguely historical novel is showing far more progress and has attracted the attention of publishers. Stuff happens, though not much. Muriel Spark's last novel, already quite slender, is also rather thin, story-wise, and even flatter, when it comes to characters. But the lib [...]

    7. Although a short book, it took me two days to read as I was not particularly drawn in by either the plot or the characters. While the novel was set in the present time, I did not feel like the author was able to recreate today's teens. They felt like kids back in the 50's to me.Naive, willing students, deferential to the adults. While there was some interesting tension between Rowland, a creative writing teacher, and Chris, his star pupil, it wasn't enough to carry the story.

    8. This was kind of creepy and odd and I kind of liked it. It was written very objectively, in that there's almost zero emotion to be found in this book, despite it being about jealousy, loyalty and love. I liked Nina best of all (especially her lessons, which were fantastic), but felt that even though this was clearly set now, with all of the laptops and faxes, the characters felt like they belonged in the past - hippies, maybe? That could be part of the distance the reader has from all the charac [...]

    9. I was disappointed with this book. I've read severalother of Spark's books and liked them but this was boring. The plot failed to interest, the characters seem contrived. I don't think I'd even have forced myself to finish if this had been an unknown author.I see from other reviews it wasn't just me. This was her last novel written when she was in her 80's.

    10. breezy and swift, though aside from its ascerbic humor it had lacked gravity. The Finishing School was a Murdochian sketch pushed forward slightly into realization. The time twisted totems of education and affection pull up short of Don't Stand So Close To Me.

    11. Book #2 of a 24h marathon on the 26th of April 2015The book revolves around a small finishing school run by a married couple (who happen to be oblivious to this fact). There is a 17year old boy named Chris who is writing an exceptional novel and Mr. Rowland tends to get so jealous of this kid's ability to be sucessful that he is fine to go to great lenghts to stop him.That's it. That's the story. 160 pages of pure bluntness. I wonder what went through Spark's head while publishing this because I [...]

    12. This was a strange little book. Parts of it were funny and held my attention, but there were too many characters for so few words, and I wasn't sure if this was supposed to be pure satire, or if there were deeper messages behind the story. There were some confusing sections, which may have been editing mistakes, where dialogue actually didn't make sense (was I missing something?) This actually sums up how I felt reading the book - that I was missing something. But somehow despite my reservations [...]

    13. Anemic little book. I felt at first like whole paragraphs were missing and as it progressed like whole chapters were missing. Some snappy writing here and there with interesting observations but little else. No real sense of time and place. Could be 1960 could be 2005 except for allusions to emails. Actually the whole thing is like an allusion to a real novel.

    14. For me, this was reminiscent of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie only in that it took place at a school. In comparison, The Finishing School's characters are paper-thin, and although I occasionally found it amusing, I never found it absorbing.

    15. This is shocking for me to admit but I forgot I had read this book previously. The plot was that boring. If I didn't have to read this for school and a friend's book club then I would have probably just stopped and chosen another book.Let me start off this review by saying the writing in this novella isn't bad. Truth be told the writing is just fine, and it could have been a good book given the proper care. As the novella is right now, I felt no connection to the story or the characters. I think [...]

    16. “You begin,” he said, “by setting your scene. You have to see your scene, either in reality or in imagination. For instance, from here you can see across the lake. But on a day like this you can’t see across the lake, it’s too misty. You can’t see the other side.” Rowland took off his reading glasses to stare at his creative writing class whose parents’ money was being thus spent: two boys and three girls around sixteen to seventeen years of age, some more, some a little less. [...]

    17. A quick read, so worth a shot. Personally, the characters and the plot fell very flat - I found myself bored with everything that was going on. the characters were difficult to relate to, with very little emotional attachment assigned to anybody. I found this book was coldly written, more expositional than anything else.

    18. This was a quick read - short and sweet. I liked it enough but didn't love it. Set in a Finishing School, where well to do families send their children to absorb some culture and learn a little about the world before launching out into it. It is run by a young couple, Rowland and Nina, who have a small select group of students, amongst them Chris a 17 year old aspiring novelist. Chris's perceived success torments Rowland, who is struggling with his own writing. Neither can work with, nor without [...]

    19. A small school relocates in Switzerland with its pupils and teachers. There is a fierce competition between one of the owners, a would be novelist, and one of the students, who is writing a historic novel about Mary Queen of Scots. The other owner offers special, short sessions of useless information. Sardonic and short, this was a fun read, but the story falls apart at the end."In case you are thinking of getting a job at the United Nations," Nina told them, "I have picked up a bit of informati [...]

    20. A quick but still enthralling read. Muriel Sparks captures the intensity and jealousy between student and teacher like no other writer I've encountered. Her school environments exist entirely in the grey zones of what is and isn't deemed appropriate.The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie is still her most successful exploration of the strange, precocious relationships that develop between student and mentor. It sets an incredibly high bar. The Finishing School is a solid book. If it were written by anoth [...]

    21. I like Muriel Spark's quirky outlook and, after completing an earlier book, felt that "more was more" and the more I read the more I enjoyed her writing. But, this book set me off that course.Instead of finding the situation and characters off-beat in THE FINISHING SCHOOL, I found them unsettling. Although this is a short book, I allowed myself to set the book aside, rather than running right through it. Spark is no doubt very gifted at setting a mood, but the mood is precisely what put me off. [...]

    22. Little more than a short story really. And while short stories have a habit of driving me bananas, possibly because they tend to come in books containing one good yarn and ten substandard ones, I enjoyed this standalone one. It's about the symbiotic relationship between aspiring novelist Rowland, currently running a anachronistic kind of modern day co-educational finishing school, and his student Chris, an actually-getting-on-with-it novelist, with a cast of other odd characters getting in the w [...]

    23. While the LA Times is quoted as called this "ingeniously comic", I would call it mildly amusing. I recognize that my sense of humor may be somewhat subdued compared to many, so that might not mean much. This is a very quick read. This edition has wide margins and the text is unjustified. If printed normally, I would guess it would come in closer to 100 pages, rather than nearly 200. I enjoyed my very few hours, but I'm not sure I'll be picking up another Muriel Spark very soon.I did observe that [...]

    24. 2 1/2 starsThis was a bizarre little book. Quite frankly, I don’t even know what to think. It certainly was different, with a unique and interesting premise.But different doesn’t necessarily equate to better. Sometimes different is just different. I was left feeling very dissatisfied, and would not recommend the book to any of my friends.

    25. Well, that was odd. I admit I mostly bought this book because it was set in Switzerland (Ouchy in Lausanne - I've been there!), but I expected more from the blurb. Despite the laptops and mobile phones, it felt like this book was set in the past are there really still finishing school these days? And I couldn't engage with any of the characters. Most of them were just boring, except maybe Nina. Two stars, because I didn't actually hate it

    26. This is a delicious story about a man that wants to be a successful writer; and a kid that is his student and is a very talented writer. The teacher starts feeling jealous of his student's talent; and soon becomes obsessed with him. In the end; nothing is what it looks like; and the story is so well written that one can read it in no time and ask oneself how can a 86 year old writer be so fresh and juvenile in her texts.

    27. This book is absurd.The characters are ridiculous and the story seems to completely follow the author's whim, and not the actual story.I am without words. I don't understand.At this point I believe I am the problem. I can't see the artistry of the book. It's my fault.This book is so bad, I became passive aggressive.

    28. What an odd, disjointed sort of novel. Written I think when Muriel Spark was in her 80s, it feels a lot like notes taken for a novel, which is in fact what one character does in the story. There are lots of little tangents and peripheral characters, all of which is interesting but kind of superficial. I did like it though.

    29. This was pretty awful but as usual I finished it just so that I could be sure. I felt like I was a publisher or a literary agent reading a really crappy submission from someone who just wanted very badly to finish writing a damn novel.

    30. Muriel Spark wows me every time. Hooray for writers like her! The story is masterful, and oh, so subtle. If no one's planning a movie for this one yet, they definitely should.

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