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A Far Cry from Kensington
A Far Cry from Kensington
Author: Muriel Spark
Set on the crazier fringes of 1950s literary London, A Far Cry from Kensington is a delight, hilariously portraying love, fraud, death, evil, and transformation. Mrs. Hawkins, the majestic narrator of A Far Cry from Kensington, takes us well in hand, and leads us back to her threadbare years in postwar London. There, as a fat and m...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780380707867
ISBN-10: 0380707861
Publication Date: 3/1990
  • Currently 4.2/5 Stars.

4.2 stars, based on 13 ratings
Publisher: Avon Books (P)
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Members Wishing: 1
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Jerseygirltoo avatar reviewed A Far Cry from Kensington on + 429 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 5
This is one of my favorite books, morbid but wickedly funny in a very British way. My copy is a keeper, I like to reread it every few years, but if you see it come available here, I recommend grabbing it, quick. The plot revolves around the doings in a British boarding house where the narrator lives, and also the failing publishing company where she works. If you've ever worked for a company that was on the verge of going bankrupt, you'll enjoy the descriptions of the office.
Muriel Spark speaks intimately to the reader, it's as if your best friend was writing you a letter(if your best friend was a fantastic writer). Her novels have won lots of prizes in England, and they are all short fun reads, if you like dry, slightly twisted humor.
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reviewed A Far Cry from Kensington on + 15 more book reviews
A look at the English post-war working class through the eye of a woman widowed during the WWII. Working in publishing, living in a boarding house we get a bit of mystery and a bit of humor and a good deal of solid writing. I wanted to follow Mrs. Hawkins to the next phase of her life.
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The British have a very different outlook on life and this book is another example of that. Somewhat of a \"chick\'s\" book but it was enjoyable.


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