The Bachelors by Muriel Spark

After reading Loitering With Intent and The Abbess of Crewe I was all hyped up on this new (to me) crazy author.  I dove into The Bachelors and came up all “eehh.”

It’s not that I’m necessarily against  a story about epileptic bachelors, scam artist, spiritualism, seances, unwanted pregnancies, trials, handwriting experts,  and planned murders, it’s just that I didn’t care about any of the characters. I kept confusing all the bachelors for the first half of the book, was irritated with the women throughout and never got vested in any of them.

Would I recommend it? No, but I’d still recommend the author. I need to take a bit of a Spark break and read a few other books that have been piling up, (Why do all the inter-library loans come in at once?) but I’ll be back to read her other books for certain.


2 comments on “The Bachelors by Muriel Spark

  1. Simon T says:

    I’m delighted that someone read this, as it means there’s only one Spark novel left which nobody has yet reviewed (The Mandelbaum Gate) but I’m sorry it didn’t work for you. I want to read it, because it comes in a stream of some of her best work, but I think I need a bit of a Spark break too, before I tackle it! Too many similar characters always confuse me, so I’ll make sure I’m paying a lot of attention when I do try it…

    • Jessie says:

      Wow, only one left unreviewed?! Impressive! Hope you have better luck with this one. I’ve a four month old at the moment and most of my reading is done in tiny snippets all day long while feeding and rocking her so paying a lot of attention to a confusing book is a little hard for me right now!

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