A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark

By Muriel Spark

Set at the crazier fringes of Fifties literary London, a much Cry from Kensington is a satisfaction, hilariously portraying love, fraud, dying, evil, and transformation.

Mrs. Hawkins, the majestic narrator of a miles Cry from Kensington, takes us good in hand, and leads us again to her threadbare years in postwar London. There, as a fats and lots more and plenty well-known younger warfare widow, she spent her days operating for a mad, near-bankrupt writer (of first-class books) and her nights allotting suggestion at her small South Kensington rooming-house. At paintings and at domestic Mrs. Hawkins quickly exposed evil: shady literary doings and a perilous enemy; nameless letters, blackmail, and suicide. With aplomb, although, Mrs. Hawkins optimistically set approximately placing issues to reserve, little imagining the mayhem which might happen.

Now a long time older, skinny, winning, and overjoyed with existence in Italy -- fairly a much cry from Kensington -- Mrs. Hawkins appears to be like again to all these darkish doings, and recounts how her personal existence replaced without end. She nonetheless, notwithstanding, likes to provide suggestion: "It's effortless to get skinny. You devour and drink just like regularly, in basic terms half....I supply this recommendation with out expense; it's incorporated within the expense of this book."

A a long way Cry from Kensington has been hailed as "outstanding" (Observer), "wickedly and adroitly executed" (New York Times), and "a comedy that holds a tragedy as an eggcup holds an egg" (Philadelphia Inquirer).

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