Sunday, 13 March 2011

Novella Weekend: Book Five

That injudicious napping earlier means I can't get to sleep now (pah) and so I've finished book five - Not to Disturb by Muriel Spark. Is it my tiredness or Spark herself that made this novella so strange? But unmistakably Sparkesque - which, in my book, is a good thing. Thank you Deanna for sending me this a couple of months ago - as with the other novellas this weekend, I'll write about it in due course. And now I will go to bed...


  1. I had this lined up for last year's November Novella Challenge, but it was much stranger than I expected and not the right book for the moment so I threw in the towel. I have faith in Muriel Sprak though, so I will go back to it one day.

  2. Hope you ended up having a decent many novellas to go?

  3. I haven't read this one so I can't say if it was sleep or Saprk, I'll look forward to your full thoughts in due course.

    Well done with the weekend by the way, I am just catching up on it all.

  4. Jane - I still haven't got my head around it - the strangeness came from the bizarre plotting structure as much as anything. I need to find someone who has blogged about it...

    Darlene - it all rather crumbled on the second day, as I will explain later! I got about a third of the way through another book... that's all. Oops.

    Simon - the first day was fun! Maybe I'll just do novella days in the future.

  5. I read this novel last year, along with a number of other books by Spark, and I have to say that Not to Disturb was not my favorite. I enjoy it, as I enjoy everything by her, but it just didn't grab me as some of her other books have.


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