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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Welcome Rain Publishers (November 29, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1566492262
  • ISBN-13: 978-1566492263
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,741,911 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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''Takes the breath away . . . Pure adventure . . . Suspense as artfully maintained as anything by Graham Greene.'' --New Republic

''[Narrator- Davidson] achieve[s] successful transitions through deliberate pauses and changes of voice. Thus, we're able to follow the many tangents the author uses to enrich the story and our listening pleasure.'' --AudioFile

''English-accented Frederick Davidson turns in a memorable performance.'' --Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

MURIEL SPARK (1918-2006), was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is the author of over twenty novels as well as critical biographies, radio plays, children's books, poetry, and short-story collections. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1993 and Commendeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1996. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Edward J. Doran on April 27, 2010
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This novel is one of Spark's best. I first read it as a teenager and couldn't put it down. It takes place amidst the political turmoil of the Middle East in the early 1960s and the trial of Adolph Eichmann in Jerusalem. It is filled with intrigue and with almost too many things happening as Barbara Vaughan, an English spinster of partly Jewish heritage, travels to the Holy Land to be with her boyfriend, an archaeologist working in Jordan on the Dead Sea Scrolls. Crossing from Israel to Jordan she is mistaken for a spy and must go undercover as a muslim woman covered from head to toe. Check out the original review by Malcolm Bradbury in the New Yorker for more details.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catspec on January 6, 2015
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Muriel Spark is a gem. Although I don't love all of her work, this is one that I do love. Still timely, although the gate is now not a crossing, and unfortunately things have probably gotten worse, the story resonates with the problems of the region just as it did when written. Perhaps a bit too much for some readers, this is not a light weight travel novel, nor a sentimental novel of love and barriers to love. It is a novel of religious feeling, political intrigue, and personal choices that was absorbing back when I first read it years ago, and last month when I bought and read the Kindle edition. I highly recommend it for thoughtful readers.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Lorelie on January 2, 2014
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Muriel Spark can be a little too sardonically mean for my taste, but in this novel her characters are treated more gently than usual, in spite of the backdrop of Israel and Jordan, Jews and Arabs. I found it very funny, actually laughing out loud sometimes. All the characters are vibrant and get themselves into all sorts of scrapes. At first, the character Freddy, with his bread and butter poems, can be a bit hard to take, but stick with it. Freddy and his circle of contacts and predicaments will grow on you quickly.
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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful By carol h. dedov on March 23, 2014
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The book did not grab my attention. I haven't gotten very far into it, even though I've had it for a long time.
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9 of 36 people found the following review helpful By "susanjb" on January 22, 2002
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I picked this book up when I ran out of reading material over the holidays. It looked great from the book cover (but you know what they say . . .) I found it to be a tedious book, very long and somewhat dull. Worst of all, when the "weird part" takes over -- it is very hard to follow. Impossible to understand what actually befell the primary male character. I can't recommend it unless you get it for free and have lots of time on your hands.
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More About the Author

Muriel Spark (1918-2006) was a prolific Scottish novelist, short story writer, and poet whose darkly comedic voice made her one of the most distinctive writers of the twentieth century. Spark grew up in Edinburgh and worked as a department store secretary, writer for trade magazines, and literary editor before publishing her first novel in 1957. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), considered her masterpiece, was made into a stage play, a TV series, and a film. Spark became a Dame of the British Empire in 1993.