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    Muriel Spark
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    Viking; 1St Edition edition (2000)
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Aiding and Abetting is a novel by Muriel Spark published in 2000, six years before her death.

Aiding and Abetting is a novel by Muriel Spark published in 2000, six years before her death. Unlike her other novels, it is based partly on a documented occurrence; however, as the author states in a note, she takes liberties with the facts. The central figure, Hildegarde Wolf, is a fraudulent psychiatrist, née Beate Pappenheim, working in Paris.

Also by Muriel Spark. However, the police had one very strongly felt complaint: the missing Earl had been aided and abetted in his movements subsequent to the murder. His upper-class friends, said the police, had helped the suspect to get away and cover his tracks. They mocked the police, they stonewalled the enquiries.

It says in all the books about him that he ate just that and only that, Jean-Pierre said. If you prepared the meal he would of course eat it eagerly, she said

It says in all the books about him that he ate just that and only that, Jean-Pierre said. If you prepared the meal he would of course eat it eagerly, she said. Jean-Pierre was indeed a good cook and sometimes made their dinner on the nights-off of their two au pair young men. Which one should we invite, Lucan I or Lucan II? said Hildegard. Lucan II alias Lucky. That’s what I’ll do. Invite Lucky and give him smoked salmon and lamb chops. That diet of his was a detail reported in all the books and articles about him. It would be of some interest to see how he reacts.

Aiding and Abetting book. Exhibiting Muriel Spark’s boundless imagination and biting wit, Aiding and Abetting is a brisk, clever, and deliciously entertaining tale by one of Britain’s greatest living novelists.

It’s an independent entity of central Africa, slightly north of the Equator. But certainly they wouldn’t have any witchery and magic there, I imagine, ventured Jean-Pierre know something. My grandfather Delihu is still a paramount head man. My uncle was a voodoo chap, he died. He was definitely what you would call in your terms a witch doctor. He performed great good, especially with rites and totems and herbs and of course the terror of beliefs. Beliefs are essential

Aiding and Abetting by Muriel Spark Anchor Books (2002) Originally published in 2000 166 pp. Until finishing Aiding and Abetting, the only books by Sparks I’d read were written in the 1960s and 1970s.

Aiding and Abetting by Muriel Spark Anchor Books (2002) Originally published in 2000 166 pp. Until finishing Aiding and Abetting, the only books by Sparks I’d read were written in the 1960s and 1970s, giving me only a limited perspective on her novel-writing career, which lasted almost a half century, from 1957’s The Comforters to 2004’s The Finishing School, which was published just two years before she died at the age of. 88 in 2006

Muriel Spark, one of Britain's greatest living novelists, returns to the literary stage with her most wickedly amusing and subversive novel in years, a savagely witty tale of murder and escape based on the notorious real-life case of Lord Lucan. A dissolute member of the British aristocracy, "Lucky" Lucan has been missing since he accidentally murdered his children's nanny in an abortive attempt on his wife's life.

Dame Muriel's 21st novel adds to the stock of urban myths surrounding the whereabouts of Lord Lucan. Ambiguous and even perverse though her scenario proves to be, 82-year old Spark's smartly turned out prose still retains its distinctive bite. Hildegard Wolf is a German psychiatrist practicing in Paris. She lives a comfortable life: two gay men service her domestic needs, while a French boyfriend sees to the rest.

Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh in 1918.

The Collected Muriel Spark Novels. Muriel Spark was born in Edinburgh in 1918. A poet, essayist, biographer and novelist, she won much international praise, including being twice shortlisted for the Booker Prize. The Times placed her eighth in its list of the Fifty Greatest British Writers Since 1945. She died in Tuscany in 2006. Close X. Learn about new offers and get more deals by joining our newsletter.

there are some uproarious jokes in this novel, but they are few and far between. the rest is a furious but empty chase, for money and protection which has the merit of speed alone. it begins and then it is over. the main characters are motivated by selfishness and greed. there is nothing likable here. and as a meditation on faith, the aptness of false-healers, idiot lying priests, and medicine-magic, the novel is disgusting and shallow.
I have long been a fan of Muriel Spark's, truly enjoying her humor and style. I liked her autobiography as well. But this book is a great disappointment. The characters are shallow: in particular, Dr. Wolf is cardboard and scarcely believable. There is a certain sense of haste: events are barely sketched, and it is all quickly brought to a conclusion, without going into any detail. A very thin book indeed, which would probably have received much less attention if the author did not have such a reputation.
I enjoyed the unusual mysteries of this book. It reminded me more of PG Wodehouse style of writing than some of Muriel Spark's other works, in that it is a bit farcical and mostly fun in spite of the gruesome killing. It also gives an interesting picture of the collapsing aristocracy in the mid-20th century. Overall it was a fun read for wit and unusual themes and fun ironies.
Aiding and Abetting represents my first introduction to Spark's work outside of film, and it will definitely not be the last, at least as long as I can afford to add her titles to my personal library. Dr. Hildegard Wolf is one of the most unique protagonists in modern fiction. Her entanglement with the possible Lord Lucan, based on the real life case, and the possible imposter Walker, though derivative, is actually a study of social pretence, and how the web of our inter-connecting selves can make getting at the truth of the self not only elusive, but nearly impossible, even with skillful back stories offering the reader hints and insinuations. Even when it comes to who we love, as with the supporting character Jean-Pierre, who seems devoted to the Hildegard in her current incarnation, there are some uneasy shadings surrounding the authenticity of that attachment.

The novel's end carries a bit of the good fun fantastical that has a long tradition in the history of English letters, but allowing for that little twist, Spark's work is a brilliant study that rivals the like of Waugh or Forster.
I am a big Muriel Spark fan and I know her characters can be a bit quirky and the conversation a little surreal. That said, this was TOO much that way. It came off as stilted. The main characters were shallow and (as I saw noted in other reviews) the book was somewhat repetitive. I did stick with it to the end, but only because it was pretty short and didn't take much time. I am a Brit and was a teenager at the time of this crime, so I do remember it and also remember the "upper class" entitlement thing that was in its last throes in the 70s. Still - just a so-so read and not up to this author's usual standard.
This was a very quick read and very enjoyable. Made my plane ride fly bye. Pun partially intended. Well written and structured, it never loses your interest at any point. I definitely recommend this book to just about anyone.
This book by Ms. Muriel Spark, "Aiding And Abetting", deals with a crime committed in 1974 and a perpetrator that is known, but still unaccounted for. The crime itself is true and the book is a study of what might have or could have happened in the last 27 years. It is entirely possible that the criminal could read this book, as he would be only 66 years old at the time of publication.
Having no prior knowledge with the event it was difficult to be absorbed in the actual crime. For those who remember it I would imagine the experience of reading this book would be all the more interesting. I enjoyed it, but had I been acquainted with the event before, I believe I would have enjoyed it more. I imagine that many of the players in the book represented real or referred to persons presumed to be involved, but again not knowing the original players and their involvement this aspect was not readily apparent. The Author also chose to run a parallel story about another criminal, which seemed to make the events even more improbable. This is a very brief book and the number of characters was a bit overwhelming.
What is very clear is the condemnation the Author continually points out about the supposed privileged persons of England, and their absurd sense of their self and their place in the world. This is not tabloid nonsense rather a very biting commentary on how this man most likely was able to flee the scene, and how to this day he is seen as something other than a person who should be hung until quite dead. Even the next generation who affects being appalled at their previous generation's behavior really is in search of an interview with the criminal and not an arrest. Ms. Spark takes this to every level of the upper classes and involves the Church as well. These persons who act as though they live in the 18th Century is morbidly demonstrated by their suggesting the lower classes are likely to bleed more than their aristocratic counterparts.
The suggested story is brought to an end that is a bit too neat and predictable. It is a sort of, turnabout is fair play, event and was not as satisfying as I wished it were. The book is well written by a woman who is in the 9th decade of her life and is still producing quality work far above most contemporary writers.