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ballad of Peckham Rye.

Muriel Spark

ballad of Peckham Rye.

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Published by Macmillan in New York .
Written in English


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A novel.

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Pagination201 p.
Number of Pages201
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL13581076M
OCLC/WorldCa14644204

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THE BALLAD OF PECKHAM RYE lacks the sympathetic, possibly autobiographical central character found in many Spark novels (THE COMFORTERS, THE BACHELORS, etc.); however, it doens't fall into the black hole that swallows THE DRIVER'S SEAT or other works consumed by Spark's sense of evil.4/5(27).

The Ballad of Peckham Rye is a comedy and its absurdities are well observed, Spark’s comedy isn’t always comfortable however. The Peckham Rye of Spark’s novel like her London boroughs in The Bachelors have a very sixties feel to it. The world of employment is changing – and Dougal Douglas takes advantage of that/5.

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Muriel Spark () is the author of dozens of novels including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, Memento Mori, A Far Cry from Kensington, The Girls of Slender Means, The Ballad of Peckham Rye, The Driver s Seat, Not to Disturb, and many more.

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The Ballad of Peckham Rye. Touched with a Satanic glamour and a manner so disarming that grown men dissolve in tears at his slightest provocation, the Pied Piper of Spark's charming satire captivates the residents of Peckham, a small London suburb. Dougal Douglas is, like Spark (The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie), a Scot.

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Slight lean to the book. Light fading to the spine and spine edges. The contents are clean. The unclipped dust jacket is bright and. The ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark; 15 editions; First published in ; Subjects: Fiction, Good and evil, Satanism, Suburban life.

The Ballad of Peckham Rye is a comedy and its absurdities are well observed, Spark’s comedy isn’t always comfortable however. The Peckham Rye of Spark’s novel like her London boroughs in The Bachelors have a very sixties feel to it. The world of employment is changing – and Dougal Douglas takes advantage of that/5(20).

The Ballad of Peckham Rye Summary. The main focus of the satire of The Ballad of Peckham Rye is the ridiculous nature of class-consciousness.

The novel is filled with characters who think that they are better than the rest in some way. Beauty, for instance, believes that she is better than the other girls of Peckham.

book review - The Ballad of Peckham Rye On the face of it this is a story of what happens when a bit of devilry enters the lives of ordinary people. But Muriel Spark is also using this often humorous book to tackle other : Simon Quicke.

"The Ballad of Peckham Rye is the wickedly farcical fable of a blue-collar town turned upside down. When the firm of Meadows, Meade & Grindley hires Dougal Douglas (a.k.a. Douglas Dougal) to do "human research" into the private lives of its workforce, they are in no way prepared for the mayhem, mutiny, and murder he will stir up.

Last year's Memento Mori found some delighted readers — and some indifferent ones — but this current work settles for another view of the ""awful"" young men. It is very much kin to The Upward Glide by Ian Jeffries (Harper — see P.

) for its hero (?), like John Craig, has a ""high fragility index"" and a degree, comes from arts to industry, and is involved in organizational. The Ballad of Peckham Rye. Author(s): Strange things begin to happen as Dougal exerts an uncanny influence on the inhabitants of Peckham Rye and brings lies, tears, blackmail and even murder into the lives of all he meets, from Miss Merle Coverdale, head of the typing pool, to Beauty, the resident femme fatale, and even Mr Druce, the.

The Ballad of Peckham Rye is the wickedly farcical fable of a blue-collar town turned upside down. When the firm of Meadows, Meade & Grindley hires Dougal Douglas (a.k.a. Douglas Dougal) to do "human research" into the private lives of its workforce, they are in no way prepared for the mayhem, mutiny, and murder he will stir up.

Muriel Spark - The Ballad of Peckham Rye. ‘I’ll come,’ Dougal said. ‘I can’t take you,’ the policeman said.4/5(32). The Ballad of Peckham Rye opens with the aforementioned jilting by Humphrey Place of his bride Dixie at the altar with the immortal phrase “No, to be quite frank, I won’t”.

His decision is widely ascribed to his friendship with Dougal Douglas, the novel’s central character. Spark then goes back to the point when Dougal arrives, apparently from out of the blue, in Peckham. Get this from a library.

The ballad of Peckham Rye. [Muriel Spark] -- A man of devilish charm and enterprising spirit, Dougal Douglas is employed to revitalize the ailing firm of Meadows, Meade & Grindley.

He succeeds, but not quite in the way his employer intended. The Ballad of Peckham Rye By Muriel Spark fresh comic style does not appear every day, and that is what Muriel Spark has developed in this expert fantasy. No one is going to read any subtle meanings into her tale of office workers bewitched by a.

The Ballad of Peckham Rye is centred, indeed, in Peckham Rye – and concerns the arrival and influence of one Dougal Douglas (sometimes going by the name of Douglas Dougal.) The novel opens with the aftermath of a bride being jilted at the altar – indeed, with the bride’s mother insulting the jilting groom.Home / The Ballad of Peckham Rye.

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