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The Girls of Slender Means
by Muriel Spark | Literature & Fiction
Registered by DubaiReader of Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates on 6/16/2015
Average 6 star rating by BookCrossing Members 

status (set by Cassiopaeia): travelling


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6 journalers for this copy...

Journal Entry 1 by DubaiReader from Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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From Amazon:
'Long ago in 1945 all the nice people in England were poor, allowing for exceptions'.

In the May of Teck Club - a London hostel 'three times window shattered since 1940 but never directly hit' - the young lady residents do their best to act as if the war never happened. They practice elocution, and jostle one another over suitors and a single Schiaparelli gown. But behind the girls' giddy literary and amorous peregrinations they hide some tragically painful secrets and wounds.'You girls are my vocation . . . I am dedicated to you in my prime' 


Journal Entry 2 by DubaiReader at Dubai, Dubai United Arab Emirates on Tuesday, June 16, 2015

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Another duplicate book looking for a new home.

Yay! This book has been chosen by Nakipa and is now on its way to Portugal, to join a new set of friends on new book shelves. But it won't be lonely because it is travelling with a friend :)

I hope you enjoy the books Nakipa.
(Sorry, I couldn't find the correct book covers for either book, but if you find them and want me to correct it I'm happy to do so) 


Journal Entry 3 by Nakipa at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Wednesday, July 01, 2015

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And the books arrived today. Thank you so much DubaiReader for sending this duo my way! :D 


Journal Entry 4 by Nakipa at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, April 21, 2016

7 out of 10

Muriel Sparks books I read so far revolve around women, women of the people, flawed women, women in groups. I liked this story, it made me go to a time where war was raging and people still found the time to think about stockings and dresses. 


Journal Entry 5 by Nakipa at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Thursday, April 21, 2016

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Released 2 yrs ago (4/21/2016 UTC) at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal

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This book is going to The Netherlands as part of the wishlist tag game. I hope you enjoy! 


Journal Entry 6 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Saturday, April 30, 2016

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This book has arrived safely in my mailbox today.
Thank you very much for sending, Nakipa! I look forward to reading it 😀 


Journal Entry 7 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Wednesday, April 26, 2017

7 out of 10

A nice little book.
Interesting to read about the period so short after WWII. Despite English is not my native language, I still feel a bit of humor or exaggeration here and there.
A bunch of girls and women living together is always ibteresting: different characters, attitudes, interests. When additionally there's men involved... The interactions get even more interesting, without being explicit or vulgar.  


Journal Entry 8 by wingBoekentrolwing at Leeuwarden, Fryslân (Friesland) Netherlands on Monday, June 19, 2017

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Reserved to ve taken to Cadtricum voor MMMaartje.  


Journal Entry 9 by MMMaartje at Ijsselstein, Utrecht Netherlands on Monday, July 03, 2017

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Thanks for bringing this to Castricum for me, Boekentrol! :) 


Journal Entry 10 by MMMaartje at Ijsselstein, Utrecht Netherlands on Monday, August 21, 2017

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I ended up with 2 copies of this one, so it can move on! 


Journal Entry 11 by MMMaartje at Ijsselstein, Utrecht Netherlands on Wednesday, August 23, 2017

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Released 11 mos ago (8/23/2017 UTC) at Ijsselstein, Utrecht Netherlands

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Sending this to 4-evagreen in the UK! Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 12 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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Book arrived safely I look forward to reading it. Thanks for sharing! 


Journal Entry 13 by 4evagreen at Furness Vale, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Tuesday, January 30, 2018

5 out of 10

On the whole I found this well written but some the abrupt shifts in tense were a little confusing at times and I struggled to see the relevance of many of the verses Spark quotes throughout. However, it is really only a novella. This has the effect that the 'Slender' of the title seemingly has three very differing meanings. Not only are the girls relatively poor but also it is only the thinner girls who easily escape the demise of the girls and obviously the story itself is relatively brief. If you have not read Muriel Spark's works before then this is as good a place as any to start.  


Journal Entry 14 by 4evagreen at Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire United Kingdom on Monday, March 19, 2018

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Released 4 mos ago (3/19/2018 UTC) at Whaley Bridge, Derbyshire United Kingdom

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Going out as part of a swap. Enjoy! 


Journal Entry 15 by wingCassiopaeiawing at Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Tuesday, March 20, 2018

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Thank you 4evagreen, arrived in today’s post. What a well travelled book, looking forward to reading it.  


Journal Entry 16 by wingCassiopaeiawing at Cardiff, Wales United Kingdom on Friday, May 18, 2018

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I really enjoyed this quirky little book by Muriel Spark. I loved the juxtaposition of the seeming frivolity of the house full girls of ‘slender means’ and the tragedy that changes everything in a very short time.  


Journal Entry 17 by wingCassiopaeiawing at TrekLarapinta Camp in Ormiston Gorge, Northern Territory Australia on Friday, May 18, 2018

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Released 3 mos ago (5/16/2018 UTC) at TrekLarapinta Camp in Ormiston Gorge, Northern Territory Australia

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Left at the camp bookshelf for someone else to enjoy. Also helps to lighten my luggage just a little!
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