2012: 64. The Driver's Seat

"'And the material doesn't stain,' the salesgirl says."

The Driver's Seat, Muriel Spark

      Well, this is quite a book.  I read it as apart of a Spark omnibus - the same one that had The Girls of Slender Means - and had no idea what it was about.  It was just the next one in the book.  Part of me wants to stop there, so you too could just stumble upon this book one day and be shocked and baffled by what's going on.   So, if you want, stop now and go read it.

       But, of course, that is not the nature of book reviews, so here is the part where I dish.  The book is about a sort of unpleasant woman named Lise who is planning and then goes on a European holiday.  She is seeking someone or something, and what we realize, eventually, is that what she is seeking is her own annihilation.  In other words, she is trying to get herself murdered.  And its written so starkly (one review I saw said "so stark as to be nightmarish") and by the time you figure out what's going on you can't turn away.  

      So it's been months since I read this (I am, as always, way behind on the blog) and I'm still not sure how I feel about this one.  It's Spark, so the writing is divine and needle sharp, and obviously she is trying to creep us out.  But, lord does she succeed. I'm not sure I'd of read it if I knew what it was about - but I don't regret reading it, as it was like almost nothing I'd read before (it does kind of remind me of certain DuMaurier or maybe Rendell).  If you like disturbing books you'll certainly like this.

Categories:  Fiction, Library Book

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