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Download The Ballad of Peckham Rye doc ì 143 pages Ü 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 aka Douglas Dougal to do human research into the private lives of its workforce they are in no way prepared for the maHis association with the devil In fact this Music Man of the thoroughly modern corporation changes the lives of all the eccentric characters he meets from Miss Merle Coverdale head of the typing pool to VR Druce unsuspecting Managing Directo Muriel Spark on good form as characters show weakness judgement envy and concern with class love work and loneliness all thrown inPost war Peckham is alive with employment and opportunity and gossip at the factories and shops The opportunity for some is limited through social standing but for others commercial pressures and a background in research offer our central character Dougal Douglas chances and influenceAs Dougal gets to know Peckham its companies and people the story unfolds Can he help some; can he offer others new beginnings and why do some people dislike him?Muriel Sparks sharp eye prose brings a enjoyable yet waspish story together over 140 pages My edition is one of the lovely Spark Centenary edition published by Polygon in 2018 to mark her birth

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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 aka Douglas Dougal to do human research into the private lives of its workforce the Muriel Sparks playfully takes on the Mephistopheles' theme A devilish sexually attractive young man who enjoys getting people to feel the bumps on his forehead where his horns were surgically removed creates mayhem in a small working class community in Peckham south London It begins with a groom at the altar telling the priest no he will not accept the bride as his lawful wedded wife The narrative then jumps backwards to provide explanations how he arrived at this maverick decision This is probably her most bonkers novel I suspect she had a lot of fun writing it sped through it but didn't perhaps spend much effort thinking it through Superficially it's uite enjoyable but it lacked depth for me It doesn't ultimately add up to much That said there are plenty of fabulous observations and as usual I was impressed by how effortlessly and trenchantly Sparks takes command of her subjects As writing it's often terrific; as a novel though a bit lame 35 stars

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The Ballad of Peckham RyeY are in no way prepared for the mayhem mutiny and murder he will stir up Not only funny but startlingly original declared The Washington Post the legendary character of Dougal Douglasmay not have been boasting when he referred so blithely to Though this is sharp social satire I don’t think it will stick with me long A trickstershapeshifter perhapscon mandevil? knowing Spark that’s very likelyPan figure comes to town and chaoschanges ensue Would these things have happened anyway? Maybe not; but maybe so as Spark is clear in her belief that evil is always afoot that as we see through the character of the gray haired pontificating Nelly we must be vigilant against lies and deceit Are the forthright characters the ones who dislike the charlatan who see through him? Not necessarily