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Dame Lettie, a blue-blooded reformer, Godfrey - her rather irritating brother, and his once fabulous novelist wife Charmian. But who is the caller? And why are they reminding them of this final truth? It's unsettling and mysterious. The activity increases and soon a witch-hunt is in full force, with nobody beyond suspicion.

First published in 1959, Muriel Spark's startling and timeless novel is at once a crime story, a black comedy and an important meditation on mortality. Rediscover this classic as performed by Eve Karpf on the 100th anniversary of Muriel Spark's birth.

©1953 Muriel Spark (P)2013 Canongate Books Ltd

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Entertaining and just so true

Anyone over 70, or people dealing a lot with people over 70 will enjoy this. It's of a different era, but so are people over 70. The writing is crisp and observant. Stunningly knowing.

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  • M. J. Walsh
  • 22-06-2020

A darkly comic triumph

This richly inventive, darkly comic masterpiece is here enhanced by an exemplary reading to become an audio book that is exceptional.

Muriel Spark's agile survey of a group of loosely linked elderly characters, now about to confront life's last curtain, is both wickedly funny and shot through with a subtle melancholy. It celebrates life, faces the prospect of death and beguiles us with a gripping story about both.

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  • Alice
  • 09-09-2015

Disappointing story, one performance.

What made the experience of listening to Memento Mori the most enjoyable?

The performance was the saving grace of this listen - luckily each character was distinguishable.

Would you be willing to try another book from Muriel Spark? Why or why not?

I usually very much enjoy Spark. However, this was not quite what I was expecting - I felt it was never really resolved.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

I could have left this book without finishing it.

Any additional comments?

Perhaps it requires a second listen.

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  • G. Roberts
  • 05-03-2019

A brilliant novel, a brilliant reading

A superb reading by Eve Karpf of one of Muriel Spark’s best novels. Her repertoire of voices helps the story bubble along with wit and drama. The strangeness, humour and slightly unsettling quality of the book is captured perfectly.

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  • Suz
  • 04-08-2013

What a delight!

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Very trenchant. It went all to quickly, would have loved to read/listen on and on..

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