The Ballad of Peckham Rye by Muriel Spark audiobook

The Ballad of Peckham Rye

By Muriel Spark
Read by Wanda McCaddon

Blackstone Publishing, Blackstone Publishing
4.06 Hours Unabridged
Format: CD (In Stock)
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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 (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. 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 V. R. Druce, unsuspecting managing director. This is Dame Muriel Spark at her most devilishly piquant.

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Summary

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. 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 V. R. Druce, unsuspecting managing director.

This is Dame Muriel Spark at her most devilishly piquant.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“We are never out of touch, in a Spark novel, with the happiness of creation; the sudden willful largesse of magic and wit, the cunning tautness of suspense.” John Updike, the New Yorker
“Not only funny but startlingly original, the legendary character of Dougal Douglas…may not have been boasting when he referred so blithely to his association with the devil.” Washington Post
“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 1960 satire captivates the residents of Peckham, a small London suburb…Witty and quite perfect in its construction, this light and mock-folkloric novel is the work of an inspired satirist.” Publishers Weekly
“A wickedly funny novel.” Library Journal

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Author Bio: Muriel Spark

Author Bio: Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark (1918–2006) was born in Edinburgh, Scotland. She was the author of over twenty novels, including The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie, as well as critical biographies, radio plays, children’s books, poetry, and short-story collections. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1993 and a Commandeur des Arts et des Lettres in 1996.

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Available Formats : CD
Category: Fiction
Runtime: 4.06
Audience: Adult
Language: English