A Writer’s Life
it is Muriel Spark’s Jewish-Scottish inheritance and upbringing that makes her the moralist she is. When she steps back and says, this is what you have done with your life, this is how you have denied God, this is how you are cursed; then the message, if not the tone, is that of an Old Testament prophet or Calvinist preacher. It is her Jewish-Scottish heritage that allows her to combine a sense of the moral responsibility of action with the determinism that says, “What you have done has unavoidably, unalterably shaped your life.”1
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