All the Stories of Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark. The First Year Of My Life I was born on the first day of the second
month of the last year of the First World War , a Friday . Testimony abounds that
during the first year of my life I never smiled . I was known as the baby whom ...

Author: Muriel Spark

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811214940

Category: Fiction

Page: 398

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Four brand new tales are now added to New Directions' original 1997 cloth edition of Open to the Public. This new and complete paperback edition now contains every one of her forty-one marvelous stories, catnip for all Spark fans. All the Stories of Muriel Spark spans Dame Muriel Spark's entire career to date and displays all her signature stealth, originality, beauty, elegance, wit, and shock value.No writer commands so exhilarating a styleplayful and rigorous, cheerful and venomous, hilariously acute and coolly supernatural. Ranging from South Africa to the West End, her dazzling stories feature hanging judges, fortune-tellers, shy girls, psychiatrists, dress designers, pensive ghosts, imaginary chauffeurs, and persistent guests. Regarding one story ("The Portobello Road"), Stephen Schiff said in The New Yorker: "Muriel Spark has written some of the best sentences in English. For instance: 'He looked as if he would murder me, and he did.' It's a nasty piece of work, that sentence."

Muriel Spark

of much of [Spark's] fictional speculation and the stuff of her stories" (Bradbury
271). But I find little justification for this within the novels themselves. Unlike those
of her contemporaries, such as Iris Murdoch or Graham Greene, Spark's novels
do ...

Author: David Herman

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801895537

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 241

View: 565

"A substantial addition to Spark criticism, of which there has been surprisingly little published in recent years."--Aileen Christianson, University of Edinburgh --Book Jacket.

All the Poems of Muriel Spark

Muriel Spark. And filament from ligament were parted When in there came a roll
of bandages And a little bottle of disinfectant To bind them up on narrow benches
. And the third day they turned again , And they had hacked them bone from ...

Author: Muriel Spark

Publisher: New Directions Publishing

ISBN: 9780811215763

Category: Poetry

Page: 130

View: 523

A collection of the author's poems covers such topics as European cities and the literary world.

The Spark

... store shelves throughout the world . But fresh foods , crisp greens , lean meats ,
and nouveau cuisine are a lot more expensive — and a lot less convenient .
There is a certain snobbery associated with your eating arugula 43 Why the
Spark ?

Author: Glenn A. Gaesser

Publisher: Rodale

ISBN: 9781579545116

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 400

View: 342

The spark: a revolutionary new plan to get fit and lose weight 10 minutes at a time.

Muriel Spark

40 'NOTE FROM MURIEL SPARK' sent to Stannard, June 2004. 41 See TNI [
Ober internal memo], 18 November 1966, von Auw to Claire Smith; PUL. 42 See
ALS, 11 February 1967, Spark to von Auw, from Hotel Raphael [Piazza di Tor ...

Author: Martin Stannard

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 0297857789

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 600

View: 728

The long-awaited biography of one of the great writers of the twentieth century - 'a wonderful blend of scholarly fact and juicy storytelling' (Mail on Sunday). Muriel Spark ended was one of the great writers of the twentieth century. Hers is a Cinderella story, the first thirty-nine years of which she presented in her autobiography, Curriculum Vitae (1992), politely blurring the intensity of her darker moments: her relations with her brother, mother, son, husband; a terrifying period of hallucinations and subsequent depression; and the disastrously misplaced love she had felt for two men she had wanted to marry, Howard Sergeant and Derek Stanford. Aged nineteen, Spark left Scotland to marry in Southern Rhodesia, escaping back to Britain on a troopship in 1944 after her divorce. Her son returned in 1945 to be brought up by her parents in Edinburgh while she established herself as a poet and critic in London. After becoming a Roman Catholic in 1954, she began a novel, The Comforters, and with Memento Mori, The Ballad of Peckham Rye and The Bachelors rose rapidly into the literary stratosphere. The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1961), with its adaptation into a successful stage-play and film, marked her full translation into international celebrity and from that point she went to live first in New York, then Rome, and finally Tuscany where for over thirty years, until her death in 2006, she shared a house with her companion, the artist Penelope Jardine.

Kindling the Spark

Author: Joanne Haroutounian

Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand

ISBN: 9780195156386

Category: Music

Page: 366

View: 772

In 'Rekindling the Spark', Haroutounian offers a concise synthesis of the research and resources on musical talent - what it is, how to identify and recognize it, and how to nurture and develop it. Exercises throughout the book offer parents and teachers activities to do with children that are useful in spotting and developing musical potential.

Pro Spark Streaming

Concise API: Spark is implemented using Scala, which also underpins its default
API. The functional abstracts of Scala naturally fit RDD transforms, such as map,
groupBy, filter, and so on. In addition, the use of anonymous functions (or ...

Author: Zubair Nabi

Publisher: Apress

ISBN: 148421479X

Category: Computers

Page: 230

View: 791

Learn the right cutting-edge skills and knowledge to leverage Spark Streaming to implement a wide array of real-time, streaming applications. This book walks you through end-to-end real-time application development using real-world applications, data, and code. Taking an application-first approach, each chapter introduces use cases from a specific industry and uses publicly available datasets from that domain to unravel the intricacies of production-grade design and implementation. The domains covered in Pro Spark Streaming include social media, the sharing economy, finance, online advertising, telecommunication, and IoT. In the last few years, Spark has become synonymous with big data processing. DStreams enhance the underlying Spark processing engine to support streaming analysis with a novel micro-batch processing model. Pro Spark Streaming by Zubair Nabi will enable you to become a specialist of latency sensitive applications by leveraging the key features of DStreams, micro-batch processing, and functional programming. To this end, the book includes ready-to-deploy examples and actual code. Pro Spark Streaming will act as the bible of Spark Streaming. What You'll Learn Discover Spark Streaming application development and best practices Work with the low-level details of discretized streams Optimize production-grade deployments of Spark Streaming via configuration recipes and instrumentation using Graphite, collectd, and Nagios Ingest data from disparate sources including MQTT, Flume, Kafka, Twitter, and a custom HTTP receiver Integrate and couple with HBase, Cassandra, and Redis Take advantage of design patterns for side-effects and maintaining state across the Spark Streaming micro-batch model Implement real-time and scalable ETL using data frames, SparkSQL, Hive, and SparkR Use streaming machine learning, predictive analytics, and recommendations Mesh batch processing with stream processing via the Lambda architecture Who This Book Is For Data scientists, big data experts, BI analysts, and data architects.

The Spark

spark. 10-MInute. Workouts. As we said earlier, we love 10-minute workouts.
They're easy to fit in no matter how busy you are, they are great for people just
starting an exercise program, and if you already exercise, they can make a big ...

Author: Chris Downie

Publisher: Hay House, Inc

ISBN: 1401927661

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 229

View: 308

From the experts who created, one of the most successful online weight-loss programs to date, comes The Spark, a ground-breaking book that focuses on what you can do, instead of what you can't do.

Vocation and Identity in the Fiction of Muriel Spark

... leading up and up to an unspecified destination that made unusual demands
on the mind's eye.1 Spark begins by associating a romance formula ( “ Long ago
” ) with the specificity of “ 1945 , ” a year that saw the end of history's most terrible

Author: Rodney Stenning Edgecombe

Publisher: University of Missouri Press

ISBN: 9780826207500

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 165

View: 524

"Selecting novels representative of distinct phases in Muriel Spark's career, Rodney Stenning Edgecombe explores their themes, style, and structure in a detailed way for the first time. Edgecombe's approach brings to life the delicate nuances, rich allusions, and complicated ironies of Spark's fiction. His careful reading of the novels makes this a penetrating assessment of an important writer."--Publishers website.

Apache Spark Graph Processing

Next, download the latest release of Spark from the project website https://spark. Perform the following three steps to get Spark
installed on your computer: 1. Select the package type: Pre-built for Hadoop 2.6
and ...

Author: Rindra Ramamonjison

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1784398950

Category: Computers

Page: 148

View: 709

Build, process and analyze large-scale graph data effectively with Spark About This Book Find solutions for every stage of data processing from loading and transforming graph data to Improve the scalability of your graphs with a variety of real-world applications with complete Scala code. A concise guide to processing large-scale networks with Apache Spark. Who This Book Is For This book is for data scientists and big data developers who want to learn the processing and analyzing graph datasets at scale. Basic programming experience with Scala is assumed. Basic knowledge of Spark is assumed. What You Will Learn Write, build and deploy Spark applications with the Scala Build Tool. Build and analyze large-scale network datasets Analyze and transform graphs using RDD and graph-specific operations Implement new custom graph operations tailored to specific needs. Develop iterative and efficient graph algorithms using message aggregation and Pregel abstraction Extract subgraphs and use it to discover common clusters Analyze graph data and solve various data science problems using real-world datasets. In Detail Apache Spark is the next standard of open-source cluster-computing engine for processing big data. Many practical computing problems concern large graphs, like the Web graph and various social networks. The scale of these graphs - in some cases billions of vertices, trillions of edges - poses challenges to their efficient processing. Apache Spark GraphX API combines the advantages of both data-parallel and graph-parallel systems by efficiently expressing graph computation within the Spark data-parallel framework. This book will teach the user to do graphical programming in Apache Spark, apart from an explanation of the entire process of graphical data analysis. You will journey through the creation of graphs, its uses, its exploration and analysis and finally will also cover the conversion of graph elements into graph structures. This book begins with an introduction of the Spark system, its libraries and the Scala Build Tool. Using a hands-on approach, this book will quickly teach you how to install and leverage Spark interactively on the command line and in a standalone Scala program. Then, it presents all the methods for building Spark graphs using illustrative network datasets. Next, it will walk you through the process of exploring, visualizing and analyzing different network characteristics. This book will also teach you how to transform raw datasets into a usable form. In addition, you will learn powerful operations that can be used to transform graph elements and graph structures. Furthermore, this book also teaches how to create custom graph operations that are tailored for specific needs with efficiency in mind. The later chapters of this book cover more advanced topics such as clustering graphs, implementing graph-parallel iterative algorithms and learning methods from graph data. Style and approach A step-by-step guide that will walk you through the key ideas and techniques for processing big graph data at scale, with practical examples that will ensure an overall understanding of the concepts of Spark.


Do you have a quest for us?” “So impatient, the young.” The woman shook her
head, the firelight casting odd shadows across her face. “I could tell you more, of
pasts and futures, should you linger.” “No time for that,” Spark called. “Sharp-
eared ...

Author: Anthea Sharp

Publisher: Fiddlehead Press

ISBN: 1310196222

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 260

View: 937

*Winner of the 2014 PRISM Award for best YA Fantasy* What if a high-tech computer game was a gateway to the treacherous Realm of Faerie? Superstar gamer Spark Jaxley's life might look easy, but she's part of an elite few who guard a shocking secret; the Realm of Faerie exists, and its dark magic is desperate for a foothold in the mortal world. Aran Cole hacks code and sells his gaming cheats on the black market. It's barely a living, and one he's not proud of. But when he turns his skills to unlocking the secrets behind Feyland—the most exciting and immersive game on the market—he discovers power and magic beyond his wildest dreams. Spark's mission is clear; pull Aran from the clutches of the fey folk and restore the balance between the worlds. But can she risk her life for someone who refuses to be rescued? Kewords: Young Adult Fantasy, Coming-of-age, Fairies, Fairy Tales and Retellings, Celtic Folklore, Science Fantasy, MMO Gaming, Action Adventure, Magic Realms, Cyberpunk, Hackers, Videogames, Teen Romance, litRPG, Gamelit, Warcross, Ready Player One, Caravel, Graceling, Sarah J. Maass

Machine Learning with Spark

As Spark's local mode is fully compatible with the cluster mode, programs written
and tested locally can be run on a cluster with just a few additional steps. The first
step in setting up Spark locally is to download the latest version (at the time of ...

Author: Nick Pentreath

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1783288523

Category: Computers

Page: 338

View: 114

If you are a Scala, Java, or Python developer with an interest in machine learning and data analysis and are eager to learn how to apply common machine learning techniques at scale using the Spark framework, this is the book for you. While it may be useful to have a basic understanding of Spark, no previous experience is required.

Large Scale Machine Learning with Spark

Spark has brought two emerging APIs, Spark MLlib and Spark ML. These APIs
make the machine learning as an actionable insight for engineering big data to
remove the scalability constraint. Built on top of Spark, MLlib is a scalable
machine ...

Author: Md. Rezaul Karim

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1785883712

Category: Computers

Page: 476

View: 138

Discover everything you need to build robust machine learning applications with Spark 2.0 About This Book Get the most up-to-date book on the market that focuses on design, engineering, and scalable solutions in machine learning with Spark 2.0.0 Use Spark's machine learning library in a big data environment You will learn how to develop high-value applications at scale with ease and a develop a personalized design Who This Book Is For This book is for data science engineers and scientists who work with large and complex data sets. You should be familiar with the basics of machine learning concepts, statistics, and computational mathematics. Knowledge of Scala and Java is advisable. What You Will Learn Get solid theoretical understandings of ML algorithms Configure Spark on cluster and cloud infrastructure to develop applications using Scala, Java, Python, and R Scale up ML applications on large cluster or cloud infrastructures Use Spark ML and MLlib to develop ML pipelines with recommendation system, classification, regression, clustering, sentiment analysis, and dimensionality reduction Handle large texts for developing ML applications with strong focus on feature engineering Use Spark Streaming to develop ML applications for real-time streaming Tune ML models with cross-validation, hyperparameters tuning and train split Enhance ML models to make them adaptable for new data in dynamic and incremental environments In Detail Data processing, implementing related algorithms, tuning, scaling up and finally deploying are some crucial steps in the process of optimising any application. Spark is capable of handling large-scale batch and streaming data to figure out when to cache data in memory and processing them up to 100 times faster than Hadoop-based MapReduce. This means predictive analytics can be applied to streaming and batch to develop complete machine learning (ML) applications a lot quicker, making Spark an ideal candidate for large data-intensive applications. This book focuses on design engineering and scalable solutions using ML with Spark. First, you will learn how to install Spark with all new features from the latest Spark 2.0 release. Moving on, you'll explore important concepts such as advanced feature engineering with RDD and Datasets. After studying developing and deploying applications, you will see how to use external libraries with Spark. In summary, you will be able to develop complete and personalised ML applications from data collections,model building, tuning, and scaling up to deploying on a cluster or the cloud. Style and approach This book takes a practical approach where all the topics explained are demonstrated with the help of real-world use cases.

Learning Spark

Packaging a Spark application built with sbt $ sbt assembly # In the target
directory, we'll see an assembly JAR $ ls target/scala-2.10/ my-project-assembly.
jar # Listing the assembly JAR will reveal classes from dependency libraries $ jar
tf ...

Author: Holden Karau

Publisher: "O'Reilly Media, Inc."

ISBN: 144935906X

Category: Computers

Page: 276

View: 178

This book introduces Apache Spark, the open source cluster computing system that makes data analytics fast to write and fast to run. You'll learn how to express parallel jobs with just a few lines of code, and cover applications from simple batch jobs to stream processing and machine learning.--

Scala and Spark for Big Data Analytics

Spark is a lightning fast cluster computing framework and is mainly designed for
fast computations. Spark is based on the Hadoop MapReduce model and uses
MapReduce in more forms and types of computation, such as interactive queries

Author: Md. Rezaul Karim

Publisher: Packt Publishing Ltd

ISBN: 1783550503

Category: Computers

Page: 786

View: 243

Harness the power of Scala to program Spark and analyze tonnes of data in the blink of an eye! About This Book Learn Scala's sophisticated type system that combines Functional Programming and object-oriented concepts Work on a wide array of applications, from simple batch jobs to stream processing and machine learning Explore the most common as well as some complex use-cases to perform large-scale data analysis with Spark Who This Book Is For Anyone who wishes to learn how to perform data analysis by harnessing the power of Spark will find this book extremely useful. No knowledge of Spark or Scala is assumed, although prior programming experience (especially with other JVM languages) will be useful to pick up concepts quicker. What You Will Learn Understand object-oriented & functional programming concepts of Scala In-depth understanding of Scala collection APIs Work with RDD and DataFrame to learn Spark's core abstractions Analysing structured and unstructured data using SparkSQL and GraphX Scalable and fault-tolerant streaming application development using Spark structured streaming Learn machine-learning best practices for classification, regression, dimensionality reduction, and recommendation system to build predictive models with widely used algorithms in Spark MLlib & ML Build clustering models to cluster a vast amount of data Understand tuning, debugging, and monitoring Spark applications Deploy Spark applications on real clusters in Standalone, Mesos, and YARN In Detail Scala has been observing wide adoption over the past few years, especially in the field of data science and analytics. Spark, built on Scala, has gained a lot of recognition and is being used widely in productions. Thus, if you want to leverage the power of Scala and Spark to make sense of big data, this book is for you. The first part introduces you to Scala, helping you understand the object-oriented and functional programming concepts needed for Spark application development. It then moves on to Spark to cover the basic abstractions using RDD and DataFrame. This will help you develop scalable and fault-tolerant streaming applications by analyzing structured and unstructured data using SparkSQL, GraphX, and Spark structured streaming. Finally, the book moves on to some advanced topics, such as monitoring, configuration, debugging, testing, and deployment. You will also learn how to develop Spark applications using SparkR and PySpark APIs, interactive data analytics using Zeppelin, and in-memory data processing with Alluxio. By the end of this book, you will have a thorough understanding of Spark, and you will be able to perform full-stack data analytics with a feel that no amount of data is too big. Style and approach Filled with practical examples and use cases, this book will hot only help you get up and running with Spark, but will also take you farther down the road to becoming a data scientist.


To spark. When God formed Adam out of the earth in the Garden of Pleasure and
breathed life into him, God was inspiring him. When you begin sparking your life,
your life becomes a fire—full of life. Full of God. You were designed to live an ...

Author: Jason Jaggard

Publisher: WaterBrook

ISBN: 030773062X

Category: Religion

Page: 224

View: 715

Develop the Art of Self-Challenge Tired of dreaming about changing your life? Ready to change it? You came to the right place. Jason Jaggard has developed a simple, direct way to practice the art of self-challenge. It requires a willingness to take healthy risks and is energized by the involvement of a small group of fellow risk-takers. Here are just a few of the Spark insights that lead to lasting change: · More resources are available to you than you realize. · Living a changed life works best when a few friends get involved. · When you relearn what “good” is, you experience more goodness in your life. · Taking a healthy risk is always worth it, even if you fail. When you practice the art of self-challenge, you notice that your life and the world around you start changing for the better. It involves doing the one thing that only you can do: take responsibility for your life. So go ahead and take your first risk: open this book and start reading.

Practical Ideas to Spark Up the Year

Grades K-3 Colleen Politano, Kathleen Gregory, Caren Cameron, Joy Paquin.
Voices of Experience Practical Ideas to Spark Up the Year Grades K-3 Colleen
Politano • Joy Paquin Caren Cameron • Kathleen Gregory Portage &Main Press ...

Author: Colleen Politano

Publisher: Portage & Main Press

ISBN: 9781553790303

Category: Education

Page: 65

View: 913

"Each book in the series is organized around four activitiy-based sections: Relationships, Organization, Assessment, and Reliables (R.O.A.R.). The authors show how to build successful and respectful relationships, establish a safe and organized environment, involve students in their own assessment, and use tried-and-true activities (reliables) to keep students engaged in the classroom. The authors' best ideas are presented in two 3-book sets - three for primary teachers and three for intermediate teachers: * Practical Ideas to Start Up the Year: for when you are just getting to know your students * Practical Ideas to Spark Up the Year: for the middle of the year when you need to get yourselves and your students "fired up" * Practical Ideas to Wrap Up the Year: for the end of the year when you are wrapping things up."--Publisher's website (


Matt was trying to focus on keeping his hand over his knee so he could heal it,
but his arm was shaking so bad that the sparks kept missing. Finally, he
succeeded and watched as the bullet popped out and the skin repaired itself.
Next he tried ...

Author: Matthew J. Green

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 1465354328

Category: Fiction

Page: 144

View: 174

In the small town of Elgin, a horrendous storm strikes forever changing the lives of everyone who lives there. A young man is struck by lightning and miraculously survives, left only with three circles on his chest that glow a brilliant blue. Then he discovers that it has done more than scarred him, it has given him powers beyond his wildest dreams! However, a madman hellbent on vengeance for his family is also given the same powers, and the war for survival soon begins...


SPARK. To all the creative, imaginative beings, that read all now, using spark to
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READALLNOW Readallnow is the author of this book of fiction.


Publisher: BookRix

ISBN: 3730978985

Category: Humor

Page: 15

View: 982

Read all now takes you on a journey in the space time event with crew members, us, now, drip, and brain. The future is present which becomes past when the global internet government using AMHA (analytical monitoring of human activity) and bots, with special effects, that try to control the space time event on its journey through portals in the web on the internet. Read all now warns you not to get caught by the AMHA as their message is clear, to keep you and the crew in space time event on the internet forever. Perhaps you can prevent being caught by the AMHA ,by out monitoring the bots on the internet hoping from one widget to another. Read all now gives clues on how to stay clear of AMHA in this book called Spark.


... throughout the book are made real in the example of my own life. One of the
key things about my personality is that. 1. Losing. Your. Spark: So. Here's. What.
Happened. to. Me... Losing Your Spark: So Here's What Happened to Me...

Author: Norah Casey

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0241970091

Category: Self-Help

Page: 320

View: 223

'Speaks to anyone who has hit a bump in the road, taken a wrong turn or simply lost their passion for life' Sunday Business Post 'A fantastic motivational book' Sunday Independent When was the last time you were really excited about your life? Do you suspect you have settled rather than made as much of your talents as you could have? Do you dismiss ambitions you once had as 'youthful delusions'? Norah Casey wants you to think again! Norah had a life that she thought was the right fit for her. Then she lost her husband and was forced to take stock. Despite a stellar career as a businesswoman she realised that in her own way, she had settled. It was time to rethink everything. In Spark! Norah shares her journey the lessons she has learned. She explains how we remade her life and how we can all renew our passion and our ambitions and become the best we can be. This isn't about blinding flashes of brilliance or razzle dazzle You don't have to be super-clever or endlessly fascinating to recover your spark. But if you're prepared to do a bit of homework it's amazing how quickly you will rediscover a more splendid you! Norah Casey qualified as a nurse before going into journalism. She is a magazine publisher and broadcaster (including a stint as a Dragon on the popular TV series Dragons' Den). She has served on the boards of numerous organisations, including The International Women's Forum. She is also a former Veuve Clicquot Business Woman of the Year.