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The Charmer [Unknown Binding]

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  • Publisher: Penguin; First Printing edition (1953)
  • ASIN: B001HKU6ZQ
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,573,564 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story 15 Dec 2012
By essex
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is the first book by Patrick Hamilton that I have read. It won't be the last. He has a wonderful way of describing his characters by not holding back about their human flaws. Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Before "The Talented Mr. Ripley" there was... 21 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Ernest Ralph Gorse - you can call him "Rafe" or "Ralph", is the best way to discover how easy it is sympathize with the criminal kind. Hamilton is wonderful at sending up those-who-should-be-sent-up. Originally titled 'Mr. Stimpson and Mr. Gorse", this is part of 'The Gorse Trilogy" chronicalling the rise, rise and fall of E.R.G. Available in England only as a trilogy. Please, please insist upon re-publication of it in this country
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4.0 out of 5 stars Charmed, I'm Sure 27 Mar 2002
By Espoo Famagusta - Published on Amazon.com
If you're looking for a tightly written, disciplined thriller,
a la Dorothy Sayers, this is not the book for you. However, if you like pitchperfect satirical writing on a par with Kingsley Amis, "the Charmer" will leave you as sweetly satisfied as a strychnine petit four.
Hamilton is an oddly overlooked novelist. His plays "Rope" and "Gaslight" (from "Angel Street") garnered him welldeserved attention, but his novels are brilliant, and I don't understand why they're out of print. "The Charmer" is a portait of four suburban British self-deluded "normal" people, each playing out his or her own fantasy of who he/she fancies himself, while the author gives us an unsparing, brilliantly misanthropic portrait of who each actually is. -Doesn't sound thrilling, but this novel is funny, hard to put down, and ultimately profoundly sad.
It was made into a PBS Masterpiece Theatre series a decade or so ago, with Nigel Havers as the eponymous Charmer.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure enjoyment 19 Mar 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
In a provincial English village, a dashing young stranger comes to town, triggering a series of shattering and tragic events. Despite characters that seem to be heading toward disaster, the authorıs insights into their lives is hilarious. This is one of the funniest books Iıve ever read. Hamiltonıs rapier-like wit is an absolute delight
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great writing style makes "The Charmer" charming 5 Aug 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Fans of sharp, dry wit will love this book. The unfolding of the plot is entertaining, and the stellar writing makes it even better. This is one of the best books I have ever read. Check out the Masterpiece Theater presentation of the book as well.
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4.0 out of 5 stars purely cinematic 6 Jun 2012
By .fgd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
No reading between the lines here and an over-elucidation of the characters' motives page by page may irritate some readers
The Charmer is not near the density and skill of 20 000 Streets Under The Sky his best work. However it is compensated because Patrick Hamilton writes so keenly as if you are watching a good film so it doesn't matter .The characters in The Charmer are so obnoxious the elucidation seems like the author wants to share with us how delightedly in detail he tears them apart which succeeds as a theatrical device. This is a colourful story quickly read. It satirically evokes characters that existed in pre-war Edwardian society The Charmer puts a few of them all ltogether for dramatic affect. ( The rigid upper classes residing in India really were like characatures in the effort to be more than English while abroad.)
Great comedy.Especially the chapter on the fool-making banter and bearing of an otherwise stuffy man loosened by drink ; Patrick Hamilton truly knows how to evoke the pitfalls and humour of intoxication in all his books.
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