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3.0 out of 5 stars
The charmer, 14 Oct. 2009
Although I throughly enjoyed the production of The Charmer, I was extremely disappointed that it bore little or no relation to the Patrick Hamilton novel "Mr Stimpson & Mr Gorse." Indeed even the main character's name was given as Ralph Ernest Gorse when in the book he's name is Ernest Ralph Gorse. I can't believe that Allan Prior read the books or books, as it's the middle part of a trilogy, as I could find no real similarities in the 3 main characters beyond their names. The book does not contain central Claris Manners, Harold & Phyllis Bennett nor Pamela Bennett, to whom Gorse marries in the series. It's all pure invention by Allan Prior.
If you haven't read the Gorse trilogy, then this is a very good black comedy, however, if you have read the Patrick Hamilton novels be prepared to be very disappointed.