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Hugely Enjoyable Novel,
This review is from: The Slaves of Solitude (Paperback)
At last I have come across another author capable of writing with the combination of clarity, tenderness and humanity that make Orwell's novels such engrossing works. In 'The Slaves of Solitude', Patrick Hamilton skilfully paints a picture of a dreary 1940s boarding house, and the lives of the disparate characters within it.
It is so easy to empathise with the genteel Miss Roach, trapped in an environment where there is little privacy. She is captive to the bullying taunts of the odious Mr. Thwaites, a character she clearly desires no association with, but who persists in sucking the life out of her. The arrival of an American Lieutenant then gives Miss Roach a glimmer of hope for a happier life after the war.
This is a wonderful novel, all set against the looming backdrop of the Second World War, which makes itself felt throughout, providing a vivid portrayal of small-town England at this time.