Hangover Square: A Story of Darkest Earl's Court (Penguin Modern Classics) Paperback – 28 Jun 2001
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"Rhind-Tutt's presentation of Bone's cinematic first-person narrative cleverly builds the tension of the mental conflicts which make up Bone's distorted vision of what is going on around him. It's a tense and gripping study of a drink-fuelled mental disintegration." (Rachel Redford, The Observer) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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The tormented George pursues his "ideal", the cruel, amoral Netta, to the point where his obsession with her becomes sick and destructive. Behind this agonising tale looms the shadow of the imminent world war. A brilliant, dark, gripping story.
i usually go for, as i like books about outsiders, underdogs people who are at the edge of society who don't necessarily fit in, or don't want to. But anyway this isn't a review as there are people better at it than me.
This is just a warning that JB Priestly, the person who wrote the introduction
(in my penguin paperback version at least) has decided it his his job to tell us what happens at the end of the book. I can't really imagine why anyone in their right mind would do this, but i don't think it's necessary and if you don't want to find out what happens before you've read it, leave the introduction alone untill you've finished the book.
It's impossible not to feel compassion, frustration and sadness when reading this book. Hamilton's use of dialogue and spare description perfectly evokes both the glitz and the seamier sides of pre-war London, a London which he himself had seen and experienced. Indeed my one cautionary note would be that the old fashioned London dialogue and vocabulary may be tricky for some non-British readers to follow.
Patrick Hamilton’s novel based in Earls Court and Brighton in 1939 is possibly the best anti-romantic novel ever written in English. First published in 1941 by Constable, it was reissued by Penguin in 1956 and became a Penguin Modern Classics book in 2001, sixty years after first publication. JB Priestley in his 1972 introduction finds Hamilton ‘above all the novelist of the homeless,’ which exactly describes the mood of the book. ‘He takes us into a kind of No-Man’s-Land of shabby hotels, dingy boarding-houses and all those saloon bars where the homeless can meet,’ says Priestley, and he does this through exploring the interior world of his unlikely hero George Harvey Bone.
Bone is the classic ‘muff’ as Thackeray would call him. He is large, awkward and slavishly devoted to a woman who despises him. His romantic advances to Netta are apologetic and self-disparaging. He knows he stands no chance of engaging the attentions of this beautiful creature, yet cannot save himself from persisting in his timid approaches. Netta’s interest in George is undisguisedly one of convenience. Bone (her appellation throughout) is able to fund her life of pleasure, but he can in no way advance her social or theatrical career; the very reverse in fact. Netta emerges as a heartless scheming tart, seen through by all her male escorts, including, strangely enough, the aspiring Bone himself.
So far, so banal, but George Bone knows this and Hamilton skillfully addresses this weakness by providing a shell into which his hero ‘snaps’ or ‘cracks’ at frequent intervals.Read more ›
It's just that from about mid-way it does become somewhat repetitive and one-dimensional. The thought processes of Bone's 'dead' spells, for instance, regurgitated almost verbatim on each occurrence. And, for me, the inevitable ending could have been much hastened.
It's nevertheless a fine, unusual novel: an acute study of a tormented man's mental anguish; his surrender and utter defeat.
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"Hangover Square" was published in 1941, at the peak of Patrick Hamilton's fame, which was by that time considerable. Read morePublished 16 days ago by nigeyb
Patrick Hamilton is a totally under rated author - this is a brilliantly written book with memorable characters and a good story. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mrs. Rebecca L. Lane
Patrick Hamilton’s 1941 novel provides an engaging mix of human obsession, psychological drama, offbeat humour and social commentary. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Keith M
I pick up and discard novels all the time, I am so easily irritated by self-conscious writers and those who simply can't write very well. Read morePublished 4 months ago by John Davison
Bought this book based on the synopsis' high promise of boozing pubs and murder. However, this book failed to make me feel like I was in the pub environment, nor did it grip or... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Rachel Goulding
Incredible read. Cannot recommend it enough. IF YOU GET THE EDITION WITH THE INTRODUCTION BY JB PRIESTLY DO NOT READ IT AS HE GIVES THE ENDING AWAY. Nice one pal.Published 10 months ago by MR S ROWE