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Comment: The Lonely; Gallico, Paul; Paperback; Very Good; Small rubs to fore edge of spine.; Nice tight copy, no names or marks inside.; Novella about an American stationed in the Midlands in the 1940s. As always, Gallico charms and surprises.
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The Lonely Paperback – 1953

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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Mermaid Books (Michael Joseph); Reprint edition (1953)
  • ASIN: B001LP958Q
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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Novella about an American stationed in the Midlands in the 1940s. As always, Gallico charms and surprises.


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Format: Hardcover
This is a treat of a book - and small and pocket-sized, so you can easily carry it with you! Paul Gallico was a master at describing the uncertainty of being in love, and not knowing whether your feelings are reciprocated. The atmosphere and lives of a handful of people in England during the Second World War are so vividly brought to life that you care deeply about what will happen to them: the central character is Jerry, an American with a sweetheart back home, but a wish to have a good time with the English WAAFs and to "become a man". The reader is swept along by his heart-rending dilemma, and you simply cannot guess how things will be resolved until the last few pages. I have heard that a film is to be made; I fervently hope that it will be sensitively done.
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Format: Hardcover
Paul Gallico is one of the best authors I've ever had the pleasure of reading works of. His writing has a real beauty about it that is at times poingnat and sometimes so deliciously innocent, but it always has a deep truth to it. This relatively short story is unmissable. In a world of ideals, the love portrayed in this book is something one would aspire to. Events, emotions, everything in this book is so gorgeous, it's truly difficult to put down and incredibly easy to re-read. This book is deliriously good, especially for anyone who believes love is important.
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Format: Hardcover
The order arrived the next day and was exactly as described. Extremely happy with this service! I texted to say the product had arrived and thank the dispatcher and received immediate and polite response.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good mushy love story 26 Jan. 2005
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Format: Hardcover
I was first introduced to Paul Gallico at a young age. The movie Lili was based on his short story Love of Seven Dolls. Since then I've read his stories off and on. "The Lonely" is about a soldier Jerry in World War II who has a sweetheart at home. He gets a few days leave and decides to spend it with a local RAF girl Patches. He explains from the get go that he is only interested in a fling. But through the vacation he changes his opinions on her, the plain Patches suddenly becomes beautiful. When the vacation's over Jerry realizes that he's in love. But telling his narrow-minded Suburban parents turns out to be a harder task than he thought.

The book is short only around 120 so pages. It's worth a read.
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