The happy prisoner (Abridged books) Unknown Binding – 1 Jan 1961
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It begins on an autumn night at the end of the Second World War. A moth flies in through the ground-floor window of an old manor house in Shropshire. Trapped, it struggles with the light. It does not know that it is being closely observed by a man who lies in a bed in the window alcove, keenly aware of the moth’s texture, its colours, and of its struggles. “This moth, which had seemed such a nuisance... was really a show-piece, a miracle of skilled craftsmanship prodigally squandered on a single night’s existence. ...If this pattern had been on a shawl or tapestry, it would have taken months or years of painful, eye-straining toil.”
It is, we gather, not something the man in the bed would have noticed before. But Oliver’s leg has been blown off at Arnhem, and a shell splinter has damaged his heart; he is immobile in this bed, in its alcove, a little raised above floor level, comfortable, at the heart of his family. No-one really knows when he will be well enough to leave the bed. He has time to observe the behaviour not only of moths, but of humans. And he does so in a way that he has, it seems, never quite done before. Over the course of Monica Dickens’s quite long book (it’s over 100,000 words), the reader watches a family through the Oliver’s eyes, and sees a broad and beautifully-observed range of human behaviour.Read more ›
This is a book that I have read many times, like all Monica's books, and I enjoy them every time-Just now,I am reading "The Fancy" which seems to have vanished from the Kindle list---And again I ask Amazon--where is "Thursday Afternoons" and "The Heart of London"--not to mention "One pair of feet" and "My turn to make the tea"--plus the true autobiography "An open door" --why are they not yet available ?
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A proper book - all the characters so well observed - by the author and Oliver who is a spectator of his family's and friends' lives and dilemmas. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Like so many reviewers,I first read this book many years ago. Really pleased to find a kindle edition. Loved it then, loved it now. An insight into post war England. Read morePublished 16 months ago by suzanne augusta