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Watched: ‘Twenty Thousand Streets under the Sky’ by Patrick Hamilton

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, period drama, WATCHED with tags , , , , , on November 19, 2009 by echostains

This review has now been transferred to my Bookstains blog here

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Book Review: ‘The Gorse’ Trilogy by Patrick Hamilton

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT with tags , on October 18, 2009 by echostains

 

patrick hamilton

patrick hamilton

This post has been transferred to my other blog Bookstains here

Dear Reader I Read it: ‘The Slaves of Solitude’ by Patrick Hamilton

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT with tags , , , , on October 12, 2009 by echostains

the slaves of solitude by patrick hamilton

the slaves of solitude by patrick hamilton

The other week I bought three Patrick Hamilton Books.  The first one ,‘Hangover Square’ I have already reviewed HERE.  I  am now reading the last of the books (The Gorse Trilogy) which I am greatly enjoying.  The Slaves of Solitude is again set in London during the War.  It is about spinster, Miss Roach living in the Rosamund Tea rooms boarding house: her trials and tribulations with nasty bullying boarder Mr Thwaites, false friend Vicky and Miss Roach’s very own (everyone had to have one in those days) GI Johnny, Lieutenant Dayton Pike.

Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton

Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton

Apparently there were a lot people living in Lodging houses during war time.  Virtual strangers having to try to get along with each other.  Yet hidden beneath a thin vaneer of politeness  their increasing insecurities and uncertainties wriggle.  Those poor brave souls are trying to keep a grip: hold their nerve, swallow their hysteria back down (along with large Gin and IT’s) as they attend to their mundane jobs: insisting that it’s business as usual and the show must go on don’t you know….  The only negative criticism I have about this interesting book is about the enigmatic Mr Prest, who only comes into his own at the end. He is a  complete mystery to me.  Why is he there?  I could understand this more if his job was narrater, or if his character was to observe.  Although he is always in the background (silent) he only comes alive as it were towards the end.  I get the impression that his function is to provide an escape route for Miss Roach.  That aside though, this is an excellent book: parts of it sad, other parts hilarious.   Hamilton seems to love nasty girls (as in Netta in Hangover Square).  Here we have Vicky, a casual aquaintence of Miss Roach’s who insinuates herself into the Rosemund Tea rooms and causes ructions.  I am reading The Gorse Trilogy at the moment, have read the first part and am on to Mr Gorse and Mr Stimpson.  It is proving very interesting.

A couple of books I have read recently include;

Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton

The Little Stranger (and other books) by Sarah Waters

Dear Reader I read it: ‘Hangover Square’ by Patrick Hamilton

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT with tags , , , , , , , , on October 6, 2009 by echostains
Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton

Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton

It was only the other week that I found a cache of Patrick Hamilton books in Borders book shop.  I had promised myself that I would read the rest of his books, having greatly enjoyed ‘20,000 Streets under the Sky‘.  I bought ‘Hangover Square’, ‘The Slaves of Solitude’ and the ‘Gorse Trilogy’.  Already I have read ‘Hangover Square’ and ‘The Slaves of Solitude‘!

the author Patrick Hamilton

the author Patrick Hamilton

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What I’m reading at the moment: ‘Hangover Square’ by Patrick Hamilton

Posted in BOOKS! DEAR READER I READ IT, WATCHED with tags , , , on October 1, 2009 by echostains

20,000 streets under the sky by Patrick Hamilton is one I read earlier

20,000 streets under the sky by Patrick Hamilton is one I read earlier

I bought three books the other day.  They were all by the British novelist and dramatist Patrick Hamilton (1904 -1962).  So far, I have only read ‘20,000 Streets under the Sky’ by this author, which I hugely enjoyed!

Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton, mine has a different cover

Hangover Square by Patrick Hamilton, mine has a different cover

I started ‘Hangover Square’ the day I bought it, and already I am halfway through it.  The quality of the writing shows and although not much is actually happening to the protagonist George Harvey Bone, (so far) there is great action going on in his moments when his mind just seems to cease up and then something clicks……….  It’s this strange clicking that has led to his decision to kill Netta his unrequited love.  I am enjoying this book and shall do a proper eview when I’ve finished it (which will be very soon as I can’t put it down!)