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The Slaves of Solitude (New York Review Books Classics) (1947 original; edició 2007)

de Patrick Hamilton (Autor), David Lodge (Introducció)

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'I don't know how I became so filled with hate. I find it shocking that I did. Somebody said to me that war affects us in all kinds of ways, and that drinking is only one of them. Perhaps hating people is another. Perhaps sex is too.' 1943, Henley-on-Thames. Miss Roach is forced by the war to flee London for the Rosamund Tea Rooms boarding house, a place as grey and lonely as its residents. From the safety of these new quarters, her war effort now consists of a thousand petty humiliations, of which the most burdensome is sharing her daily life with the unbearable Mr Thwaites. But a breath of fresh air arrives in the form of a handsome American lieutenant and things start to look distinctly brighter. Until a new boarder moves into the room next to Miss Roach's - outwardly friendly, she soon starts upsetting the precarious balance in the house. Nicholas Wright's play The Slaves of Solitude weaves a fascinating blend of dark hilarity and melancholy from Patrick Hamilton's much-loved story about an improbable heroine in wartime Britain. The play premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in October 2017.… (més)
Membre:jonfaith
Títol:The Slaves of Solitude (New York Review Books Classics)
Autors:Patrick Hamilton (Autor)
Altres autors:David Lodge (Introducció)
Informació:NYRB Classics (2007), 256 pages
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The Slaves of Solitude de Patrick Hamilton (1947)

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    bluepiano: Both about clusters of people in the Blitz & both good--Slaves more conventional, relying upon character and plot and No Directions, a series of vignettes of people caught in their house full of flats during an overnight bombing.
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Funny, claustrophobic, painful at times...strange to think about the boarding house society, something that I suppose doesn't really exist anymore. Is there a modern equivalent? And those characters--Thwaites with his horrendous Troth talk (I'll have to watch myself in the coming days), the Lieutenant and his whisky, and the horrendously manipulative Vicky. I guess they are a bit one-sided, but I didn't mind. ( )
  giovannaz63 | Jan 18, 2021 |
I've had this book on my shelf for eons but it wasn't until earlier this year when I read Laura Talbot's The Gentlewoman, that I felt the urge to pick it up. In the Introduction (which I always read AFTER I read the book: lesson learned) I learned that Talbot and Hamilton were married for a few tumultuous years but he was a raging alcoholic and it didn't work out even though she allowed him to live with her when they were both nearing the ends of their lives. At any rate, I enjoyed this tale of a spinster living in the London countryside after escaping the Blitz in the early years of WWII.

Miss Roach now resides in a boarding house, the Rosamund Tea Rooms in its former life, with other solitary souls. As the story opens, it is 1943 and Hamilton concentrates his story on the interactions among the boarding house residents but hones in on Miss Roach and the totally obnoxious Mr. Thwaites. His know it all attitude is insufferable and he decides Miss Roach is an easy target. Discussion of the war prevails and the town is filled with military men and soon Miss Roach takes up with an American lieutenant. Things seem to go along along smoothly although the lieutenant is a very heavy drinker, much like the author, until Miss Roach's German friend, Vicki Kugelmann, takes up residence and things go all amok.

The theme seems to be the the inconsequence of these solitary souls but it is also an indictment of life in Britain during the war: the shortages (of just about everything) and its impact on the populace. So well written and with brilliant humorous touches and an unlikely heroine, I highly recommend this book. ( )
1 vota brenzi | Oct 24, 2019 |
One could trouble oneself with establishing Hamilton's protagonist Enid Roach in a tradition stretching from Jane Eyre to Bridget Jones, but, then, that isn't really the argument. The inhabitants of the boarding-house were all developed in that sitting room profile manner. Their coexistence stems from the Blitz, the privation, the War. That is the spectral presence which haunts this novel. ( )
  jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
The Slaves of Solitude is a bitterly funny book about a woman, one Miss Roach, who lives in a dreary-sounding boarding house outside London during World War 2. Miss Roach's experiences living in close quarters go from bad to worse when a so-called friend moves in, right next door to poor Miss Roach. Hamilton is unsparing in his depictions of his characters, creating people, situations, and a female perspective that felt absurd and strangely believable.

(There's more about The Slaves of Solitude on my blog here.) ( )
  LizoksBooks | Dec 15, 2018 |
A fabulous read, in which the older reader leading an essentially pointless life sees much to identify with!
It's halfway through WW2, and in a small town near London live a group of older folk in genteel poverty, every trifling event noteworthy. The only one working is 39 year old spnster, Enid Roach; she forces herself to meals, presided over by bullying and rather stupid Mr Thwaites; she starts a rather tentative 'romance' with a hard drinking American lieutenant. And she goes out to tea with a nice German girl friend....
But the humdrum life is to become filled with violent passions, even though nothing really huge occurs.
"In this still, grey winter-gripped dining room, this apparent mortuary of desire and passion (in which the lift rumbled and knives and forks scraped upon plates), waves were flowing forward and backward, and through and through, of hellish revulsion and unquenchable hatred!"

Absolutely fabulous writing, conjuring up a time and a place. I loved how the author evokes Miss Roach re-playing conversations in her head (IS she imagining the slights, or are the others truly horrible to her?)
"Miss Roach had now reached the point (she saw) at which she was inventing conversations with Vicki, inventing Vicki's answers, and then getting white with anger at these invented answers." Haven't we all been there? ( )
  starbox | Aug 23, 2018 |
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Patrick Hamiltonautor primaritotes les edicionscalculat
Cockburn, ClaudIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Holroyd, MichaelIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Lessing, DorisIntroduccióautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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'I don't know how I became so filled with hate. I find it shocking that I did. Somebody said to me that war affects us in all kinds of ways, and that drinking is only one of them. Perhaps hating people is another. Perhaps sex is too.' 1943, Henley-on-Thames. Miss Roach is forced by the war to flee London for the Rosamund Tea Rooms boarding house, a place as grey and lonely as its residents. From the safety of these new quarters, her war effort now consists of a thousand petty humiliations, of which the most burdensome is sharing her daily life with the unbearable Mr Thwaites. But a breath of fresh air arrives in the form of a handsome American lieutenant and things start to look distinctly brighter. Until a new boarder moves into the room next to Miss Roach's - outwardly friendly, she soon starts upsetting the precarious balance in the house. Nicholas Wright's play The Slaves of Solitude weaves a fascinating blend of dark hilarity and melancholy from Patrick Hamilton's much-loved story about an improbable heroine in wartime Britain. The play premiered at Hampstead Theatre, London, in October 2017.

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