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Adrift in the grimy pubs of London at the outbreak of World War II, George Bone is hopelessly infatuated with Netta, a contemptuous, small-time actress. George suffers from occasional blackouts, during which one thing is horribly clear: he must murder Netta.

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"Hamilton (1904 — 1962) captures the edgy, obsessive and eventually murderous mindset of a romantically frustrated British man in this WWII-era novel published in the U.S. as a separate volume for the first time. As the story opens, 34-year-old George Harvey Bone — a heavyset, good-hearted failure — is obsessed with his ongoing effort to either woo or, frighteningly, kill the lovely Netta Longdon, a callous, smalltime London actress whose charms seem limited to her physical beauty. Longdon shows little interest in Bone's advances, but she always seems ready to take advantage of Bone's generosity and to stab him in the back by, say, sleeping with one of his lowlife cohorts. As the book progresses and Bone gets more and more intense, it becomes clear that the virtual fugue state that he periodically enters is undiagnosed schizophrenia — the twist is that everyone else's behavior is so beastly that Bone's plottings feel pretty much deserved. Hamilton is less successful introducing political material on Hitler's rise to power as the forces of war begin to overwhelm Britain, but the subtle power of the free indirect prose he uses to render Bone's deteriorating mind makes this an impressive character study and an oblique (and bleak) look at beleaguered prewar London." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Hamilton...is a sort of urban Thomas Hardy: He is always a pleasure to read, and as social historian he is unparalleled." Nick Hornby

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"Patrick Hamilton was a marvelous novelist....A much better writer than Auden, Isherwood....He wrote more sense about England and what was going on in England in the 1930s than anybody else I can think of, and his novels are still true now. You can go into any pub today and see it going on." Doris Lessing

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Patrick Hamilton was born in England in 1904. By the late 1920's he was recognized as one of the most gifted and admired writers of his generation. His novels and plays of the 1930's established a wide readership in Britain and America. His play Rope was made into a film by Alfred Hitchcock and his play Gaslight was a huge success on the stage before being made into a popular film starring Ingrid Bergman.

Hangover Square is perhaps his best-known work, but his novel The Slaves of Solitude also enjoys great popularity. Patrick Hamilton died in 1962.

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Matthew Silva, March 4, 2008 (view all comments by Matthew Silva)
Excellent. A fantastic and compelling novel that explores the inner workers of a gentleman suffering from mental illness and alcoholism. However, this novel is about much more than the inner process of one mans' mind and paints a vivid and wonderful picture of the saloon life and pre-WWII England. A great bar room book.
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ISBN:
9781933372068
Author:
Hamilton, Patrick
Publisher:
Europa Editions
Subject:
General
Subject:
City and town life
Subject:
Obsessive-compulsive disorder
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20060131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
280
Dimensions:
8.30x5.46x.82 in. .89 lbs.

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Hamilton (1904 — 1962) captures the edgy, obsessive and eventually murderous mindset of a romantically frustrated British man in this WWII-era novel published in the U.S. as a separate volume for the first time. As the story opens, 34-year-old George Harvey Bone — a heavyset, good-hearted failure — is obsessed with his ongoing effort to either woo or, frighteningly, kill the lovely Netta Longdon, a callous, smalltime London actress whose charms seem limited to her physical beauty. Longdon shows little interest in Bone's advances, but she always seems ready to take advantage of Bone's generosity and to stab him in the back by, say, sleeping with one of his lowlife cohorts. As the book progresses and Bone gets more and more intense, it becomes clear that the virtual fugue state that he periodically enters is undiagnosed schizophrenia — the twist is that everyone else's behavior is so beastly that Bone's plottings feel pretty much deserved. Hamilton is less successful introducing political material on Hitler's rise to power as the forces of war begin to overwhelm Britain, but the subtle power of the free indirect prose he uses to render Bone's deteriorating mind makes this an impressive character study and an oblique (and bleak) look at beleaguered prewar London." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Hamilton...is a sort of urban Thomas Hardy: He is always a pleasure to read, and as social historian he is unparalleled."
"Review" by , "Patrick Hamilton was a marvelous novelist....A much better writer than Auden, Isherwood....He wrote more sense about England and what was going on in England in the 1930s than anybody else I can think of, and his novels are still true now. You can go into any pub today and see it going on."
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