Set in late 1930s London, "Hangover Square" is the brilliant and disquieting tale of George Harvey Bone, a perpetual drunk. He suffers from 'dark' moods, which click on and off without warning, as if someone has tripped a switch in his head. On his supposedly better days, George whiles away his time nursing a pint or six and obsessing about the attractive but cruel small-time actress Netta. Disgusted by his own helpless devotion and his increasingly erratic behaviour, George is driven to the edge - culminating in "Hangover Square's" spectacular and haunting climax. Read by Julian Rhind-Tutt, esteemed actor who first became famous in Green Wing.
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Patrick Hamilton (1904-62) was an English novelist and playwright, famed for his black humour. Narrator Julian Rhind-Tutt is a talented actor who has appeared in Green Wing. His distinctive reading style is perfectly suited to Hangover Square.From Publishers Weekly:
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. (Jan.)
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Book Description Hardback. Book Condition: Very Good. The book has been read, but is in excellent condition. Pages are intact and not marred by notes or highlighting. The spine remains undamaged. Bookseller Inventory # GOR002495737
Book Description Constable, London, 1972 Reprint. Hardback. Dust Jacket., 1972. 8vo. pp xiii, 280. Original publisher's green cloth, lettered gilt at the spine. First published 1941.ISBN: 0094587108 Very good in very good dust jacket. Decent copy. Bookseller Inventory # C40305