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 Constable, 1972. Hardcover. Book Condition: Good. Ex Library Book with usual stamps and stickers. A tan to the page edges. Good condition is defined as: a copy that has been read but remains in clean condition. All of the pages are intact and the cover is intact and the spine may show signs of wear. The book may have minor markings which are not specifically mentioned. Most items will be dispatched the same or the next working day. Bookseller Inventory # mon0007315424
Book Description Constable, London, United Kingdom, 1982. Hardcover. Book Condition: Very Good Plus. Dust Jacket Condition: Very Good. xiii, 280 pages; first published in 1941, this being the 1982 reprint of the 1972 reissue; dark brown cloth, silver spine titles; color pictorial dust jacket, not price-clipped; lightest wear to board extremities, light wrinkling to jacket extremities; a very good plus copy in a very good jacket. Bookseller Inventory # X02562