The Slaves of Solitude

The Slaves of Solitude

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Overview

England in the middle of World War II, a war that seems fated to go on forever, a war that has become a way of life. Heroic resistance is old hat. Everything is in short supply, and tempers are even shorter. Overwhelmed by the terrors and rigors of the Blitz, middle-aged Miss Roach has retreated to the relative safety and stupefying boredom of the suburban town of Thames Lockdon, where she rents a room in a boarding house run by Mrs. Payne. There the savvy, sensible, decent, but all-too-meek Miss Roach endures the dinner-table interrogations of Mr. Thwaites and seeks to relieve her solitude by going out drinking and necking with a wayward American lieutenant. Life is almost bearable until Vicki Kugelmann, a seeming friend, moves into the adjacent room. That’s when Miss Roach’s troubles really begin.
Recounting an epic battle of wills in the claustrophobic confines of the boarding house, Patrick Hamilton’s The Slaves of Solitude, with a delightfully improbable heroine, is one of the finest and funniest books ever written about the trials of a lonely heart.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590172209
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 02/20/2007
Series: NYRB Classics Series
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Patrick Hamilton (1904—1962) was born into a literary family and became active in the theater at a young age. He was a prolific writer, both of fiction and for the stage, and a notorious alcoholic. Among his most famous novels are Hangover Square and Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (forthcoming from NYRB Classics).

David Lodge is the author of several novels, including Author, Author, Changing Places, Small World, Nice Work, Paradise News, and Therapy. He has also written many works of literary criticism, including The Art of Fiction and Consciousness and the Novel: Connected Essays. He lives in Birmingham, England.

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