The Slaves of Solitude

The Slaves of Solitude


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1943, Henley-on-Thames. The war forces Miss Roach to flee London for the Rosamund Tea Rooms boarding house, which is as grey and lonely as its residents. From the safety of these new quarters, her war 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, that is, a seeming friend moves into the room adjacent to Miss Roach’s, upsetting the precariously balanced ecosystem of the house...

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ISBN-13: 9781590172209
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 02/20/2007
Series: NYRB Classics Series
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 597,432
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 7.98(h) x 0.68(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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The Slaves of Solitude 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
michaelbartley on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I liked this book a lot, it is set in a town near London during ww2, the main character, a middle age woman is living in a boarding house. her apartment in london had been destroyed by a bomb. it is a sad story, while there is a war in the background there is a war in the boarding house. she had to deal with a bully and a friend that turns out not to be a friend.
CatrionaOlding3 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hamilton tackling a subject unfamiliar to us now...the mid 20th century necessity of boarding house living. A study of bullying, trechery and triumph. Great writing.
GarySeverance on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Patrick Hamilton's work is gaining attention as a result of a 2007 publication of The Slaves of Solitude by The New York Review of Books. Originally published in 1947, it tells the story of residents in a boarding house in a small village located on a train line to London. Although they share the same dining room and lounge, the characters live their lives in solitude, limited by the conditions imposed on civilians by 1943 World War II. The distinguishing factor is the insight of the players that ranges from minimal to obsessive. This is a very engaging novel that immerses the reader in the era, location, and interaction of the characters. Readers are confronted by their own solitude and learn that insight is the result of sharing experiences with others. Hamilton's novel shows that war prevents isolation but encourages people to explore their solitude.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was chained to the wall comprletly newd. Waited for a master.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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