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  • Series: 20th Century Classics
  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (September 27, 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192813595
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192813596
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #973,874 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Patrick Hamilton was a marvellous novelist who's grossly neglected... I'm continually amazed that there's a kind of roll call of OK names from the 1930s, sort of Auden, Isherwood, etc. But Hamilton is never on them and he's a much better writer than any of them... [he] was very much outside the tradition of an upper-class or middle-class writer of that time. He wrote novels about ordinary people. 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 true now. You can go into any pub and see it going on. -- Doris Lessing His finest work can easily stand comparison with the best of this more celebrated contempories George Orwell and Graham Greene. Sunday Telegraph --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Patrick Hamilton was one of the most gifted and admired writers of his generation. His plays include Rope (1929), on which the Hitchcock thriller was based, and Gas Light (1939). Among his novels are The Midnight Bell, The Siege of Pleasure, The Plains of Cement, Twenty-thousand Streets under the Sky 1935, Hangover Square 1941, The Slaves of Solitude 1947 and The West Pier. He died in 1962. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is the second book by Hamilton I read, my first one was Hangover Square.
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This beautifully constructed little novel perfectly captures the mood of its time.
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This was my first Hamilton work, and I found it to be well-written and engaging.
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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Jay Dickson VINE VOICE on February 23, 2007
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One of the most atypical of Patrick Hamilton's novels (and perhaps the most beloved of them), THE SLAVES OF SOLITUDE takes place in a suburban boarding house in 1943 where the heroine Miss Roach--intelligent, lonely, and on the cusp of middle age--has moved to escape the dangers of the Blitz. Commuting from the publishing house where she reads manucsripts in London, she spends her nights wandering the deserted unlighted streets, necking in parks with American soldiers, and being bullied at dinner by the sly and pompous autocrat of the dining room, Mr. Thwaites, another lodger at the Rosamund Tearoom where most of the action is set. This beautifully constructed little novel perfectly captures the mood of its time. It also anticipates the fascination with the alienation common among shabby-genteel boarding houses and pension-hotels that emblematizes the dilapidated middle-class culture of the UK in the twenty-five years after the war (as in Terrence Rattigan's SEPARATE TABLES or Elizabeth Taylor's MRS. PALFREY AT THE CLAREMONT). The novel is in many ways exploring the nature of war itself on a figurative level, but it also first and foremost a comedy. Miss Roach's boarding-house nemeses, the sinister and German-born Vicki Kugelmann and the splenetic Mr. Thwaites, are so memorably awful and unpleasant they win the reader's heart immediately; Mr. Thwaites, in particular, is so beautifully drawn as to equal the best comic secondary creations of Dickens or Austen. The novel touches upon all kinds of tricky ideas about paranoia and consciousness that a clever reader might be interested in teasing out further, but simply as a comedy of manners this novel is a pure tonic.
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Pirlo on November 14, 2000
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Along with Hangover Square and One Thousand Streets Under the Sky, this is a tremendous novel. Hamilton writes beautifully about a cast of dreadfuls- the parochial bores, the bitchy backstabbing friends, and above all the boozers.
It is rare to read a book set in the 1940s which still seems so contemporary. The humour is biting and the depths and subtletys of character equal to Greene, Waugh and their ilk. Hamilton's writing brings to mind the Martin Amis school of tales from the London gutter, but his characters are achingly alive and never seem cartoonish.
If you can get your hands on the above(try amazon.co.uk), read all three...
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Gary Severance VINE VOICE on January 19, 2008
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The Slaves of Solitude (New York Review Books Classics)
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.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By vs on January 10, 2010
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This is the second book by Hamilton I read, my first one was Hangover Square. "The Slaves of Solitude" does not have this sinister atmosphere of Hangover Square, but I think it's even better and more nuanced as a human character study.

Hamilton creates such a precise portrait of Mrs Roach, the book protagonist, his depiction of other boarding house inhabitants is so detailed and persuasive, that it leaves one with the impression of really being there, knowing those people. Excellent, very detailed and emotional description of life in Britain during WWII too.

Patrick Hamilton manages to show each participant of this drama through their actions, language, attitudes: homegrown fascist and German sympathizer Mr. Thwaites, "totally inconsequential" American soldier whose behavior Mrs. Roach is trying to interpret - in vain, and Mrs. Roach's German lady "friend" who moves to her boarding house only to become her tormentor...

Hamilton is a writer who touches one of the most important conflicts in society: interaction between people with different psychological organization. Highly sensitive, vulnerable people which have to interact with aggressive and self-assured, scheming and arrogant, or indifferent and inconsequential - and nowhere to escape.

I agree with other reviewers that Patrick Hamilton is at the level of the best British prose: of Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, and others, and he deserves to be much better known and widely read, so NYRB classics as always provides a great service to the readers by publishing his books.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By blackandwhitedog on May 10, 2009
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Life shouldn't have to be negotiated at every turn, but it is. The neighbors who play music simply to unhinge your sanity; the colleague who seems to sneer when passing you; the "friend" who constantly patronizes; the dinner parties that send you home feeling bruised and porous. If this sounds like your world, then SLAVES OF SOLITUDE is an excellent choice.
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