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Hangover Square: A Story of Darkest Earl's Court (Anglais) Broché – 27 septembre 2012

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A pitch-black comedy set in London overshadowed by the looming threat of the Second World War, Patrick Hamilton's Hangover Square includes an introduction by J.B. Priestley in Penguin Modern Classics. London, 1939, and in the grimy publands of Earls Court, George Harvey Bone is pursuing a helpless infatuation. Netta is cool, contemptuous and hopelessly desirable to George. George is adrift in a drunken hell, except in his 'dead' moments, when something goes click in his head and he realizes, without a doubt, that he must kill her. In the darkly comic Hangover Square Patrick Hamilton brilliantly evokes a seedy, fog-bound world of saloon bars, lodging houses and boozing philosophers, immortalising the slang and conversational tone of a whole generation and capturing the premonitions of doom that pervaded London life in the months before the war. Patrick Hamilton (1904-1962) was one of the most gifted and admired writers of his generation. His plays include the thrillers Rope (1929), on which Alfred Hitchcock's film of the same name was based, and Gas Light (1939), twice successfully adapted for the screen, the second time starring Ingrid Bergman. Among his novels are The Midnight Bell (1929); The Siege of Pleasure (1932); The Plains of Cement (1934); a trilogy entitled Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (1935), adapted into a BBC mini-series in 2007; Hangover Square (1941); and The West Pier (1951), Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse (1953) and Unknown Assailant (1955), which together comprise The Gorse Trilogy. If you enjoyed Hangover Square, you might like Norman Collins's London Belongs to Me, also available in Penguin Modern Classics. 'One of the great books of the twentieth century'Independent on Sunday 'A masterly novel ... you can almost smell the gin'Keith Waterhouse, Spectator

Biographie de l'auteur

Patrick Hamilton was one of the most gifted and admired writers of his generation. Born in Hassocks, Sussex, in 1904, he and his parents moved a short while later to Hove, where he spent his early years. He published his first novel, Craven House, in 1926 and within a few years had established a wide readership for himself. Despite personal setbacks and an increasing problem with drink, he was able to write some of his best work. His plays include the thrillers Rope (1929), on which Alfred Hitchcock's film of the same name was based, and Gas Light (1939), also successfully adapted for the screen (1939), and a historical drama, The Duke in Darkness (1943). Among his novels are The Midnight Bell (1929); The Siege of Pleasure (1932); The Plains of Cement (1934); a trilogy entitled Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky (1935); Hangover Square (1941); The Slaves of Solitude (1947); and The West Pier (1951), Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse (1953) and Unknown Assailant (1955), which together comprise The Gorse Trilogy.J. B. Priestley described Patrick Hamilton as uniquely individual ... He is the novelist of innocence, appallingly vulnerable, and of malevolence, coming out of some mysterious darkness of evil.' Patrick Hamilton died in 1962.

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Par Alexis Bidault TOP 500 COMMENTATEURSMEMBRE DU CLUB DES TESTEURS le 1 septembre 2010
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Londres, quartier de Earl's Court, à la veille de la seconde guerre mondiale. Georges Harvey Bone est obsédé par Netta, une femme sublime, mais surtout une loque cruelle et malfaisante qui ne l'accepte dans son cercle d'amis douteux que dans l'optique de lui soutirer de l'argent et profiter de ses largesses.
Soumis, fou amoureux, alcoolique, George n'abandonne pas ses rêves de la conquérir un jour. Mais il a parfois des « temps morts », qui lui font voir la réalité sous un tout autre jour, et pendant lesquels il planifie de supprimer Netta.

Roman de l'addiction et de la maladie mentale, Hangover Square nous plonge dans la psyché dérangée et pathétique de Bone, personnage attachant dont la vie s'est désagrégée sous les coups conjugués de sa maladie et de son inadaptation sociale. En pleine montée du fascisme en Europe, il est victime des brimades décomplexées de Peter, son rival et de Netta, qui le ridiculisent et se jouent de lui en toute impunité.

George est prisonnier de ses idées fixes et de son alcoolisme, incapable de se dépêtrer de sa condition, malgré son rêve d'échapper aux bas-fonds londoniens pour s'échapper à la campagne et repartir du bon pied. L'écriture le rend bien, page après page, si bien qu'elle en devient parfois répétitive et légèrement ennuyeuse dans sa tentative de décrire avec précision son état d'esprit.

En dépit de ces quelques réserves, Hangover Square est un intriguant roman psychologique, un portrait réaliste et déprimant d'un antihéros presque ordinaire, de son milieu social cloisonné et du Londres populaire de la fin des années 30.
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Par Phil-Don TOP 1000 COMMENTATEURS le 29 août 2013
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Patrick Hamilton fait partie de ces grands écrivains hélas quelque peu tombés dans l'oubli. J'avais été conquis par 'The Slaves of Solitude' et j'ai continué ma découverte de cet auteur par 'Hangover Square'.

'Hangover Square' retrace la passion désespérée de George - brave homme un peu lourdaud, alcoolique - pour la séduisante Netta - petite actrice sans talent, sans boulot, alcoolique et qui se montre continuellement odieuse avec son soupirant, qu'elle ne tolère dans son petit clan d'alcooliques que pour lui soutirer de l'argent!

C'est donc un héros pathétique que l'on suit tout au long du roman, évoluant dans la pauvreté du Londres d'avant-guerre (quartier de Earl's Court) et l'alcoolisme, s'accrochant désespérément à une passion vouée à l'échec avec, ici et là, des moments de lucidité.

On s'en doute: l'écriture est réaliste et sombre, à la fois poignante et déprimante, avec un soupçon de suspense (George a des moments de 'déconnexion' avec sa personnalité et devient autre). 'Hangover Square' est à ranger avec les classiques de l'époque et mérite à coup sûr d'être lu. (Je signale quand même que j'ai préféré 'The Slaves of Solitude' du même auteur.)
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 DCI Banks's recommendation 7 mai 2014
Par Clayton Curtiss - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
I came to "Hangover Square" by a strange route. One of my favorite fictional characters is DCI Alan Banks, created by Peter Robinson. In his most recent book, "Children of the Revolution" Banks is reading "Hangover Square" and commenting on what a great, but unappreciated novel it is. So I ordered it from Amazon. It clearly lives up to Banks's praise. George Bone lives in two mental worlds, in neither of which is he especially comfortable, in London on the eve of World War 2. In his character study the author, Patrick Hamilton, follows George through both his worlds as he is intent on killing Netta, a lovely with whom he is entranced. He has no idea why he must kill her but as he interacts with her we come to realize that he would be completely justified in blotting out her life. The character of George is properly enigmatic and his emotional fluctuations understandable. About the ending of the book, all I can say is that it will blow you away. And thank you DCI Banks and Peter Robinson.
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3.0 étoiles sur 5 Before The Days of Mental Illness 26 mai 2011
Par Bob Richey - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
This book was published in 1941 at the early rumblings of the Second World War. The plot takes place starting in 1938 when those rumblings were only hints and the Prime Minister of the UK, Neville Chamberlain was still talking about negotiating with Mr. Hitler and there will be "peace in our time". He later said that the invasion of Poland was an aberration and did not mean much in the whole scheme of things. At the end of our book the "peace in our time" was remembered as the barrage balloons were raised in London and the Battle of Britain news replaced the invasion of Poland news.

That was all background to this story of artists and other unemployed people in the gritty Earl's Court area of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. The story is truly noir and reminds me of some of the early motion pictures directed by Sir Alfred Hitchcock, though this story is not a mystery. Even in the reading of this book, the scenes that I imagined were in black-and-white. As I read this book, I was continuingly reminding myself that it was published in 1941 though the main theme of the plot involved a medical condition which I had not realized was really identified that early. In this case, the main character, George suffers from a condition of "near" schizophrenia. He only has a single personality, but there are times when he shifts into another reality.

I enjoyed the book, though at times, I was not sure that I would. The talent of this author and his way of building his plot and manufacturing his story structure was fascinating to me.

This is a book which had gone out of print some time ago but Europa Editions chose to bring it back into publication in 2006. That run was successful for a second reprinting in 2009. I am certainly glad that they did.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Suspenseful, Insightful and Dark- Great Book. 16 décembre 2011
Par R. J. Marsella - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Patrick Hamilton chronicled the darker side of London life , particularly the life of those who spent a good part of that life drunk and in pubs in the 1930s. In Hangover Square, he created the character of George Harvey Bone, a large simple man who is obsessed with a woman who is part of his drinking circle and is also incredibly self centered and cruel to him. George has schizophrenia and is subject to periods of blackouts where he doesn't recall much other than a dark vision of revenge.
The plot takes the characters from London to Brighton and back as well as between two sets of friends. The drinking companions of George and Netta the object of his fixation who are equally cruel to George, take him for granted and use him comprise one group. This is contrasted with a group that revolves around an old school friend of George's whom he meets by accident and through him has a moment of reprieve and clarity as he is suddenly around people who see his Netta for who she really is and tell him.
Hamilton's writing is crisp and the ominous sense that all of this will end badly is established early in the novel. This is the second book if Hamilton's that I've read and he has quickly become one of my favorite authors.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 dark & tortured life in London 11 janvier 2010
Par vs - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
George Harvey Bone has schizophrenia. Is his life dark and tortured because of that? or does he have schizophrenia because his life is dark and tortured? Life in London in 1939 for George and his peers does look dark and bleak in itself, but George seems to be much more vulnerable than anybody, and much more vulnerable than Netta, young woman he has a misfortune to be madly in love with, who has sensitivity of a fish, according to Hamilton's description.

Most of the people surrounding Bone have fun at his expense, including Netta. George does recognize this, but he has no willpower to break out of this situation, so he keeps suffering, and this mental suffering probably contributes to his schizophrenic spells, during which he nurses murderous thoughts.

This book brings to mind both Idiot and The Insulted and Humiliated by Fyodor Dostoevsky, and this is not too huge an exaggeration: Hamilton does create very powerful and gripping characters, narrative and social scenery, so comparison with Dostoevsky at least gives one a proper framework to place both Hangover Square and The Slaves of Solitude.

Lots of details, very clear and powerful language - this book deserves to be much better known than, say, "The Collector" by Fowles, but... when they asked Beethoven why his 8th is much less popular than his 7th, he replied: "But it's so much better, that's why!"
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The Peace of Madness 16 mars 2008
Par Gary Severance - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Broché Achat vérifié
Patrick Hamilton's 1941 novel, Hangover Square, is confirmation that hangovers form the foundation of alcoholism. Palliation of symptoms is only a drink away. The main character, George Harvey Bone leads the reader into a world of drink-inflicted physical illness, and we understand it as a way of life for all the important characters. But, George has an additional illness, schizophrenia, that creates another world available only to him and to the reader. Hamilton's writing is seductive, and the reader accepts and wants to enter this second dimension. We want George to go beyond the hangover and "click" into his special psychotic state. It is in this state that George achieves a peace he cannot get any other way, safe from the chaos of hangover square and his obsession with Netta. Safety, however, is governed by evil, and readers are confronted with the peace of their own evil desires.

Hangover Square is a novel of physical and mental sickness that shows parallels with the so-called normal lives of readers. Hamilton's wonderful insight into the human comedy/tragedy makes this novel come to life even though, on the surface, readers do not feel that they have much in common with the characters. This insightful style is evident in another Hamilton novel, The Slaves of Solitude (1947). I predict that when readers enter George's two worlds, they will discover that they are only one drink and one click away from illness and madness.
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