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Coral Glynn

3.29 of 5 stars 3.29  ·  rating details  ·  794 ratings  ·  183 reviews

Coral Glynn arrives at Hart House, an isolated manse in the English countryside, early in the very wet spring of 1950, to nurse the elderly Mrs. Hart, who is dying of cancer.Hart House is also inhabited by Mrs. Prence, the perpetually disgruntled housekeeper, and Major Clement Hart, Mrs. Hart’s war-ravaged son, who is struggling to come to terms with his latent homosexua

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ebook, 224 pages
Published February 28th 2012 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (first published 2012)
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Michael
Peter Cameron has crafted an exquisite book about socially awkward people living in England in the 1950's. Reminiscent of the social examinations of the Bronte sisters, Coral Glynn reveals the solitary life of a shy, young woman working as a visiting nurse. When she suddenly finds herself married and suspected of a hideous crime, she flees to London and unwittingly finds the path to eventual happiness. Wonderfully written and drawn with insight and power.
Amy Warrick

What an odd little book. I don't know how to describe it, or explain what I liked about it. I'd have given it 3 1/2 stars if half-stars were available, but in the meantime it wasn't quite 4 star material, or maybe it was? That's how this book has left me - unable to figure out what I think of it.

The 'heroine', young Coral Glynn, seemed directionless - you know how sometimes you accept an invitation, or agree to do a favor, because of a momentary lapse in your brain during which you can't think...more
Chuck
Set in England during the 1950s, this leisurely-paced novel has a much older feel to it, by virtue of its style and the fact that mid-century technology is either nonexistent or well hidden. In addition, the principal characters are appropriately old-fashioned. Given this context, one jarring element -- a brief Gothic-style scene at the end of Part One, which drives much of the subsequent tale -- seems a bit out of place.

Peter Cameron writes some luminous prose, but it deserves a better plot lin...more
Cristina
Un po' Jane Eyre un po' Giro di vite, mancano i fantasmi.
Se non avessi visto coi miei occhi che Peter Cameron è l'autore di Coral Glynn, non avrei creduto, no no. Un filo troppo manierista per sembrare suo e l'ironia leggera dove è finita?
Poi certamente si trovano temi a lui cari come l'omosessualità, che essendoci in tutti i suoi romanzi forse comincia ad essere anche di troppo, le atmosfere malinconiche, che gli riescono bene, e quell'effetto sliding doors, per citare un film, di vite che si i...more
Stephanie
What a whopping disappointment. I thought this would be a delicious English manor period piece – perhaps a Secret Garden for grownups. Instead, I found myself enduring wooden characters having stilted conversations within banal relationships. The plot plods along, deftly side-stepping any hint of development, inserting and removing characters with mechanical disinterest. I’m still not sure why I took the time to finish it.
Renee
This is a book I picked up based on an NPR review which compared it to gothic novels like Rebecca and Jane Eyre. Having recently read The Haunting of Hill House, another modern version of the gothic novel and enjoyed it, I thought why not continue on this theme.

While there were some similarities with the gothic novel, they were fairly circumstantial---big empty house, mysterious and seemingly hateful housekeeper, etc. In fact, Coral Glynn did not feel at all like a gothic novel to me. It felt mo...more
Larry Hoffer
What a captivating little old-fashioned soap opera of a book!

It's England in 1950. Young Coral Glynn, a nurse, arrives at Hart House, an isolated mansion in the countryside, to care for the terminally ill Mrs. Maud Hart. Other than Mrs. Hart, the house is populated only by the housekeeper, Mrs. Prence, who takes an almost-immediate dislike to Coral, and Mrs. Hart's somewhat-estranged son, Clement, who was injured in World War 2, and spends most of his days brooding over his injuries. Clement se...more
William Reichard
I'm a big fan of Peter Cameron, and I started Coral Glynn with high expectations. Some of my expectations were met, while others were not. The title character is fascinating - somewhat of a cypher, she's an in-home nurse, taking care of the sick and dying, then moving on to her next assignment. The people around her seem to project their own sense of who she is, or who they want her to be, onto her, and for the most part, she allows this. She has an inner life, but Cameron doesn't take the time...more
Derrick
"Clement reached across and put his hand on Dolly's cheek, which was damp with tears. He let his gentleness and affection be felt and then removed his hand. 'I'm just going out for a little stroll,' he said.
Dolly laughed quietly, and said, 'Isn't that what God said, before he abandoned us all?'"

Thank you NPR for the book recommendation. It was an one Good Read!
The story follows the life of our main character, Coral, a nurse that has come to Harrington,England in the 1950's to take care of a...more
Tim
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Sharon
The beginning of my review, in The Nervous Breakdown:
Why would Peter Cameron, a twenty-first century American living in Manhattan, write a period piece set in postwar provincial England? I was intrigued. Coral Glynn, Cameron’s sixth novel, is a departure from his most recent work, Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You. That critically acclaimed book is a smart, quirky first-person coming-of-age story about an urban teenager filled with postmodern angst, written with the edgy nerve befitting ou...more
Audrey  *Ebook and Romance Lover*
This book was a total waste and weird.

5 REASONS TO NOT READ THIS BOOK IN MY OPINION.

1: The Characters were boring and weird. Didn't like Coral Glynn. She was just weird and stupid. I didn't like how she just gave up and did sex with a men she just met.

2: Didn't like how they described some things. But I guess that's how an adult book is.

3: It was a total waste of time. It was shit.

4: It didn't revolve around the murder. Sure in the middle of the book, but that's like the only time they mentio...more
Alice
Very good book. Written in a lyrical style, the book draws you in to a world (English countryside after WWII) unlike ours today. Large estates fall to disrepair; men drink too much but mostly keep a stiff upper lip and don't say much. The main female character suffers (no surprise there), but the book has a few twists and turns that you won't expect. I look forward to reading other books by this author.
Laura Stone Johnson
Gosh, I so wanted to like this book, having been a huge fan of “Sometimes This Pain . . .”, but I just couldn’t get past the stilted, odd dialogue and the frustrating way the characters related – or unrelated – to each other. In an odd combination of Hemingway-esque dialogue that made me ask, Do people really talk this way?, and Camus-esque disorientation these characters seem to be lost in their lives, and the battle to connect, rather than making me root for them, was just too much for me to b...more
Sub_zero
4.5/5

La historia que nos cuenta Peter Cameron en esta novela transcurre en el Londres de los años 50 y tiene como protagonista a Coral Glynn, una enfermera itinerante que llega a casa de la anciana señora Hart, aquejada de una grave dolencia. Con ella vive su hijo el coronel Clement Hart, un militar retirado y un tanto retraído que aún convalece de sus heridas causadas durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Propiciado por el frío ambiente de la casa, entre ambos se producirá un progresivo acercamien...more
Bonnie Brody
I am very fond of gothic elements in my novels and also enjoy books about manners. Coral Glynn: A Novel by Peter Cameron is rife with both. It is dark, brooding and has an eerie sensibility.

The novel begins in 1952 with Coral Glynn, a visiting nurse, arriving at Hart House to care for the aging and dying Mrs. Hart. She has terminal cancer and is not expected to live very long. The house is also inhabited by her son, Major Clement Hart, who was seriously burned and had his legs injured in World W...more
Doreen
The word "odd" is used over 50 times in this novel, and it is perhaps the word that best describes it; it is full of odd personalities and odd relationships; nonetheless, it is an enjoyable read.

In 1950, a twenty-something private duty nurse, Coral Glynn, takes a job looking after an elderly woman at Hart House, an isolated English manor house. A relationship develops between Coral and Major Clement Hart, her patient's son, but all does not go smoothly.

The book is a novel of manners cum gothic...more
Meg
did you ever see larry david in CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM? well that's funny as larry goes all about doing things you know full well are NOT good ideas and have not been well thought out. strangely this novella reminds me of that show as coral goes all about doing things you know full well are NOT good ideas and aren't going to turn out well. i tried to look deeper and wonder if the author was trying to say that we all are like this(but we aren't) or that women in "those days" had few choices to make...more
Io Nuca
De la ploaia care cade mai mereu și de la vremea mohorâtă la conversații stânjenitor de politicoase, cartea asta abundă în clișee socio-britanice. Ceea ce nu înseamnă că nu mi-a plăcut, dar se putea mai bine.
Yvonne
Coral frustrated me and I'm sure that it was just because I find the English/Europeans (and I'm not sure I'm saying this right) very reserved in behavior and verbalization, like everything they do and say has to be so precise and immaculate or should I say proper in all decorum. Yet it wasn't really like that, it was more like being socially stunted, not only Coral but most definitely Clement too.

In the end they all find their place, their comfort zones, which is far more befitting for each indi...more
Mary
Peter Cameron is such a great writer of fiction. He'll take a serious premise and tell a story using language that's lyrical, poignant, intelligent, and occasionally hilarious. I love his YA book Someday This Pain Will Be Useful to You, and this one is as good, maybe better. Coral Glynn is a nurse without a home, staying in the homes of her (usually terminal) patients, then moving on. When she comes to Hart House and meets her patient's war-injured son, everything changes. A one-day read -- shor...more
Sara
Giornate color cenere, cieli pozzanghera, umida campagna inglese, cittadina opprimente, tetra villa solitaria, silenzi e segreti, mutilazioni del passato, finestre chiuse, cancelli sbarrati, persiane serrate, pappagalli imbalsamati in teche di vetro, sinistri agrifogli dal fruscio metallico, chi ha ucciso la bambina nella Foresta Verde? Arriva l'ispettore, ci sono i conigli, manca solo il caffè. C'mon, Coral, do the locomotion.
Janet
I loved this odd little book with its fifties setting and the weirdest bunch of characters. It is about loneliness, repressed (homo)sexuality and death but it is never grim or harsh. It is hard to say what the fascination is about but I quess it is a mixture of some film noir elements; some Agatha Christie and of course some Daphne DuMaurier. I have a strong feeling that this book will be made into a film.
Begoña
"Coral Glynn", inspirada en los años 50, es la última novela de Peter Cameron, después de su tan sonada "Algún día este dolor te será útil". La novela toma el nombre de la protagonista, una enfermera que ha llegado a la casa de campo Hart House para cuidar a una anciana enferma. Pero existe un motivo profundo por el que Coral se dedica a ir cuidando a enfermos en diferentes lugares y Peter Cameron siembra la duda y la curiosidad del lector desde el primer momento. Todos los personajes de "Coral...more
Jessica
I'm a huge Peter Cameron fan but this novel, with its stilted dialogue and not always believable characters, disappointed. There were stretches of it that were quite wonderful, a sustained mood of melancholy and loneliness, a dreamlike atmosphere, but it never reached the artistry of "The City of Your Final Destination' or 'Andorra.'
Kate Jackson


A good old-fashioned read. It was a quiet, charming book that felt like something I might have found on my grandmother's bookshelf, right down to the jacket. Like a nice cup of chamomile tea amid a lot of the double shot of espresso options out there ...I wouldn't want a steady diet of it, but it was a nice departure.
Marcel
Una joven enfermera se pone a trabajar en la casa familiar de una anciana enferma de cáncer que vive acompañada por su hijo, un comandante retirado con cicatrices de guerra que lo obligan a caminar con dificultad, y una señora que cumple las funciones de ama de llaves y cocinera. Al fallecer la madre al comienzo de la novela, se empieza a estructurar la historia cuando el comandante le propone matrimonio a la enfermera después de haberla conocido apenas durante un mes y haber hablado con ella en...more
Lizzi Crystal
I always go for the gothic romances and this is a quick, engaging read, but turns out to be an utterly pointless story, with vapid and one-dimensional characters. You never begin to care, because you never get to know anyone. This is everything I want my gothic romance not to be.
Julia Wilson
This did not live up to my expectations. I read a glowing review in the NYT and looked forward to reading it. The characters didn't seem that interesting for a character-driven novel. I liked some of the minor players much better than the main ones.
Yoake
Cuando leo novelas del tipo de Coral Glynn, siempre me pregunto qué es lo que empuja a un ser a ponerse a escribir. Si el dinero, la posibilidad de fama, la necesidad emocional, la irreprimible exigencia de contar una historia, el ego o simplemente la facilidad. Es más, visto el resultado, sigo preguntándome si el conjunto es lo que esperaba el escritor antes de ponerse a escribir, si en el fondo tenía alguna intención o si todo surgió espontáneamente tras la primera palabra. Suelo concluir con...more
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Peter Cameron (b. 1959) is an award-winning novelist and short story writer. Born in Pompton Plains, New Jersey, he moved to New York City after graduating college in 1982. Cameron began publishing stories in the New Yorker one year later. His numerous award-winning storie...more
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