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
Peter Cameron writes some luminous prose, but it deserves a better plot lin...more
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
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
Hart House – located on a slight rise in the English countryside near a woodland called Sap Green Forest – where Coral Glynn arrives on a wet Thursday in the spring of 1950, is a cold and inhospitable place, remote and almost foreboding. Coral shivers, “The house was so far from anything.”
Coral is a nurse, the third to be called to attend to the old lady, Mrs. Hart, who is dying of cancer. It’s unclear why the two nurses before her had left or b...more
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
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
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
The story takes place in England in the 50s. Coral is a nurse and called to care for a dying woman. The woman's son lived there but he was living with war injuries and never went out much. There was also a very mean housekeeper.
After a month, the woman died. Her son was very lonely and ashamed of his burns - but took a chance and asked Coral to marry him.
Coral had been a loner - visting the sick in their homes since nursing school. She had not ties or fami...more
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
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
As it is, the novel begins adequately, plainly, almost, like Coral Glynn herself. Then, without warning, a...more
However, I stuck with it and did a fast read in an evening and a following morning. 'Gothic Light', I might call it...this book is not deep or seriously literary, but it is entertaining for a few hours. Peter Cameron must have good...more
I suggest goin...more
LA STORIA, IN BREVE
Siamo nel primo dopoguerra (1950), in un Inghilterra che fatica ancora a emergere dalla foschia delle ceneri che hanno messo in ginocchio più di una generazione. Coral Glynn è una giovane infermiera impiegata a villa Hart, dove assiste la padrona di casa oramai prossima alla...more
Synopsis: A visiting nurse moves in with an old lady and her (closeted gay) son. The old lady dies, and the son proposes marriage to the nurse. There are a series of plot twists and revelations that some critics and readers find appealing.
I was surprised the novel received such positive reviews. The writing was competent, but the character development was lame, and the dialogue was super-lame... like it tr...more
There’s plenty unstated — and much misunderstood — in “Coral Glynn,” a delicate, deliberate story whose quiet surface belies its complex depths.
The novel begins in 1950, when Coral Glynn, a nurse, is hired to care...more
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