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
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
Peter Cameron writes some luminous prose, but it deserves a better plot lin...more
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
In the end they all find their place, their comfort zones, which is far more befitting for each indi...more
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.
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