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The Harness Room

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Fergus Macready, nervous, hypersensitive and fond of study, is, at the age of seventeen, the antithesis of his father, a retired Colonel, widowed twelve years before. A hot tempered, firey looking little man, the Colonel sees in Fergus his mother's replica. But as his wife's image fades from his mind and he decides to remarry, the Colonel becomes obsessed with the idea ...more
Hardcover, 132 pages
Published 1971 by Hamish Hamilton
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John
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A short novel and a fascinating one. Again, I suspect it's autobiographical and introspective which makes it even more interesting here.

It is quite dark – more than a hint of sadomasochism. I also found it moving. I think I'm right in believing Hartley to be, like me, a devotee of Hawthorne? and I felt there were shades of him here (Hawthorne's short stories – eg. The Birthmark and Rapaccini's Daughter).

Hartley's work has found itself on the big and smaller screen more than once – The Go-Between
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