The Room Upstairs
A grim, relentless story, with touches of the macabre, about a proud woman hanging grimly on to what is left of her well-remembered past; a mad woman ready to kill to preserve her peace of mind
Published October 28th 2011 by Bloomsbury Reader
(first published 1966)
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I found this book in the street in San Francisco along with a pile of other books, I picked up this one because the cover was just amazing. I felt like reading a sort of trashy creepy book that I thought would probably be quite formulaic in style and I could read before bed. This turned out to be a very strange book. I surprised myself by being actually quite interested until the end. I just found it entertaining, some of the descriptive prose was hilarious in its awkwardness and then some parts...more
Feb 29, 2012 Patricia rated it 3 of 5 stars · review of another edition
This novel started out wonderfully with the character in the very sympathetic plight of having her family farm divided by a freeway. But it got weird. First in an enjoyably uncanny way. By the end things stretched credibility too far. Or maybe it seemed the characters got offered up to wit. I have a hard time pointing out what exactly didn't work about the ugh ending.
From the publisher: MONICA DICKENS, born in 1915, was brought up in London. Her mother's German origins and her Catholicism gave her the detached eye of an outsider; at St Paul's Girls' School she was under occupied and rebellious. After drama school she was a debutante before working as a cook. One Pair of Hands (1937), her first book, described life in the kitchens of Kensington. It was the firs...moreMore about Monica Dickens...