Who knew Patrick Hamilton had such a rough, crazy life? Here's a few nuggets I read in his author bio after opening the cover:
His father was a bullyin...moreWho knew Patrick Hamilton had such a rough, crazy life? Here's a few nuggets I read in his author bio after opening the cover:
His father was a bullying alcoholic comedian and historical novelist; his mother, a sometime singer.
After his mother withdrew him from Westminster School at the age of fifteen...
In 1927 Hamilton fell unhappily in love with a prostitute...
In 1932, he was badly injured and permanently disfigured after being hit by a car.
Hamilton died of cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure after a lifetime of heavy drinking.
An alcoholic, asshole dad? Forced to drop out of school at fifteen? Fell in love with a hooker? Disfigured after being hit by a car?? (Further reading showed it was a facial disfigurement-!!!) Pretty much drank himself to death at the age of 58? Damn, Mr. Hamilton, I'm sorry. But at the same time, if any of the above events in any way inspired your writing, I feel almost grateful.
The Slaves of Solitude have some of the most real, identifiable, and loathsome characters I have ever read about. I mean, E-V-E-R. There were so many times reading about Miss Roach and sometimes even Mr. Prest, I felt like I was reading exact thoughts I've had myself. I also have never felt such raw, burning hatred for a character as I did while reading about Vicki Kugelmann. Mildred from Of Human Bondage comes close, but if given the choice, I would rather have a giggling, girly slumber party with Mildred than have to even be in the same room for a minute with VK. Really, she was awful--but believable.
The story itself is great; the descriptions of everything were perfect. I loved that this was my intro into Hamilton's work, which I will now be finding more of, and very soon.(less)
Awesome story! Perfect book for the Lost Book Club. This little book could be read by anyone in one sitting, yet it's very captivating. I highly recom...moreAwesome story! Perfect book for the Lost Book Club. This little book could be read by anyone in one sitting, yet it's very captivating. I highly recommend this one, especially if you're a LOST fan!(less)