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4.32  ·  Rating details ·  3,480 ratings  ·  180 reviews
Джеймс Броуди никога не е молил за услуга, нито е бил сервилен угодник. Благородната кръв, която тече във вените му, го е издигнала на върха. Тази кръв на предците му винаги ще се проявява, тя няма да му измени и в сегашните изпитания. Но каква ще бъде цената, която ще трябва да плати за безумната си устременост към деня, когато безпрепятствено ще може да даде воля на неуд ...more
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Published 2005 by Калпазанов (first published 1931)
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Vit Babenco
Dec 29, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hatter’s Castle is written in the melodramatic style of Victorian novel. The language of the tale is vivid and rich. The narration is laden with the nervous suspense and keeps progressing as a cruel and tragic farce.
“‘Yes, that’s it,’ said the Hatter with a sigh: ‘it ’s always tea-time, and we’ve no time to wash the things between whiles.’” Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll
The title of the novel is an apparent reference to the classical personage and the tale begins at the teatim
☘Misericordia☘ ⚡ϟ⚡⛈⚡☁ ❇️❤❣
Was scared and rescared, depressed and redepressed by this novel many times. A non-stop journey through heart-wrenching misery. A study in anger. A masterpiece of a novel. A must read for any psychologist. Highly recommend it for people who are willing to learn about dinamics of disfunctional families across generations.

Written beautifully on the topic of life from which the only escape is death. Some people manage to create such lives for their closest ones, without meaning to. Just because th
Anna Kļaviņa
Cronin wrote and destroyed his firsts drafts of this story while working on it. Finally in 1931 Hatter's Castle, Cronin's first novel, was published.

Meet the Brodie family: James Brodie and his wife Margaret Brodie, their children Matthew, Mary, Nessie and Mr Brodie's mother. In the story we see how the family is broken and destroyed by the tyrannical Brodie.

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Nhi Nguyễn
OMG, after reading many sentimental romance novels that brought me to tears, fantasy/dystopian novels what wowed me with their endless actions, finally there is a book that really truly angered me! And the feeling of being angered, compared to other feelings I've got from reading books up to now, is still awesome as hell!

I don't know what character I hate the most: James Brodie himself, his wife or his son - Matthew Brodie.

First up, James Brodie - "the star" of the novel. He was an extremely del
Apr 13, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not a book that I would recommend. It was so very depressing and just hard to get through as the main character "Brodie" engulfed the whole book and this character had not one redeeming quality.

This was one of A.J. Cronin's earlier works and leaves a lot to be desired in his writing ability.
Nov 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what an emotional journey. I was wrought out from the very beginning. now I'm going to hide out in my blanket fort for a day or two. ...more
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greatly underrated.
Being a long term Mr Cronin's fan ever since my younger years, I must say that this is his best book.
His writing and his narrating skills were amazing.
The best thing, though, was the characters development.
First off, let me start with a talk about, the main character, the "Hatter" himself, Mr James Brodie.
Selfish, abusive, self indulged man who ruined his family and his life. He was racist, believed to c0me from a rather uneducated family, and therefore he believed in power,
Aug 02, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book definitely captures the turmoil uf a dysfunctional family, whose members are slowly destroyed by the singular ambition of the head of the family:James Brodie.

Basically,this book is about loss:loss of innocence, loss of succes, loss of family,loss of self-respect, loss of everything that truly matters and shapes us into what we are.

The characters are all tormented in their own way,and yet they choose to rather turn a blind eye to their problems instead of trying to fix them. There is no
Jul 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: brits
This is a quite interesting novel with a clear moral. It is basically telling in every page "Look what it can happen for those that have a high self esteem doubled by vanity and a big amount of stupidity". This is why I believe it is mostly a good reading for teenagers. I consider myself a teenager as well, although biologically this is not entirely true, so I enjoyed the novel as if I would have read it 10 years ago. ...more
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
excellent novel, one of the best ever written
Mar 13, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-j-cronin
So after reading approximately 23 books and novellas of A J Cronin (I think I have three left unread) I finally got to Hatter's Castle. I had put it off for so long, frankly because I knew it was his first, I had heard it was horribly depressing, and I have so few left I try to space them out.

Well I'm not sure what it says about me but I actually thoroughly enjoyed this. Yes, depressing things happen but it is the result of a single person, not the whole cast. Mr Brodie is a narcissistic, mega
Caroline Cairn
Dec 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, classics
I read this book a looong time ago, so although the storyline is now a bit fuzzy in my head, I still remember the heart wrenching, tear jerker scenes in it. There are a lot. They come one after the other, relentlessly, but as you never expect them to happen, the sorrow in them is always ever so raw.
The ending has a HEA. But of course, it's surrounded by more death, guilt, destruction and utter loss. This is the first book that made me feel pity and sadness at the very end for a character that
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club, 2013
The cover flap compares the writing of this first book of A. J. Cronin with Dickens.

I found this book to have well drawn characters and beautiful descriptions, but the narrative is much more compelling than that of Dickens.

It is a story of a self obsessed and cruel father who is the cause of his own downfall, but also sadly, of all his family.

The plot is shocking yet totally plausible and shows the weaknesses and delusions of mankind and how victims can be ground down so that they in turn becom
Jan 28, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
*** means I liked it, but I didn't like it. The stars are because of his writing and storytelling ability and character development. But you'll be hard pressed to find a book as depressing as this one. The Judas Tree comes close. It is another of his writings.
A mean tempered louse, full of pride and horrible treatment of his family as what James Brodie is all about. 600 pgs. of doom and gloom. It is AJ Cronin's first book. There are some good people in the book, thankfully, which overshadow th
I read it in spring and i still cant stop thinking about it. The writing is unbelievably detailed and beautiful,the story-breathtaking and keeps your attention with a million surprising plot twists.
I felt so much reading this,anger,fear,sadness. Sure it's not the happiest and light-hearted of novels but definentley worth a read,because even if you don't like the story you can enjoy Cronins amaizing writing
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my favorites. Story, language, charakters - amazing combination.
Oct 15, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Like Dicken's ,Cronin is a master story-teller. He drew the figure of Jams Brodie vividly, who is a man filled with greed , lust, & vanity. It is a dark story . It can be depressing to read due to Brodie's cruelty, especially to his family. . ...more
Pamela Rodgers
Feb 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was the first grown up book I read in my early teens and I have been a Cronin Fan ever since. I have over the years re-read this and other Cronin books and for me he is a master of story telling. Hatters Castle is one of my best ever books!
Alexandra G
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of book that makes you say "Uff... why in earth did he do that?". It is close to perfect. It is a thriler, a drama, a personality and parenting war. ...more
Nov 29, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good book. A little dark and depressing but worth reading.
Jan 03, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Hatter's Casle", by A.J. Cronin, is nothing short of a narrative masterpiece, albeit one cursed by the tragedy of its characters. There is not necessarily a central character, but you could say everything revolves around James Brodie, a hatter who is also an abusive father/husband/son. Pretty much the most toxic person you can think of. To be honest, at some points it feels exaggerated, as no normal person would be so ridiculously toxic, I mean even toxic people have their own "other toxic peop ...more
Neil McKinlay
Apr 30, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
AJ Cronin, Hatters Castle, Franklin Classic, (1931), Little, Brown and Company, Boston, 1947. (Facsimile 605 pages.)

AJ Cronin is a master of articulation. This finely crafted masterpiece of Scottish literature twists and turns like the swollen and fast-flowing River Leven between Loch Lomond and Dumbarton, in which latter town the dreich, dour, and depressing tale is mostly told. But, fear not! Though the subject matter is harrowing, the writing is magnificent! And, th
Stephen Rowland
May 15, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read many, many novels populated with terrible characters, but I have never hated a fictional character more than the titular "hatter" here, James Brodie. Cronin's lengthy (nearly 600 pages) novel is at heart a melodrama; it is not a work of art yet it is better than many. The writing is somewhat flowery, very much of its time (1931), yet there were long stretches when I couldn't stop myself reading this book, putting away 100 pages at a sitting, which is incredibly rare for me. Cronin's ...more
Andreea Gunea
Oct 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Best book I have ever read even though it is very hard to read it because of the cruelty of the main character. It is about a toxic father and the consequences that his behaviour has on his family. It made me feel so much anger and frustration. I thought about it all the time even when I wasn’t reading it and I will still think about it for a long time. The course of the story is very well structured. It never gets boring and it is very hard to stop reading it.
Shaghaf Awad
Finally! I AM DONE!
Never in my life have I read anything this depressing. All bad traits imaginable are there in the main character. Arrogant man, horrible husband, bad son, dominating father, unfriendly neighbor, unjust employer, clumsy employee and a rude business owner! Two horns on his head and he would be the devil himself.
I like that karama worked in the end.
Smruti Pattanaik
Characters are well-developed. Plot is good. Predictable in the kind of way you see a car crash happening in front of you but you can't look away. You know what is going to happen but you still wait around to see how it unfolds.

This book gave me so much anxiety.
this book is too sad and depressing even for me
Feb 19, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cronin master portrait painter in words. This is a superb book of “what goes on behind closed doors” despite everything in the end you feel sorry for the hatter’s crushing defeat
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Archibald Joseph Cronin was a Scottish novelist, dramatist, and non-fiction writer who was one of the most renowned storytellers of the twentieth century. His best-known works are The Citadel and The Keys of the Kingdom, both of which were made into Oscar-nominated films. He also created the Dr. Finlay character, the hero of a series of stories that served as the basis for the long-running BBC tel ...more

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