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Leave Cancelled

2.33  ·  Rating details ·  3 ratings  ·  1 review
Tey had 21 hours in which to be together. They were to have ad more, but at the last moment his leave was cancelled. So they had but 21 hours in which to savor the full quality of their relationship - in which to talk, to laugh, to understand and forgive, in which to love with all te passion of first fulfillment. For this brief span of time was a sweet-sad miniature both o ...more
Hardcover, First, 124 pages
Published September 20th 1945 by Alfred A. Knopf, New York (first published January 1st 1945)
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Stephen B
Feb 17, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2016, _english
What a strange and unexpected little novella this is, somewhat frank and racy for its time (1945) - something I’d imagine would be “banned in Boston”. Who knew Monsarrat would have written this?

The novel takes the form of a letter written by a man to his wife, describing the last 20 hours or so they spent together in London on their honeymoon (which was cut short) before he was sent away overseas to fight the war. I would imagine it had a lot of resonance at the time for young newlyweds separate
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Born on Rodney Street in Liverpool, Monsarrat was educated at Winchester and Trinity College, Cambridge. He intended to practise law. The law failed to inspire him, however, and he turned instead to writing, moving to London and supporting himself as a freelance writer for newspapers while writing four novels and a play in the space of five years (1934–1939). He later commented in his autobiograph ...more