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Flight Into Camden

3.24  ·  Rating details ·  42 ratings  ·  7 reviews
This moving story is recounted by Margaret, the daughter of a Yorshire miner, who falls in love with a married teacher and goes to live with him in a room in Camden Town, London. Many critics have observed and almost lawrentian fidelity in the descriptions of their love-making and the intricacies of their emotional responses to one another. But in the end family ties prove ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published 1982 by Jonathan Cape Ltd. (first published 1961)
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Jun 18, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
One of those books that I would have loved to quit, but instead I suffered through till the end.

It is hard to pinpoint what makes this such a poor read. It has definitely aged badly. While the themes the writer tries to convey here are quite universal, their setting and the characters just never really connect. They would be believable in a medieval fantasy setting, or a novel set in the 19th century, but somehow not in this one. Maybe we are still too close to these times?

The language is simply
May 10, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Terminally dull story about the 'love' affair ( and I say that cautiously) between two mind numbingly boring people who run off to live in London because they're having an 'affair' ( I say that tentatively, there's no passion there). This was no doubt shocking in the 1960's (an era which now seems like light years away ) but has much less impact in 'modern' times. The reader has no concern for any of the characters, as they're presented like cardboard cutouts.
I think the author overstretched hi
Martin Boyle
May 31, 2016 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This book shows its age - it feels really dated.

There were some interesting bits - as one review noted, there is a Lawrentian feel of the various relationships and there are good descriptions of industrial grime.

Where I felt it go wrong was the lack of any sort of empathy between the characters - given the narrator is female and Storey's attempt does not really ring true. The woodenness of the relationships made me wonder why there was any draw of attraction. The story's development followed the
Jan 02, 2016 rated it liked it
“Flight into Camden” was first published in 1960. It is set initially in a grimy mining area on the outskirts of Manchester, a setting Story knew well because he was the son of a miner and first in his family to go to university. The main narrator is Margaret, daughter of a working miner. She and her two brothers were allowed to complete their schooling and the two brothers Michael and Alec have continued on to university, and have careers when the book starts as a university teacher and a chemi ...more
Apr 05, 2007 rated it really liked it
Its chilly starting at the funeral of the grandfather is not forgettable...
Ryan Williams
Jul 25, 2015 rated it liked it
Not bad, but preferred This Sporting Life.
Apr 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
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This book was extremely boring. I'm just glad I'm through. And I honestly don't know what else I could say about it. It was just boring.
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David Storey was an English playwright, screenwriter, award-winning novelist and a former professional rugby league player. Storey was born in Wakefield, Yorkshire in 1933, and studied at the Slade School of Art. His first two novels were both published in 1960, a few months apart: This Sporting Life, which won the Macmillan Fiction Award and was adapted for an award-winning 1963 film, and Flight ...more