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3.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 53.92 out of 5 3.92 (24 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Patrick Hamilton Narrator: Julian Rhind Tutt Publisher: CSA Word Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2008 ISBN:
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George Harvey Bone has an obsession with the pretty small-time actress Netta. He also drinks heavily and suffers from dark moods, where he enters a trance-like state and can't remember what has happened. Throw Netta's often-cruel treatment of him into the mix, and drama beckons.

Patrick Hamilton's best-known novel, which is thought to have autobiographical aspects, is an in turn shocking and touching tale of unrequited love and just desserts. Lonely George is driven to the brink by a combination of drink, psychological disorder, and obsession, although a listener cannot help but feel sympathy for him. Download and start listening now!

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eliane | 2/19/2014

    " A very powerful novel. The griminess of London and the sordid wasteful life led by George and the other characters are palpable. Hamilton creates a psychopathic hero who draws such sympathy from the reader - I was desperate for him to kill the awful Netta. And I found the small important moments of kindness and sympathy incredibly upsetting - glimpses of another world which you know George will never live in. Not a pleasant read but very fulfilling and I would definitely recommend you read this boo "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 2/8/2014

    " If you become giddy with excitement waiting for the next issue of The New Yorker to be published so you can dive into the prose, you'll like this book. To be sure, Hamilton knew what the hell he was doing as a writer. There aren't a lot of laughs here; all the characters are tragic and, in some cases, so beyond pathetic it was hard for me to care. In the end, however, the trudge through was worth it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Chris | 2/6/2014

    " Well done but depressing! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeremiah Connor | 1/25/2014

    " One of my all time favourites this, a book you find yourself shouting at in public. It's characters truth is perfect. A perfect and relatable decent into madness. Wonderful "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leonie | 1/18/2014

    " The writing is quite good, but it's not the kind that compensates for any lack in the story. I didn't like the story much, so at times this was a bit of a chore. It's about a man who is in love with a woman he knows is worthless and mean (Hamilton helpfully clarifies with authorly authority that she has no real consciousness and is a fish, not a human being) and has no affection for him, but hangs around her all the time anyway. As well as being generally hopeless, he is suffering from a mental illness which involves "dead" moods in which he plans killing this woman. Because these moods are intermittent and he has no memory of them when in his right mind, it takes the length of the book for what we know is going to happen to happen. It all seemed a bit like we were supposed to wish Netta dead for not appreciating George. Petty and misogynistic, in other words. (Indeed, looking at other reviews, it seems many readers did want the nice man to kill the nasty woman.) And the descriptions of George's dead moods were repetitive. But there were some scenes that livened the book up, and it's always interesting to see that other ages could be just as seedy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martinxo | 1/18/2014

    " A somewhat strange book but one well worth reading. I enjoyed the setting of London just before the outbreak of WW2, the booze, the edgy psychosis. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tim | 12/13/2013

    " Another book by Hamilton that starts slow but soon becomes compulsive page-tuning. Like 'The Slaves of Solitude' this is another tale of a downtrodden protagonist and those who victimise. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Esther | 12/5/2013

    " Fantastic. This is a book that completely draws you in to its atmosphere of seedy, dark, smoky pre-war London. Much like the inebriated characters I didn't always feel 100% convinced by the plot but was content to while away my time in the language and feeling of the book. Hearty recommendation. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Dana | 11/26/2013

    " This book made me feel like I needed a shower...groan, eyeroll and ugh. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ernest Margitta | 10/4/2013

    " Dark and twisted from the outset. I felt drenched in london fog and booze through-out "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charlotte | 11/10/2012

    " Totally formative for me, never read anything like it, the drab dreariness of repeating cycles, the pathos, London and Brighton, and the cat playing piano. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paperback Percy London | 9/26/2012

    " Now this is an awesome book. Thought very hard about giving this five stars. Now if you like grim schizo paranoia then read this book. In fact, just read this book, you will love George Harvey Bone. Click. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit Fox | 4/5/2012

    " Damn, i've known a few boozy losers like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doilum | 3/22/2012

    " Despite George's loneliness, desperation and humiliation, his directionless, pointless existence and the agony of his unrequited love for Netta, I was still jealous of him because he sits in the pub all day drinking. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Camille | 2/4/2012

    " nerve-wracking, gripping and sad tale of a sad-faced man in the run-down bars of earl's court, london, just before the outbreak of wwii. he's hung up on some trollop, and a mysterious darkness threatens to consume. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel | 12/6/2011

    " Loved it. Even love how it ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ann O'Connell | 10/5/2011

    " While I don't think I could read anything else written by Hamilton, I thought it a very good novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 6/28/2011

    " I would have gone to the farm with him. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dobromir Harrison | 5/26/2011

    " This book contains one of the most realistic and sad portrayals of depression I've read. It also has a playful edge to it, particularly when dealing with the protagonist's schizophrenia. Highly recommended. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sloane | 2/27/2011

    " A grim, depressing, brilliantly written little novel. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Maureen | 2/25/2011

    " Second book I've read in a row which did the 'fictional plot climax coincides with the historical outbreak of war' thing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracey | 2/1/2011

    " Hmmmm......well. Not what I expected. I read a good review of this in The Lady so borrowed it from the Library. Its very repetitive, predictable and frustrating. I didn't like any of the characters and had no sympathy for George. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kit | 1/10/2011

    " Damn, i've known a few boozy losers like this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathryn | 2/1/2010

    " I wasn't sure what to expect from this; the title made me think it was an amiable social novel about hard-drinking slackers, but it was much harder-edged, disturbing and pathetic in a completely inevitable and circular way. "

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