By Patrick Hamilton
England in the midst of global conflict II, a struggle that turns out fated to head on endlessly, a battle that has develop into a lifestyle. Heroic resistance is outdated hat. every thing is in brief offer, and tempers are even shorter. beaten via the terrors and rigors of the Blitz, middle-aged omit Roach has retreated to the relative security and stupefying boredom of the suburban city of Thames Lockdon, the place she rents a room in a boarding condo run via Mrs. Payne. There the savvy, brilliant, first rate, yet all-too-meek pass over Roach endures the dinner-table interrogations of Mr. Thwaites and seeks to alleviate her solitude by way of going out ingesting and necking with a wayward American lieutenant. existence is sort of bearable till Vicki Kugelmann, a seeming pal, strikes into the adjoining room. That’s while omit Roach’s issues relatively begin.
Recounting an epic conflict of wills within the claustrophobic confines of the boarding apartment, Patrick Hamilton’s The Slaves of Solitude, with a delightfully inconceivable heroine, is without doubt one of the most interesting and funniest books ever written concerning the trials of a lonely center.