It tells the story of a chauffeur who falls in love with an aristocratic woman. As in his other book, it speaks of the class system that separates people's true natures and feelings with imaginary rules of behaviour. Our main character is a disciplined , world savvy and hard working individual, who prides himself on his working class achievements which he accomplishes according to plan. It’s about class and love. I bought it in a second hand stall in a very small town in the south west of Spain. Please try again. Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 29, 2019. What a beautiful sad story. The writing and psychological play are exquisitely designed. Supercilious, cynical and misogynous, he despises and distrusts most everybody. http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/oclc\/8137968> ; http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/title\/-\/oclc\/8137968>. Dramatised by Judith Adams from the novel by L.P.Hartley. Though The Go Between is his masterpeice, Reviewed in the United States on September 25, 2015. http:\/\/purl.oclc.org\/dataset\/WorldCat> ; http:\/\/www.worldcat.org\/title\/-\/oclc\/8137968#PublicationEvent\/london_hamilton1957>. I loved this story right up to the climax but the atonement part was far too long snd spoiled the book for me. This , only the second Hartley I have read, moved me greatly and inspired my writing. Copyright © 2020 Apple Inc. All rights reserved. Leider ist ein Problem beim Speichern Ihrer Cookie-Einstellungen aufgetreten. Upon reflection, however, I appreciate that the arc of Leabitter's evolution makes sense. But the craft and the art of the writing itself win me over. Gewöhnlich versandfertig in 3 bis 4 Tagen. Something went wrong. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The E-mail message field is required. The main character was so unlikeable I ended up skipping through the second half! It is about class differences and frustrated ambition. Thorne's controlled portrayal of Leadbitter's emotional turmoil and final transformation is especially convincing and conveys the novel's somewhat heavy-handed message on the evils of the British class system. He in turn beguiles her with stories of his nonexistent wife and children thereby weaning her from. Great author. 14 I am the good shepherd; and I know My sheep, and am known by My own. After viewing product detail pages, look here to find an easy way to navigate back to pages you are interested in. Some features of WorldCat will not be available. The main character, the hireling chauffeur of the tale, is a man who has kept his tender feelings so encased in a strait jacket that he is undermined when they begin to break the stifling bonds he has crested. 2 Personen fanden diese Informationen hilfreich, As good as The Go Between, just brilliant, Rezension aus dem Vereinigten Königreich vom 14. The story revolves around a small set of 4 characters. Psychologically acute. July 27th 1989 "The Hireling" was made into a 1973 film starring Sarah Miles and Robert Shaw. WorldCat is the world's largest library catalog, helping you find library materials online. Though The Go Between is his masterpeice, The Hireling is an acute critique of Britain's class system. A chauffeur falls for the wealthy young widow who hires him during her grieving.Hartley was an expert storyteller and it's a shame that he's been largely forgotten. J P Hartley is the master of subtle feelings and this story explores them fully. 15 As the Father knows Me, even so I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. We’d love your help. As in his other book, it speaks of the class system that separates people's true natures and feelings with imaginary rules of behaviour. I don't understand why The Hireling was compared so favourably with The Go-Between. Please try again. This is a better book than the film which it inspired. Leadbitter, who has often been hired by Hughie to pick up his mistress Constance, is justly horrified when he understands that Hughie intends to carry on with her even after marrying Ernestine. But he gets his timing wrong, because Ernestine is not quite ready to open herself to love yet, and his love for her hasn't yet cleansed him of his cynicism. I really liked this. The Lady in the tale is the opposite, a emotionally confused and naive character who needs waking up to reality. Both their lives are irrevocably altered when Leadbitter attempts to cross class lines and make his fantasies come true. He has a fantastic feel of Englishness, as defined by the upstairs-downstairs divide. Stephen Thorne's narration is smooth and nicely paced with just the right touch of foreboding. At first I found it hard to believe Leadbitter would hesitate so long before sending Ernestine an anonymous letter when it is clear that Hughie is unworthy of Ernestine. To calculate the overall star rating and percentage breakdown by star, we don’t use a simple average. Many books will pale against The Go-Between and a book by the same author would probably suffer even more in comparison. Please select Ok if you would like to proceed with this request anyway. Into his life comes a sweet and foolish young widow who can't forgive herself for having been at a cocktail party when her rich husband had a fatal heart-attack.
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