ß Of Love and Hunger Ý Download by Þ Julian Maclaren-Ross

ß Of Love and Hunger Ý Download by Þ Julian Maclaren-Ross The lives and loves of a vacuum cleaner salesman and his married paramour, Suki, in a depressed pre war Britain Naturally the love affair isn t all plain sailing, but it is as much a novel about the people and the times as it is about the affair It isn t a hopeful novel It is life lived at the very edge of poverty where love isn t so much a grand illumination as light relief from the grinding greyness of a day where the future is always uncertain Will there be enough money to pay the landlady, to eat, to buy cigarettes and maybe for a cheap date at the movies or the zoo War looms, but again, it is the future, and today is another day to be got through.
Julian Maclaren Ross has written a good contribution to the very British genre of boarding house literature, along with John Braine s Room At The Top, Lynne Reid Bank s The L Shaped Room, Muriel Spark s wonde The story in front about vacuum salesmen and failed love is a bit lean, but the larger background themes remain frighteningly fresh and relevant Not exactly a compelling read, but I liked it overall Label resistant and genre bending Try to imagine Patrick Hamilton between the wars English boardinghouse and pub settings love obsessed, socially marginalized narrator political themes with a socialist leaning viewpoint mixed with James M Cain jaded tough guy protagonist clipped, vernacular laden, hardboiled prose and J D Salinger lots of swearing lone wolf narrator direct confessional narration Similar to all three of these authors in some aspects but, taken as a whole, not like any of them at allThe tea room was full of women sort that lived on big estates behind the town, in square white villas with long windows and hardwood floors and steel and glass furniture you know the type B Desde el comienzo, la novela aparece narrada con la convicci n de una obra maestra La voz nos va llevando y no lo podemos dejar Extraordinario desarrollo de los personajes con breves pinceladas descriptivas, pero sobre todo a trav s de las escenas Maravilloso.
Set in pre war South England, a door to door vacuum cleaner salesman called Fanshawe is asked by his mate to look after his wife Sukie while he s away at sea The naivet of some folk, eh Fanshawe and Sukie end up having an affair, but, with the ever encroaching spectre of war and the uptight morals of 1930s British society, what will become of their love On paper, Of Love and Hunger sounds like a mundane romance novel but Julian Maclaren Ross s witty and unique storytelling, crystal clear social realism, cracking dialogue and sharp characterisation turns it into something special Though it was published in 1947, it still reads very well today the only problem I had was with the currency which was all bob this and guinea that no cl I came to this book having read Paul Willetts s biography of Soho legend, Julian Maclaren Ross, Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia His was a hand to mouth existence, and for anyone interested in the 1940s, and literary London is well worth reading Of Love and Hunger , Maclaren Ross s first full length novel, draws on his own experiences of living in Bognor Regis and working for Electrolux in Hove as a door to door vacuum salesman In common with Patrick Hamilton, this is a world of casual work, drinkers, hardship and boarding houses The story takes place during 1939 War looms and Maclaren Ross evokes the sense of impending doom and transience I really enjoyed it Well observed characters populate the main story of a doomed love affair, that also features pettiness, snobbery, fascism, misanthropy, and humour Whilst not quite up there with Ha Una novela extraordinaria Richard y Sukie componen una historia inolvidable Tan actual lo que le ocurre a Richard con su trabajo , hoy podr a ser repartidor Est narrada con una pasi n que resulta todo veros mil, y no la pod s dejar Le creo todo a esa primera persona Llegu a conmoverme en muchos pasajes The Key Literary Figure In The Pubs Of Post War Fitzrovia, Maclaren Ross Pulled Together His Dispersed Energies To Write Two Great books The Posthumously Published Memoirs Of The Forties And This Spectacular Novel Of The Depression, Of Love and Hunger Harsh, Vivid, Louche, And Slangy, It Deserves A Permanent Place Alongside Coming Up For Air And Hangover Square Well, to be completely honest with you, I had even forgotten I bought this one on a second hand books purchasing spree in Paris.
Then, as soon as I ve seen the novel on my bookshelves stuck in between scores of moth eaten Penguin titles by David Lodge and George Orwell, I remembered how excited I was when I found it back in France.
I will be partial in this review.
As a matter of fact, there s no other place and time in literature which I likethan England between the 1930s and 1940s In a span of 15 years and a radius of 100 miles from London novelists such as the aforementioned Orwell, Graham Greene, Patrick Hamilton, Christopher Isherwood, Evelyn Waugh and P.
G Wodehouse wrote some of the best stuff I ve ever read.
From now onwards, I will make sure to include the name of Julian Macla Julian MacLaren Ross, one of the post war crust taking it upon himself to live a bohemian lifestyle until he found himself on his uppers, much like Derek Raymond would do in the 1980s and how Of Love and Hunger s protagonist Frances Fanshawe chose to live As a door to door vacuum cleaner salesman no less, flitting from job to job, dwelling to dwelling, debt to debt with a never to be forgotten past that haunts him but is ony hinted at There s a lost love, a lost career, a lost father, a lost self respect hidden in there somewhere, informing the actions of a wannabe writer who accidentally discovers the remarkable terse, lean prose of James M Cain and you get the feeling that the boundaries between author and protagonist blurthan is usual in these novels about authors I can t help but be reminded, as others have been before me, of Patrick Hamilton, of Evelyn Waugh, of the less religiou She d dropped an awful brick at the shop somebody d slammed the door behind her, and thinking it was Warren, she d said For Christ s sake make less din, you silly bitch Turned around and it was old Morecombe instead Not so hot, he being a pious old bastard and a churchwarden to boot Thought she d get the sack at first, but all she got was a long lecture on ladies using bad language and the decadence of modern youth in general How smashing is that How about My heart sank when I first saw Miss Purves, the new interviewer Sort of old girl you d see at a charity bazaar Straggly grey hair, face like the Wolf playing Grandma Frock about 1880 and a Queen Mary toque Grey woollen gloves and rubbery shoes There s another bit where he has a wank Loved it.
This was quoted from Auden and MacNeice s Letters From Iceland Adventurers, thou

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