Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky: A London Trilogy (New York Review Books Classics)

Twenty Thousand Streets Under the Sky: A London Trilogy (New York Review Books Classics)

Patrick Hamilton


Patrick Hamilton might be most sensible recognized now for the performs Rope and Gaslight and for the vintage Alfred Hitchcock and George Cukor videos they encouraged, yet in his heyday he was once no much less recognized for his brooding stories of London lifestyles. that includes a Dickensian forged of pubcrawlers, prostitutes, lowlifes, and simply simple losers who're searching for love--or simply an ear to bend--Hamilton's novels are a triumph of deft characterization, offbeat humor, not likely compassion, and uncooked suspense. in recent times, Hamilton has passed through a impressive revival, along with his champions together with Doris Lessing, David hotel, Nick Hornby, and Sarah Waters.

Twenty Thousand Streets below the Sky is a story of obsession and betrayal that facilities on a seedy pub in a run-down half of London. Bob the waiter skimps and saves and fantasizes approximately writing a novel, until eventually he falls for the gorgeous prostitute Jenny and blows all of it. Kindly Ella, Bob's co-worker, adores Bob, yet is condemned to get pleasure from not anything greater than the attentions of the unbearable Mr. Eccles; Jenny, out in the street, is out of affection, wish, and cash. We watch with pity and horror as those 3 susceptible and but compellingly traditional humans meet and play out sour comedies of longing and frustration.

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