Slaves of Solitude

ISBN-10: 1590172205
ISBN-13: 9781590172209
Edition: 2007
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Description: England in the middle of World War II, a war that seems fated to go on forever, a war that has become a way of life. Heroic resistance is old hat. Everything is in short supply, and tempers are even shorter. Overwhelmed by the terrors and rigors of  More...

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List price: $15.95
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 2/20/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 256
Size: 5.06" wide x 7.95" long x 0.58" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

England in the middle of World War II, a war that seems fated to go on forever, a war that has become a way of life. Heroic resistance is old hat. Everything is in short supply, and tempers are even shorter. Overwhelmed by the terrors and rigors of the Blitz, middle-aged Miss Roach has retreated to the relative safety and stupefying boredom of the suburban town of Thames Lockdon, where she rents a room in a boarding house run by Mrs. Payne. There the savvy, sensible, decent, but all-too-meek Miss Roach endures the dinner-table interrogations of Mr. Thwaites and seeks to relieve her solitude by going out drinking and necking with a wayward American lieutenant. Life is almost bearable until Vicki Kugelmann, a seeming friend, moves into the adjacent room. That' s when Miss Roach' s troubles really begin. Recounting an epic battle of wills in the claustrophobic confines of the boarding house, Patrick Hamilton' s "The Slaves of Solitude," with a delightfully improbable heroine, is one of the finest and funniest books ever written about the trials of a lonely heart.

NAME: Clement David Obadiah Williams NICKNAME: Bouncin' DATE OF BIRTH: August 13, 1948 PLACE OF BIRTH: Caribbean Island of St. Kitts, Federation of St. Kitts and Nevis. NATIONALITY: Kittitian MARITAL STATUS: Married (Wife- Cynthia Veronica Williams nee Cotton). CHILDREN: 1 Son (Engineer) and 1 Daughter (Lawyer) CAREERE HIGHLIGHTS • Teacher - High School and College for 27 years(Mathematics and Chemistry) • Curriculum Development Officer for 8 years(Science and Technology) • Examiner in Chemistry – Caribbean Examination Council (1984 – 1994) • Construction Management ( Lennox Warner and Partners LTD) • Real Estate and Property Management • Managing Director – Chariot Tours and Taxi Services LTD. • Founder and Artistic Director of THE NATIONAL PLAYERS THEATRE MOVEMENT • Playwright • Author EDUCATION • Mrs. White Pre-School (1951 – 55) • Basseterre Boy's School(19 56 – 60) • Basseterre Senior School (1961) • St. Kitts Nevis Grammar School (1962 – 67) • Basseterre High School (1967 – 68) • University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus Barbados (19 70 – 74 B.Sc. Natural Sciences). • University of Reading, Reading, UK( 19 83 – 84 M. Sc Chemical Education) AWARDS • National Independence award for Education and Culture – 1995 • Ministry of Education Plaque for Dedicated Services in the field of Education (2005) • Ministry of Education Medal of Distinction for distinguished service in Education (2006). • St. Kitts Teachers Union Plaque in recognition for an outstanding career in Education (2005). • Curriculum Development Unit/Teacher Resource Center Plaque for a sterling contribution to Education in St. Kitts and to service to the CDU/TRC.

Writing both literary criticism and novels, British author David Lodge has learned to practice what he teaches. A professor of Modern English literature, both his fiction and nonfiction have found a large readership in the United Kingdom and the United States. To maintain his dual approach to writing, Lodge has attempted to alternate a novel one year and a literary criticism the next throughout his career. Lodge's fiction has been described as good writing with a good laugh, and he is praised for his ability to treat serious subjects sardonically. This comic touch is evident in his first novel, "The Picturegoers" (1960) in which the conflict of Catholicism with sensual desire, a recurrent theme, is handled with wit and intelligence. "How Far Can You Go" (1980) released in United States as "Souls and Bodies" (1982) also examines sexual and religious evolution in a marvelously funny way. "Changing Places: A Tale of Two Campuses" (1975, 1979), based on Lodge's experience in Berkeley as a visiting professor, won the Hawthorne Prize and the Yorkshire Post fiction prize and solidified his reputation in America. Some of the author's other hilarious novels include "Nice Work" (1989), which Lodge adapted into an award-winning television series, and "Therapy" (1995), a sardonic look at mid-life crisis. Lodge's nonfiction includes a body of work begun in 1966 with "The Language of Fiction" and includes "The Art of Fiction: Illustrated from Classic and Modern Texts" (1992) and "The Practice of Writing: Essays, Lectures, Reviews and a Diary"(1996). In a unique approach, he often uses his own works for critical examination and tries to give prospective writers insights into the complex creative process. David John Lodge was born in London on January 28, 1935. He has a B.A. (1955) and M.A (1959) from University College, London and a Ph.D. (1967) and an Honorary Professorship (1987) from the University of Birmingham. Lodge is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

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