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The Hireling By L.P. Hartley,

  • Title: The Hireling
  • Author: L.P. Hartley
  • ISBN: 9780140183108
  • Page: 169
  • Format: Paperback
  • Emotionally paralyzed by grief at her husband s death, Lady Franklin, an eligible young widow, unburdens herself to Leadbitter a gallant, hard bitten ex soldier who has invested his savings, and himself, in the car he drives for hire as he takes her on a series of journeys He in turn beguiles her with stories of his nonexistent wife and children thereby weaning her fromEmotionally paralyzed by grief at her husband s death, Lady Franklin, an eligible young widow, unburdens herself to Leadbitter a gallant, hard bitten ex soldier who has invested his savings, and himself, in the car he drives for hire as he takes her on a series of journeys He in turn beguiles her with stories of his nonexistent wife and children thereby weaning her from her self absorption, but creating for himself a dreamlife with Lady Franklin at the heart of it Half hoping to make his dream come true, Leadbitter takes a bold step which costs him her company and brings the story to a dramatically unexpected end The Hireling was made into a 1973 film starring Sarah Miles and Robert Shaw.
    The Hireling Emotionally paralyzed by grief at her husband s death Lady Franklin an eligible young widow unburdens herself to Leadbitter a gallant hard bitten ex soldier who has invested his savings and himse

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    1. why do i do it as soon as i notice a hartley book has come back in print, i run right out and i buy it and i read it and now im back to where i started no hartleybut still and all i liked it very much and am glad it is available again , please

    2. From BBC radio 4 Classical Serial Dramatised by Judith Adams from the novel by L.P.Hartley.In this 1957 thriller by the author of The Go Between, L.P.Hartley, ex Sergeant Stephen Leadbitter, raised from an unhappy working class childhood between the wars, is on a peacetime mission to business success as a chauffeur and car for hire.He uniformly despises his clients, especially the ladies, until the young, widowed, naive and immensely rich Lady Franklin hires him to take her on trips to cathedral [...]

    3. Made it halfway through but I m just not feeling this, I really don t like the main character and that s a drag But who knows, some day I may run out of books and will pick it up again

    4. This book starts very well and steadily gathers momentum until, about half way through, it becomes a bit less convincing The story revolves around a small set of 4 characters Steven Leadbitter, a former soldier whose pent up aggressiveness is a bit of a liability in civilian life, has invested all his savings in the purchase of a car and is determined to make a success of his new career as a driver for hire Supercilious, cynical and misogynous, he despises and distrusts most everybody Into his l [...]

    5. Just a few pages in he used one of my favorite phrases the old moon in the new moon s arms AND I learned a new word martinet If you know what that means off the top of your head, I ll give you a cookie.I had four goals today.1 Plan and wear an outfit built around my new velour sweatshirt with the fox logo.2 Make a mother culture for cheese.3 Finish this book.4 PIZZA Thanks to everyone who helps me live my dreams every day A special thanks to Leslie Poles Hartley for writing such a funny, strange [...]

    6. Such a disappointment after The Go Between Leadbitter develops into an intriguing character over the first two chapters in contrast with the insipid Lady Franklin, then, suddenly, the narrative changes tone and direction.

    7. Wonderfully sad book 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.

    8. 4.5 StarsThe British writer L P Hartley is perhaps best known for his novel The Go Between 1953 , a beautifully written story of a young boy s loss of innocence set against the backdrop of a blistering English summer It is a book of many contrasts perhaps most notably, the divisions between the classes, the barriers and conventions that can stand in the way of relationships between people from markedly different social backgrounds Hartley explores this theme again in The Hireling as an emotional [...]

    9. L.P Hartley writes using sharp, biting metaphors He has a fantastic feel of Englishness, as defined by the upstairs downstairs divide This makes a very good reading The book hasn t aged gracefully and still delivers Highly recommended, if you re interested in the way the English used to go around amorous matters These days we supposedly live in a classless society, partly because the titled new generation quite often has no class at all Just read the papers.

    10. An intimately scaled novel that pulls you into the divergent minds of two people in a strange and sad relationship Psychologically acute.

    11. After being blown away by the brilliance of The Go Between I launched straight into The Hireling and in retrospect that probably wasn t fair Many books will pale against The Go Between and a book by the same author would probably suffer even in comparison The Hireling certainly isn t a bad book, there is some lovely insight into the minds of the two main characters, but when push comes to shove I m afraid I found it difficult to care about either of them very much.

    12. Found the first few pages rather bland and uninterestingbut I gradually got sucked in parts I found some of the plot most improbable and I had to keep reminding myself of the time it was taking place inbut on the whole I rather enjoyed iowever I don t think it comparable to his The Go Between

    13. 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 Like most men he has a misogenic view of women This is the story of how his world unravels when he unexpectedly falls in love.

    14. More 3 and a half I think, after loving The Go Between and The Shrimp and the Anemone , my expectations were just astronomically high, and this just didn t quite meet them I did enjoy it a lot, and the characters were very interesting, but this was nothing phenomenal.

    15. An abridged BBC R4 dramatisation, but it reminded me of a well loved read from my teenage years A real pleasure

    16. T rk eye kiral k biri olarak evrilmi bu kitap ba yla sonuyla Ye il am filmlerinin fikir babalar ndan birisi olabilir.

    17. The main character was so unlikeable I ended up skipping through the second half It s a shame because I have fond memories of The Go Between.

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