The West Pier

The West Pier By Patrick Hamilton, The West Pier Subtle beyond his years and inscrutably malevolent the young Ernest Ralph Gorse hides many unsavoury ambitions beneath his carefully composed veneer On a summer holiday in Brighton with two fellow sc
  • Title: The West Pier
  • Author: Patrick Hamilton
  • ISBN: 9780140074994
  • Page: 449
  • Format: Paperback
  • The West Pier By Patrick Hamilton, Subtle beyond his years and inscrutably malevolent, the young Ernest Ralph Gorse hides many unsavoury ambitions beneath his carefully composed veneer.On a summer holiday in Brighton with two fellow school leavers, Ryan and Bell, Gorse is irresistibly drawn to the lovely but gullible Esther Downes Realising that she and Ryan are strongly attracted to each other, he at firsSubtle beyond his years and inscrutably malevolent, the young Ernest Ralph Gorse hides many unsavoury ambitions beneath his carefully composed veneer.On a summer holiday in Brighton with two fellow school leavers, Ryan and Bell, Gorse is irresistibly drawn to the lovely but gullible Esther Downes Realising that she and Ryan are strongly attracted to each other, he at first relishes the simple challenge of stealing her from his rival but after the discovery that Esther possesses a reasonable sum of money, he sets in motion a plan that is ruthlessly calculated to destroy her.
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    1. Patrick Hamilton

      He was born Anthony Walter Patrick Hamilton in the Sussex village of Hassocks, near Brighton, to writer parents Due to his father s alcoholism and financial ineptitude, the family spent much of Hamilton s childhood living in boarding houses in Chiswick and Hove His education was patchy, and ended just after his fifteenth birthday when his mother withdrew him from Westminster School.After a brief career as an actor, he became a novelist in his early twenties with the publication of Monday Morning 1925 , written when he was nineteen Craven House 1926 and Twopence Coloured 1928 followed, but his first real success was the play Rope 1929, known as Rope s End in America.The Midnight Bell 1929 is based upon Hamilton s falling in love with a prostitute, and was later published along with The Siege of Pleasure 1932 and The Plains of Cement 1934 as the semi autobiographical trilogy 20,000 Streets Under the Sky 1935.Hamilton disliked many aspects of modern life He was disfigured badly when he was run over by a car in the late 1920s the end of his novel Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse 1953 , with its vision of England smothered in metal beetles, reflects his loathing of the motor car However, despite some distaste for the culture in which he operated, he was a popular contributor to it His two most successful plays, Rope and Gas Light 1938, known as Angel Street in the USA , made Hamilton wealthy and were also successful as films the British made Gaslight 1940 and the 1944 American remake, and Alfred Hitchcock s Rope 1948.Hangover Square 1941 is often judged his most accomplished work and still sells well in paperback, and is regarded by contemporary authors such as Iain Sinclair and Peter Ackroyd as an important part of the tradition of London novels Set in Earls Court where Hamilton himself lived, it deals with both alcohol drinking practices of the time and the underlying political context, such as the rise of fascism and responses to it Hamilton became an avowed Marxist, though not a publicly declared member of the Communist Party of Great Britain During the 1930 s, like many other authors, Hamilton grew increasingly angry with capitalism and, again like others, felt that the violence and fascism of Europe during the period indicated that capitalism was reaching its end this encouraged his Marxism and his novel Impromptu in Moribundia 1939 was a satirical attack of capitalist culture.During his later life, Hamilton developed in his writing a misanthropic authorial voice which became disillusioned, cynical and bleak as time passed The Slaves of Solitude 1947 , was his only work to deal directly with the Second World War, and he preferred to look back to the pre war years His Gorse Trilogy three novels about a devious sexual predator and conman are not generally well thought of critically, although Graham Greene said that the first was the best book written about Brighton and the second Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse is regarded increasingly as a comic masterpiece The hostility and negativity of the novels is also attributed to Hamilton s disenchantment with the utopianism of Marxism and depression The trilogy comprises The West Pier 1952 Mr Stimpson and Mr Gorse 1953 , dramatized as The Charmer in 1987 and in 1955 Hamilton s last published work, Unknown Assailant, a short novel much of which was dictated while Hamilton was drunk The Gorse Trilogy was first published in a single volume in 1992.Hamilton had begun to consume alcohol excessively while still a relatively young man After a declining career and melancholia, he died in 1962 of cirrhosis of the liver and kidney failure, in Sheringham, Norfolk He was married twice, firstly to Lois Marie Martin in 1930, and a year after divorcing Lois, to Lady Ursula Chetwynd Talbot in 1954 January 9, 2010

    564 thoughts on “The West Pier”

    1. The first of Patrick Hamilton s final trilogy about an unscrupulous con man called Ernest Ralph Gorse We follow him from roughly age 12 18 1914 21 from the grammar school in Brighton where we are introduced to his sadistic disposition He retains a couple of school friends with whom he re meets after having moved to London for a few years to finish school on a summer holiday which he uses to exploit a local working class girl The action is remarkably compact a couple of months at his first school [...]


    2. This is a postcard of the Hotel Metropole circa 1924 wfc2013 hotel bm 1924pAre you impressed Would going for a drink here turn you into a credulous fool If so, it may affect your impressions of The West Pier, you might feel very sorry for Esther If not, you might simply dismiss her as a very silly girl, not really care very much when she fell for Gorse s unsophisticated con trick and feel superior because you wouldn t have done You might, alternatively, bristle with indignation because she was a [...]


    3. No one does low intensity dread like Patrick Hamilton This book introduces perhaps the most loathsome protagonist in literature, the repulsive Gorse, whom we are told is destined for terrible things The first volume of the Gorse trilogy feels a bit like a prequel however And the spectacle of watching him wreak misery on some very nice dolts becomes a bit too painful to stay with the book s halfway mark.



    4. It s really well written and I got into it very easily The only problem I had with it was that the plot was so infuriating I wanted to grab the main female character and yell at her not to be so stupid This is a sign of good writing in this case, because she s meant to be ignorant and misguided but it was still a little hard to read at times for this reason.




    5. Supremely cynical and clearly of its age Good to finally be able to get this on kindle, but Patrick Hamilton s powers were on the wane


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