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The Hours Before Dawn por Celia Fremlin
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The Hours Before Dawn (original 1958; edição 1961)

por Celia Fremlin

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This novel, one of the Virago Crime Classics , combines humour with a look at the danger and suspense in the tyranny of motherhood. It also explores the redeeming power of love.
Membro:MAR67
Título:The Hours Before Dawn
Autores:Celia Fremlin
Informação:Dell Publishing Company, Paperback, 224 pages
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Etiquetas:2017

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Louise a put upon housewife with 3 siblings lives in middle class splendour with a husband unable or unwilling to help by taking joint responsibility for the day to day management of a busy household. This is a novel of its time set in late 1950's England when it was supposedly expected for the man of the house to be the bread winner and his wife to attend not only to a busy daily routine but also a demanding sibling schedule and a lazy needy husband.

Into this chaos steps Miss Brandon her role as housekeeper to alleviate the stress that colours every waking moment. It soon becomes apparent that Miss Brandon has a hidden agenda and may not be quite as charming or helpful as she appears on first blush. This is an enjoyable, forgotten (until recently) suburban tale that it could be argued paves the way for the deluge of psychological thrillers that now confronts a sometimes confused reader on a daily basis. Will Miss Brandon reveal her true self? Will the husband finally accept his parental responsibility and by so doing allow Louise to embrace the only thing that she really wants.....a good nights sleep! ( )
  runner56 | Jun 29, 2020 |
An early relative of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, a domestic drama with an unreliable narrator (well, she's reliable, but she's so sleep-deprived that she gets confused), and a wonderful sense of lurking danger without being sure what might be coming and who might be the cause.

The author does a wonderful job of capturing the sensation of just-barely-coping with a baby who won't sleep--I'll never forget that--and is worth reading for that alone. It's beautifully written, she's a marvelous writer.

If you're expecting an action-packed thrill ride, this is not the book. Aside from a few moments of high drama, not that much happens. But it's still a page-turner!

(Note: 5 stars = amazing, wonderful, 4 = very good book, 3 = decent read, 2 = disappointing, 1 = awful, just awful. I'm fairly good at picking for myself so end up with a lot of 4s). ( )
  ashleytylerjohn | Sep 19, 2018 |
My mother had this book in her collection in the 1960s. I read it then and thought it so very good I have looked for it ever since. Last week I found it at Uncle Edgar's Bookshop in south Minneapolis. It really is as thrilling a read as I remembered! Today it is a bit dated because Louise, the main character, is the traditional 1950s housewife, but you can still identify with her and with the buildup of tension and then fear in the novel. ( )
  PatsyMurray | Jul 14, 2017 |
In The Hours Before Dawn, author Celia Fremlin uses the clever idea of a mother’s sleep deprivation to built her story upon. Louise Henderson has a very full plate indeed. Caring for three children, one a baby that cries incessantly every night between 2:00 am and dawn, dealing with a husband that expects a quiet nights sleep and a well run house, and now taking on a lodger to help stretch the budget. Is this lack of sleep causing Louise to be psychotic, or is there something seriously wrong here. Why does she have such apprehension toward the lodger, who appears to be a respectable schoolteacher?

Originally published in 1959, this Edgar Award winning novel is a real page turner. The author builds her suspense slowly, a slight movement out of the corner of the eye, the sound of footsteps in the hall, an intercepted malicious gaze. Is there really something wrong here or is the mother driving herself crazy. As the dazed Louise struggles to understand what is happening to her family, the chills and overall creepiness builds to a exciting conclusion.

The Hours Before Dawn was a tidy thriller that also gives great insight in what it was like to be a homemaker in the 1950’s.. Although an older book I thought this was a very fresh idea. The author did a great job of plotting out a storyline that many parents can identify with. ( )
3 vote DeltaQueen50 | Jul 23, 2013 |
Protagonist has three children, including a new baby who won't sleep at night, and a traditional British husband who can't figure out why his shirts aren't being ironed properly. To help with expenses they take in a boarder and that's when things really start to go pear-shaped! Highly recommended for any woman who's ever had children; men may not appreciate it as much. ( )
  auntieknickers | Apr 3, 2013 |
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