Happy Prisoner

Happy Prisoner It Is The End Of WW II And The Household Of Mrs North, A Well To Do Widow With A Country Cottage, Is Very Busy War Circumstances Brought Both Of Her Daughters Home Loud But Good Hearted Tomboy, Violet, And Highly Strung And Over Sensitive Heather With Her Two Small Children Mrs North Is Also Taking Care Of Her Young Niece, Evelyn, A Lively Child Who Loves To Play On The Local Farm And Has A Great Passion For Animals But At The Center Of All This Is Oliver, Mrs North S Only Son Who Lost His Leg During The War Service AbroadRecovering From His Injuries, Bed Ridden Oliver Has Nothing Better To Do But Observe The Busy Lives Of The People Around Him Treated As A Hero And A Confidant By All The Women In His Family, Oliver Begins To Enjoy His New Role As A Self Proclaimed Counselor Due To His Advice, Violet, An Independent Spinster, Unexpectedly Accepts The Marriage Proposal From A Local Farmer Her Wedding Is A Success And Violet Finds A New Happiness In Her Marriage, But Soon Oliver S Meddling In His Family Affairs Goes Too Far Will His Risky Instructions Save Or Ruin Heather S Marriage, Which Is At The Brink Of Crisis, When Her Husband Comes Back From Australia After A Few Years Of Separation Will Oliver Learn To Accept His New Circumstances Will He Finally Face To The Reality And Start To Rebuild His Own Life In This Compendium Plot, Monica Dickens, With Her Typical Attention To Detail, Humor And Talent For Creating Vivid Characters, Explores Complicated Life Stories Of The Close Knit Family And Their Friends At The End Of The War The Happy Prisoner Was First Published In

From the publisher MONICA DICKENS, born in 1915, was brought up in London Her mother s German origins and her Catholicism gave her the detached eye of an outsider at St Paul s Girls School she was under occupied and rebellious After drama school she was a debutante before working as a cook One Pair of Hands 1937 , her first book, described life in the kitchens of Kensington It was the firs

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  • Paperback
  • 288 pages
  • Happy Prisoner
  • Monica Dickens
  • English
  • 18 April 2019
  • 9780434192052

10 thoughts on “Happy Prisoner

  1. says:

    The Happy Prisoner is a pleasant, slice of life story about a WW2 soldier who has lost a leg and is recovering at home Very much character driven, the novel is just as much about the family and friends who move about him as it is about Oliver himself I found it engaging and enjoyable, and even though I had to read this in small snippets over a week or two, I always enjoyed the thought of picking it up again.I ll definitely be trying this author s other works.

  2. says:

    Monica Dickens died in 1992 at the age of 77 She is probably not as much read as she once was, but she still has her admirers, and her work was praised by such heavyweights as J.B Priestley, Rebecca West, A.S Byatt and John Betjeman The Happy Prisoner, published in 1946, was one of her most successful books it s far from forgotten, and has now been made available for Kindle.It begins on an autumn night at the end of the Second World War A moth flies in through the ground floor window of an old manor house in Shropshire Trapped, it struggles with the light It does not know that it is being closely observed by a man who lies in a bed in the window alcove, keenly aware of the moth s texture, its colours, and of its struggles This moth, which had seemed such a nuisance was really a show piece, a miracle of skilled craftsmanship prodigally squandered on a single night s existence If this pattern had been on a shawl or tapestry, it would have taken months or years of painful, eye straining toil It is, we gather, not something the man in the bed would have noticed before But Oliver s leg has been blown off at Arnhem, and a shell splinter has damaged his heart he is immobile in this bed, in its alcove, a little raised above floor level, comfortable, at the heart of his family No one really knows when he will be well enough to leave the bed He has time to observe the behaviour not only of moths, but of humans And he does so in a way that he has, it seems, never quite done before Over the course of Monica Dickens s quite long book it s over 100,000 words , the reader watches a family through the Oliver s eyes, and sees a broad and beautifully observed range of human behaviour Better still, as Oliver s powers of observation grow, our understanding of these human interactions grows along with his own At the same time, the long shadow of the war slowly recedes as the family members reunite, retrench and begin their lives anew There is plenty of human material Oliver s American born mother, constantly attentive, hides her fears for her dreadfully wounded son as best she can Oliver s youngest sister, Heather, awaits her husband, repatriated from a Japanese prisoner of war camp In the meantime she converts to Catholicism, a move that leaves her family somewhat bemused, as indeed it would have done in 1945 Vatican II was years in the future, and the distance between Anglicans and Catholics was far greater than it is now When her husband does return, her feelings about her marriage force her up against her own character and, in a well drawn episode, Oliver learns not to meddle in things he does not understand Meanwhile Violet, the tall, bony, asexual, horsey elder sister, discombobulates the household by suddenly marrying beneath her, to a local farmer.The love interest, albeit tentative, is provided by Elizabeth, Oliver s nurse self possessed, attractive, massively competent and glacially detached One senses all along that there is something about her that is hidden from Oliver and thus from the reader, and late in the book this turns out to be true How, and why, and how it ends, for her and for Oliver, brings this humane and gentle book to a very satisfactory conclusion.It isn t perfect Oliver s situation is a very obvious plot device although, oddly, he seems to know that himself And the book is very much of its time Dickens was from a well to do family and it shows Everything s seen from an upper middle class perspective Also evident are the attitudes of 1946 a character is said to have worked like a black not a phrase that sits well today But Dickens may have understood this because Oliver s mother is American, she is shown to be a little detached from the class system of the time, and it s interesting that Dickens later married an American and spent much of her later life in the USA In fact, Dickens s other books show an awareness of this aspect of British life that isn t always evident here In any case, all books need to be seen as their products of their time This book is a beautifully drawn contemporary picture of the way an English family coped with the aftermath of war Its impact on British civilians in no way compared with that in say Italy or Poland, and it is easy to forget that, for many people, it was still real enough Oliver s family have got off lightly, but they are still left with a daughter whose marriage is shaken and a son who will never completely recover from his injuries In the end, however, what strikes you about The Happy Prisoner is its wonderful character development you can hear Oliver s family speak, each in their own way, and by the end of the book you know them all well and none of them has acted out of character or struck a false note Monica Dickens s great granddad Charles knew a thing or two about character development too, and I think he d have been quite proud.

  3. says:

    3 stars I enjoyed this look at a family dealing with life s problems, large and small, just after World War II It is told through the voice of Oliver North, a veteran who has come home from war without one leg and a weak heart His room becomes the center of the home for everyone else He gets to see their lives and give advice from the viewpoint of one who does not really participate in it I liked that Oliver was not the self pitying type He had times of depression that could last for days, but he also enjoyed days filled with family, friends, the time to read, think and ponder, and he found value in that He was the calm center in a normal home that was filled with a worrying mother, sisters who bickered, and their children, with all the chaos that brings I liked that even though the family had their differences and squabbles, there was great love underneath it all I will look for of Monica Dickens work to read.

  4. says:

    Story of a bed ridden British World War II veteran recovering in his childhood home Not what is sounds like Very funny due to a collection of eccentric friends and family members.

  5. says:

    Oliver is an adorable character, and his family are absorbing A properly good read.

  6. says:

    I recently went into the Oxfam bookshop in Welwyn Garden City to stock up on an armful of second hand books and this Penguin edition marked up at 3 6 ie three shillings and sixpence, or just over 30p was part of the haul And how thrilled was I when I began to read it Because ten years ago on holiday in Australia I had previously bought a second hand copy of this very same novel, got halfway through reading it and left it under the bed in a little motel in Coff s Harbour I couldn t remember the name of the novel or even who the author was and it has haunted me all these years Serendipity I might use this in a plot, somewhere.Anyway, lovely gentle read of a way of life long lost, all country house charm with teas on the lawn and dripping toast, horses and dogs, hand knitted Fair Isle cardigans, gardeners and maids, starchy nurses and wicked stepmothers with long red fingernails Best read on a winter s afternoon with a pile of hot buttered toast to hand Or in a nice motel in Australia

  7. says:

    Setting Enlish country life Bedridden veteran, revalidating from leg amputationpositive A pleasent read Nice descriptions of charactersnegative slow read Vi s wedding takes too much pages The long expected romance takes a bit too long to develop, and when it s there, the story suddenly ends.

  8. says:

    Maybe a 3.75 I was delighted to find that Bloomsbury has released a number of ebooks of out of print books from the mid 20th century and to be able to buy this one on sale The author cleverly used the voice of a bed ridden WWII soldier to describe his colorful family and eventually to become the go to advisor for all of their problems.

  9. says:

    Nowhere near as interesting as One pair of hands or One pair of feet this was a look at upper middle class life just after WW2 quite historical Dickens writes in a very easy way with good characterisation, so that although the plot was a little weak it was nonetheless charming.

  10. says:

    An enjoyable story set at the end of WW2 about the recovery of a wounded vet He is the prisoner and his prison is his bed.There were a few issues with typos that kept me from giving it 4 stars He is at home and the characters in his family are humorous.

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