The Closed Harbour: Book by James Hanley

The Closed Harbour

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ISBN: 9781847491343    Publisher: Oneworld Classics Ltd Year of publishing: 2009     Format:  Paperback No of Pages: 224        Language: English
Following an incident at sea, fifty-year-old Captain Eugene Marius finds himself without employment or purpose in Marseille, paying fruitless daily visits to the port's shipping offices. Consumed by guilt,...Read more
Following an incident at sea, fifty-year-old Captain Eugene Marius finds himself without employment or purpose in Marseille, paying fruitless daily visits to the port's shipping offices. Consumed by guilt, spurned by his family and faced with the futility of life away from the waters, Marius seeks solace in alcohol and the arms of a prostitute, but is unable to keep his mental and physical deterioration at bay. Remarkable in its gritty descriptions of Marseille and the psychological portrait of its protagonist, "The Closed Harbour" is a poignant, sharply written examination of the maritime profession and life as an outcast.
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About the author: James Hanley
Born in Liverpool to Irish immigrants, James Hanley left school at an early age to become a sailor. His experiences at sea informed many of his works.... Read more
Born in Liverpool to Irish immigrants, James Hanley left school at an early age to become a sailor. His experiences at sea informed many of his works. Unfairly neglected during his lifetime, only recently has this original, uncompromising novelist started to be reappraised as one of the finest English writers of the twentieth century.
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Review:
'Neglected Genius' is accepted merely as the category to which Hanley belongs. . . . The geniuses who are neglected are usually the geniuses who disturb, and we do not like to be disturbed."...Read more
'Neglected Genius' is accepted merely as the category to which Hanley belongs. . . . The geniuses who are neglected are usually the geniuses who disturb, and we do not like to be disturbed." Anthony Burgess on James Hanley
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