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"...the world's laugh in his face..."

"Another attendant opened the door for him at the top of the stairs, and a huge roar of smoke-hazed, lime-lit laughter, coming out of the door like blast from a bomb, hit him in the face. It was like the world's laugh in his face, Netta's laugh, the last laugh of everybody at his failure and isolation, his banishment from the world of virile people who were happy and made love and had friends."
- Patrick Hamilton, Hangover Square

Poor, sad, pathetic George Harvey Bone, one of the sorriest fictional characters I've ever come across.

May 2, 2010 in Books | Permalink