Mr. Chartwell

Mr. Chartwell

A Novel

Book - 2011
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July 1964. Chartwell House, Kent: Winston Churchill wakes at dawn. There's a dark, mute "presence" in the room that focuses on him with rapt concentration.

It's Mr. Chartwell.

Soon after, in London, Esther Hammerhans, a librarian at the House of Commons, goes to answer the door to her new lodger. Through the glass she sees a vast silhouette the size of a mattress.

It's Mr. Chartwell.

Charismatic, dangerously seductive, Mr. Chartwell unites the eminent statesman at the end of his career and the vulnerable young woman. But can they withstand Mr. Chartwell's strange, powerful charms and his stranglehold on their lives? Can they even explain who or what he is and why he has come to visit?

In this utterly original, moving, funny, and exuberant novel, Rebecca Hunt explores how two unlikely lives collide as Mr. Chartwell's motives are revealed to be far darker and deeper than they at first seem.
Publisher: New York : Dial Press, 2011
ISBN: 9781400069408
Branch Call Number: HUNT
Characteristics: 242 p

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abruzzo79 Jun 06, 2017

"Mr. Chartwell, aka Black Pat, is, you see, a dog-a huge, odiferous, walking, talking physical mess of an animal, who inexplicably exudes a most charming, seductive manner." (Library Journal)

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uncommonreader
Jul 24, 2015

An interesting take on depression and a good analogy - invisible to others, creates disorder, difficult to resist.

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StephenB
Jul 16, 2012

Interesting and enjoyable novel. I enjoyed the Churchill material more than the stuff about the young woman and her friends, but the book was satisfying as a whole, well organized and interestingly written.

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ownedbydoxies
Mar 05, 2011

Interesting view of chronic depression, presented as fiction involving Winston Churchill, who suffered all his life from depression, and a fictional character. A unique book.

Algonquin_Lisa Mar 05, 2011

An entertaining meditation on depression and how two people, one famous and one a young widow, deal with the oppression of the disorder. Depression itself is personified by a big black dog named Mr. Chartwell, who comes to live with the young widow. Improbable as the plot sounds - that a big black dog would be accepted as a lodger - the plot really works. An extremely well-written, sympathetic exploration of the darkness of depression and how it's possible to be overcome.

debwalker Feb 28, 2011

Churchill's "black dog" - his metaphor for the depression that stalked him all his life - comes to slobbering life in this fable on a visit to a widowed librarian.

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Algonquin_Lisa Mar 05, 2011

Algonquin_Lisa thinks this title is suitable for 16 years and over

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