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Bedlam A Novel Greg Hollingshead for . Love is merely a madness; and I tell you, deserves as well a dark house and a whip as madmen do; and the reason why they are not so punished and cured is, that the lunacy is so ordinary that the whippers are in love too.
With something more in his eyes than the usual desolation, Jupp slipped me the first packet two days after Margaret’s visit, as we passed in the gallery.
With something more in his eyes than the usual desolation, Jupp slipped me the first packet two days after Margaret’s visit, as we passed in the gallery y the keeper Davies, our whistling postman from Hell. Now that I’ve read Margaret’s letters, I know my own are a beggar-boy’s, whinging and cringing, and I wonder if this log of abuses is not my more manly love letter to a woman so dogged and strong.
Praise for Greg Hollingshead. Bedlam creates an indelible portrait of London, a city teetering between darkness and light, struggling to make its way to a more just and humane future. In its darkest corners, where noblemen, pickpockets, royalists and republicans jostle for power, where corruption is all in a day's work, Hollingshead finds humanity, truth, decency and forgiveness. Enlivened with wit and intellectual daring, written in a beautiful prose that is resonant with time and place, Bedlam sweeps the reader into a strange yet somehow recognizable world that often echoes our own.
Gregory "Greg" Hollingshead, CM (born February 25, 1947) is a Canadian novelist. He was formerly a professor of English at the University of Alberta, and he lives in Toronto, Ontario. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto Schools and the University of Toronto.
An International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Nominee. Canadian Hollingshead (The Roaring Girl) offers a sprawling story based on a contentious historical episode
An International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Nominee. A Toronto Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year. Conspiracies, plots, and paranoia are sweeping through London in the last days of the eighteenth century, and James Tilly Matthews has been caught under false pretenses and locked up in the city's vast, crumbling asylum. Canadian Hollingshead (The Roaring Girl) offers a sprawling story based on a contentious historical episode. In 1797, James Tilly Matthews was committed to Bethlem (aka Bedlam), the notorious British lunatic asylum, after nattering on about an "air loom" machine used by villains to control people.
Gregory "Greg" Hollingshead, CM is a Canadian novelist. He is currently a professor of English at the University of Alberta. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta. Books by Greg Hollingshead
Greg Hollingshead had that in mind and those that felt it the most didn't like the effort needed to read the book.
This is a book with lots of history and details written into it so you could feel the fustrations and maddness at times in the situations, maybe Greg Hollingshead had that in mind and those that felt it the most didn't like the effort needed to read the book. Several times I thought about giving up on Bedlam by Greg Hollingshead (on page 58, on page 176 and so on). What keep me reading was that I wondered whether I would have escaped being thrown in a mad house if I had lived in London at the turn of the nineteenth century, as had Jamie Matthews.
Greg Hollingshead’s novel is about a mental patient in 18th-century London. Bedlam begins in 1797 with a jolt: in the bedroom of a real (if minor) historical woman surprised by the unexpected arrival of her naked husband, James Tilly Matthews, an escapee from a London madhouse who is soon back within its walls. After this wrenching, lunatic scene, the novel details, in three different narrative voices, a prolonged struggle both to release him and to discover the possibly political reason for his incarceration.
Based on real characters and events, Bedlam is a brilliant evocation of a city teetering between darkness and light, and a moving study of every kind of madness. Connect with the author.
An extraordinary novel of three people caught up in the turmoil of the late eighteenth century, their lives intertwined.
Europe, reeling from the French Revolution, is about explode. Conspiracies, plots and paranoia sweep across the country, landing James Tilly Matthews in Bethlem Hospital, a notorious, crumbling home for the insane. Although he is delusionalconvinced that a gang of villains is controlling unsuspecting minds by means of a diabolical machine called an “Air Loom” Matthews appears to be incarcerated for political reasons. Margaret, his beloved wife, spends years trying to free her often lucid husband, but she is repeatedly blocked by her chief adversary, John Haslam, Bethlem’s apothecary and chief administrator. Haslam, torn between his conscience and a desire to further his career through studying his famous patient, becomes another puppet in a game governed by shifting rules and shadowy players.
Bedlam creates an indelible portrait of 18th-century London, a city teetering between darkness and light, struggling to find its way to a more just and humane future. In its darkest corners, where noblemen, pickpockets, royalists and republicans jostle one another, where corruption is all in a day’s work, Matthews, Margaret and Haslam must contrive their own destinies.
Enlivened with wit and intellectual daring, Bedlam is a novel that pulses with insight and compassion, in which imagination bridges the chasm between fantasy and reality, love and hate.