Laura Del-Rivo: The Furnished Room

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The Furnished Room (1961), the first novel of Laura Del-Rivo (b. 1934), combines a portrait of London bohemian life in the late 1950s, existential explorations, and a thriller element. It would be filmed two years later by Michael Winner (1935-2013) as West 11 (1963), with a script by Willis Hall (1929-2005) and Keith Waterhouse (1929-2009). The surname of the novel’s anti-hero, Joseph Ignatius (known as Joe) Beckett, inevitably recalls an earlier novel of a misfit protagonist in the capital, Murphy (1938) by Samuel Beckett (1906-89). But The Furnished Room is not late-modernist in the Murphy mode. Structurally, it is a fairly straightforward third-person narrative, told from Beckett’s …

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Tredell, Nicolas. "The Furnished Room". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 24 July 2013; last revised .
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