The Go-Between has ratings and reviews. Paul said: A sublime novel, beautifully written and very evocative. It has, probably one of the most fa. The Go-Between (New York Review Books Classics) [L.P. Hartley, Colm Toibin] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. “The past is a foreign. The go-between / L. P. Hartley ; introduction by Colm Toibtn. p. cm. . Hartley’s early heroine has other echoes of the boy Leo in The Go-Between. She stands.
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With twelve-year-old Leo Colston, Hartley captures the perspective of a child who longs to to be validated by the adult society around him, but who is unable to understand its emotional motivations.
Hartley 34 36 Nov 26, And Leo has some thoughts about people which I found startlingly close to my own.
Life was life, and people acted in a certain way, which sometimes caused one pain. Ted Burgess is not a member of the Brandham Hall social circle, he is just a farmer out for a quick dip in the water, yet his physical presence is arresting. It is told from l.p.hartleg perspective of that same boy, years later and remembering back.
I loved the Hollinghurst so much I wanted to read bits of it again straight away, but knowing this is usually just a good way of making myself bored of anything, I took some tangents instead. Previous year was a bad one to him, first had been seriously ill, then orphaned by the father Leo has right to think of this year and the new century l.p.hhartley high hopes and expectations as a beginning of something exceptional, onset of mythical Golden Age from his dreams.
Liked it very much. The story does not feel told, but vividly experienced as the elderly man relives the events of that summer.
One part of my mind says this: He slowly pieces together his memories, looking back to a summer that he spent with the family of an upper-class school friend Marcus Maudsley at their luxurious country home, Brandham Hall. It was the older man’s eyes and her own words that make this transformation, but it made her life and his a celebration, rather than a tragedy. For whatever reason, Atonement didn’t work for me, but gob-etween one did.
What I loved most about the book is the way it relates the predicaments of its characters with that of Paradise Lost. We, along with Leo, ineffectually shuttle between the world of children and the world of adults.
View all 3 comments. Without revealing further interesting aspects of this rather-disturbing story, I am ending this gibberish of a writing here with a hope that you might like this book as much tye I do. It was the day not a day when the servants got to play and party with the viscounts and landed gentry. On a trip to an improvised swimming pool he meets another adult that would have a major impact on his summer days: With apologies to Jerry Lewis!
Jul 08, Paul rated it it was amazing Shelves: Do you remember what that summer was like? Probably not, but I will because it does sum up the book; “The past is a foreign country: He recalls the events of a summer which become emotionally significant in his life.
It seems almost odd now that a boy like Leo, about to reach his thirteenth birthday, is really so unaware of the reasons for his message taking; but, as the author tells us in the beginning — it was a more innocent time and very different. No one forced him to lie. He is somehow both knowing and ignorant. And th The household will be happy to have my attention again. Now I’m ready for a re-watch of the movie version.
It’s not hard to forget the l.p.hartly of our own childhoods on Another coming-of-age, loss-of-innocence novel that will undoubtedly be familiar to and especially appreciated by people who liked Atonement. On one level, this provides a more elevated level of access for the literary-minded reader it appears to excite many critics ; but it also seems to imply that the telling of the story is somehow insufficiently profound in itself.
Where l.p.hrtley all is the Virgin, with her shining face and curling tresses, whom I entrusted to you’- what should I say? Inan adaptation for stage by Louise F. It all ends in tears, but not before there have been plenty of cucumber sandwiches on the lawn.
One of the most gp-between first lines I have come across in my long years of reading, and a moving evocation of a fraught coming of age at the tail end of a pious, rigid yet prosperous Victorian society.
Whilst plenty of details f the stories are not the same as they would be, given that the respective protagonists are an innocent Victorian child, and a late twentieth-century gay man there are a few other similarities.
That summer he was invited to stay with his l.pp.hartley friend Marcus Maudsley in their Norfolk estate, Brandham Hall, in I bought this book because I was intrigued by its first line: Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. Leo is out of his class and out of his depth. This book has shot into my top ten of all time. The focus of novel shifts from the internal experience of the naive narrator, bursting with curiosity to near breaking point, and the fascination he finds in delivering a series of clandestine letters between live-in Victorian doormat Marian Maudsley and the local farmer Ted Burgess.
I find the consequences of the events as they are drawn in the story to be exaggerated.
The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley |
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Hartley —the son of the director of a brickworks, attended Harrow and Balliol College, Oxford, before setting out on a career as a literary critic and writer of short stories. She is positioned to marry the l.pp.hartley Viscount Winlove, Hugh Trimingham, back from the Boer war with half lp.hartley face scarred so badly that he looks like the god Janus, Leo thinks; one side an end and the l.p.hxrtley a beginning.
Invited down for the summer to the opulent Brandham Hall by Marcus a friend from his public schoolLeo feels both enthralled by the prospect of mingling with the rich Maudsley family and anxious about his own social status. His uneasiness with the psalter puzzled me till I recalled that the Sunday morning service probably would have been sung matins. I don’t see the Coming-of-Age trope as a successful argument either: Read it Forward Read it first.
May 10, Doug H rated it it was amazing. Whose fault was it?
Rereading: The Go-Between by LP Hartley
Why should we call ourselves sinners? I adored character Marian at the end, while I hated her throughout much of the story. As the introduction notes, Hartley wrote the book as a memoir, as an act of atonement, and as a manifesto against the decay brought by two world wars and a social order turned upside down.