The Go-between

The Go-between

Book - 1997
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"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." Summering with a fellow schoolboy on a great English estate, Leo, the hero of L. P. Hartley's finest novel, encounters a world of unimagined luxury. But when his friend's beautiful older sister enlists him as the unwitting messenger in her illicit love affair, the aftershocks will be felt for years. The inspiration for the brilliant Joseph Losey/Harold Pinter film starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates, " The Go-Between" is a masterpiece--a richly layered, spellbinding story about past and present, naivete and knowledge, and the mysteries of the human heart. This volume includes, for the first time ever in North America, Hartley's own introduction to the novel.
Publisher: London : Penguin Books, 1997
ISBN: 9780140188523
0140188525
Characteristics: xxxviii, 292 p. ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Brooks-Davies, Douglas

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MindfulDaydreamer
Sep 30, 2016

A haunting coming-of-age story of a 12-year-old boy who attempts to navigate the enticing world of adults and the contrast of the mundane world of his childhood. Both spheres beckon but while one is familiar and comforting, the other is fascinating and dangerous. The imagery and symbolism in this book are stunning.

WVMLStaffPicks Dec 23, 2014

"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." So opens this memorable novel as a man in his sixties attempts to recreate and come to terms with the golden summer of 1900. Spending what promised to be an idyllic holiday with the rich family of a school-mate, twelve-year-old Leo becomes entangled in an adult world he cannot understand. Hauntingly atmospheric.

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