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The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
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Mar 02, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: twice-read-and-more, movie-too
Read in March, 2008

I've read this a couple of times now; saw the movie when it was new, then got the book some years later from Bru's parents when they were culling. Very wordy, told in the first person many years after events reach their climax (heh heh), it's sort of a Lady Chatterley's Lover but with a larger cast of characters and without the sex scenes (more's the pity). I'm not sure I would have stayed with it had I not seen the film first, which stars Alan Bates, during his Women In Love phase, and Julie Christie, post- Dr. Zhivago.

But I like it a lot, despite its flaws, and this time through, finally, I saw how Leo occupies a borderland of social class, too. Hugh Trimingham turns out to be a pretty good egg in the book, even if he is a rich lord. I think I'll watch the movie again, too, if I can find it.

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