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The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
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Jul 25, 2011

really liked it
Read in July, 2011

This author is an amazing architect of the written word. The characters are so vivid. The author, L.P. Hartley, wrote this book in the 1950's about the experience of a thirteen year old boy in 1900 in class conscious England. He tells us the story from the point of view of a now sixty year old man whose memory is jogged by found memorabelia of his thirteenth year. An experience that completley colored the entire rest of his life.

The story is really about the affects of brining a child into an adult world. A world in which their immaturity does not allow them to fully understand or assimilate a world yet beyond them. Adults who allow a child's eagerness to please to do their bidding in order to fascilitate their own personal acts of selfishness. An act that the adults know at some point will surely have severe consequences.

Although the book is set in the beginning of the 20th century the act of introducing children into adult lives is even more prevalent in this new millennium. We have all witnessed the results of innocence lost and young lives grown old long before their time. Lessons learned if you listen carefully.

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