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An Awfully Big Adventure by Beryl Bainbridge
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Aug 18, 11

it was amazing

An extraordinarily witty, perceptive exploration of a young girl's initiation into the world of adulthood. Line by line, this slender novel builds a world that is at once full of possibilities and governed by limitations. A black comedy that ultimately persuades the reader to have compassion for the circumscribed lives of its characters and to consider the limitations of one's own life as disguised opportunities for sympathy and gentleness for oneself and others. Cogent, sardonic, quick and emotionally satisfying.
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