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The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
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L. P. Hartley's The Go-Between begins with one of my favorite literary quotes: "The past is a foreign country; they do things differently there."

And indeed, as Leo Colston, now in his 60s, remembers the summer of 1900 which he spent with a classmate from school, it slowly becomes clear that not only the past, but childhood itself, is a foreign place. When Leo is chosen by his friend's beautiful sister to play the role of "postman" to her secret (and quite unsuitable) lover, a mounting sense of dread filtered through Leo's own innocence, takes over the novel. Nothing much happens until the terrible climax of the novel, but The Go-Between is haunting in its evocation of childhood and the mysterious activities of adults as seen from the point of view of a child.
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