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The Greengage Summer by Rumer Godden
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Oct 08, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: good-but-not-fantastic
Recommended for: Everyone
Read in September, 2009 , read count: 3

** spoiler alert ** When the Inspector, wondered why the children thought of Eliot (the jewel thief) as 'God', it was no wonder, Eliot had given them respect, something they had never had before, they lived as the poor relatives of Uncle William Bullock. Eliot treated Joss as the beautiful girl, to Cecil he taught that every individual is beautiful, he never laughed at Willmouse and the 'littles' got all the love and affection from him. The cold hearted Eliot, 'when on job' has no time for anyone, uses and discards women and Zizi is his cover on this job, much like the criminal Wolf from the 'Eye of the Needle' but although the children are a part of the cover too, he does give them a great deal, they are never the same after their holiday in France.
The only real victim is Paul, who realises that in comparison to the children, he is unclean, just a poor discarded orphan with nowhere to go and with a lot of broken dreams

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