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The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley
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Nov 16, 2009

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I haven't read much other fiction from this period so this seemed like an unusual book to me. The narrator Leo, an older man now in his sixties, is looking back and describing a summer spent with a classmate at the turn of the century. The book really gives a sense of the social changes that were happening at the time, the subtle collapse of the system of titles and landed gentry, symbolized by the way his classmate's older sister (the classmate's family itself being somewhat of an upstart, money rather than family) prefers a farmer to the titled owner of the house they are leasing. Sometimes it's hard to believe that the narrator could possibly be so naive as to believe that the messages he's carrying for the couple could have another purpose. The novel climaxes of course with the discovery of the couple in a barn--the daughter of the house still marries the lord (and gives him an illegitimate heir) but the farmer kills himself.

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