The Go-Between is a novel by L. P. Hartley published in His best-known work, it has been adapted several times for stage and screen. The book gives a. "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." Hartley's finest novel, encounters a world of unimagined luxury. The go-between by riastanufulthep.gay, one of my favourite novels, is in my mind inseparably connected with the movie directed by Joseph Losey. "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there." For the past year or so, when I've been giving readings, I've asked the people in the audience if they know or remember LP Hartley's novel, The Go-Between. Leo is 12 years old and visiting his upper-class.
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L.P. Hartley's moving exploration of a young boy's loss of innocence The Go- Between is edited with an introduction and notes by Douglas. That is the famous first line of the Go-Between by L.P. Hartley. The book was published in , though it reads more like a Victorian novel. download The Go-Between (Penguin Modern Classics) New by L. P. Hartley, Douglas Brooks-Davies (ISBN: ) from site's Book Store. Everyday.
Can a book ambush you? From the prologue "Are you vanquished, Colston, are you vanquished? A combination of knowing and not-knowing is this novel's driving force. It announced itself to Hartley when he was in Venice in May , working on a completely different project; he put it immediately aside and wrote The Go-Between quite fast, revising his draft as soon as October and November.
It's set at — or rather, framed by — the mid-point of the 20th century, "the most changeful half a century in history", when Leo Colston, a man in his mids, sits down in a drab realist s room, the rain hammering at the window, to sort through some old papers.
Almost straight away he comes upon a red cardboard box once used for his childhood Eton collars: He picks each thing up in turn. He opens it: His own long-gone story breaks open on him all over again.
Leo is 12 years old and visiting his upper-class schoolfriend Marcus's family seat, Brandham Hall in Norfolk, in the summer of He is wearing his too-hot Norfolk jacket which makes him a sort of clothing joke , having come away unprepared for heat, in fact confident there wouldn't be any such thing, since he considers himself something of a magician; in the novel's prologue he relates how a curse he wrote in blood in his diary last term has caused two bullies to concuss themselves by falling off the school roof.
He has ordered up a cool summer in the same way. But the summer is hotter than is imaginable. Walls, trees, the very ground one trod on, instead of being cool were warm to the touch: In the heat the senses, the mind, the heart, the body, all told a different tale.
One felt another person, one was another person. He also happens to be a lesser person at Brandham Hall, a mere mortal among its rich gods and goddesses. Marcus's older sister, Marian, is Leo's first encounter with beauty — as if he has met not a person but a concept.
She is positioned to marry the local Viscount Winlove, Hugh Trimingham, back from the Boer war with half his face scarred so badly that he looks like the god Janus, Leo thinks; one side an end and the other a beginning.
Trimingham goes about his business wounded and elegant at once, with a great deal more knowledge of what's happening than he lets on.
What's happening is this: As the mercury rises, Leo becomes a kind of Mercury himself, a deliverer of messages between Marian and her lower-class lover, the tenant farmer and local "ladykiller", Ted Burgess, who promises to teach Leo what's what when it comes to "spooning".
Much of the novel's humour lies in Leo's sweet literalness, and in the interlocked layers of knowing and unknowing viewed by Colston 50 years on, then by us, far off in our so-knowing future. His prepubescent blankness, when it comes to what "spooning" might be, makes for both funniness and discomfort. Do lady killers really kill ladies? Meanwhile, he can't say the name Hugh without it sounding, to Marian, like the word "who" or the word "you" — this in a book very much about identity, about who we are in the personal, the social, the historical and the natural senses.
Leo is a boy who loves words, was bullied in the first place for using the long word vanquished in his diary for a football match victory; when his curses, astonishingly, seem to have taken effect he ponders what the action of putting words on paper might mean.
As much as it is a revelation of the childishness of social hierarchy, of human delusions of power, and of the tragedy inevitable where war or history and innocence meet, Hartley's novel is a fine disquisition on appearance versus naked truth. A beautifully poised bathing scene "the word denoted an intenser experience than it does now" highlights the apartness of men and women and the frissons of the body.
Leo observes the beautiful cornfield-coloured body of Ted Burgess for the first time; it "spoke to me of something I did not know. The more clothes Ted had on, "the less he looked himself". This is a novel of memorably dressed-up theatrical set-pieces: Children's Children's 0 - 18 months 18 months - 3 years 3 - 5 years 5 - 7 years 7 - 9 years 9 - 12 years View all children's.
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