The Go-between: Penguin Modern Classics

Autor L. P. Hartley Introducere de Douglas Brooks-Davies
en Limba Engleză Paperback – 29 ian 2004
L.P. Hartley's moving exploration of a young boy's loss of innocenceThe Go-Betweenis edited with an introduction and notes by Douglas Brooks-Davies in Penguin Modern Classics.

'The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there'

When one long, hot summer, young Leo is staying with a school-friend at Brandham Hall, he begins to act as a messenger between Ted, the farmer, and Marian, the beautiful young woman up at the hall. He becomes drawn deeper and deeper into their dangerous game of deceit and desire, until his role brings him to a shocking and premature revelation. The haunting story of a young boy's awakening into the secrets of the adult world,The Go-Betweenis also an unforgettable evocation of the boundaries of Edwardian society.

Leslie Poles Hartley (1895-1972) was born in Whittlesey, Cambridgeshire, and educated at Harrow and Balliol College, Oxford. For more than thirty years from 1923 he was an indefatigable fiction reviewer for periodicals including theSpectatorandSaturday Review. His first book,Night Fears(1924) was a collection of short stories; but it was not until the publication ofEustace and Hilda(1947), which won the James Tait Black prize, that Hartley gained widespread recognition as an author. His other novels includeThe Go-Between(1953), which was adapted into an internationally-successful film starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates, andThe Hireling(1957), the film version of which won thePalme d'Orat the Cannes Film Festival.

If you enjoyedThe Go-Between, you might like Barry Hines'sA Kestrel for a Knave, also available in Penguin Modern Classics.

'Magical and disturbing'

'On a first reading, it is a beautifully wrought description of a small boy's loss of innocence long ago. But, visited a second time, the knowledge of approaching, unavoidable tragedy makes it far more poignant and painful'
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ISBN-13: 9780141187785
ISBN-10: 0141187786
Pagini: 336
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 19 mm
Greutate: 0.25 kg
Editura: Penguin Books
Colecția Penguin Classics
Seria Penguin Modern Classics

Locul publicării:London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Leslie Poles Hartley was born in 1895 and educated at Harrow and Balliol College, Oxford. He is best known forFacial Justice, theEustace and Hildatrilogy andThe Go-Between, which won the Heinemann Foundation Prize in 1954 and whose opening sentence has become almost proverbial: 'The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.' He was appointed a CBE in 1955, having won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in addition to the Heinemann. He died in 1972.


"Exuding such a sense of summer the pages might be warm to touch, Hartley's coming-of-age tale is set during the heatwave of 1900. It all ends in tears, but not before there have been plenty of cucumber sandwiches on the lawn." --The Observer

“The first time I read it, it cleared a haunting little spot in my memory, sort of like an embassy to my own foreign country…. I don't want to spoil the suspense of a well-made plot, because you must read this, but let's just say it goes really badly and the messenger (shockingly) gets blamed. Or he blames himself anyway. And here the mirror cracks; the boy who leaves Brandham is not the one who came. Indeed the narrator converses with his old self as though he were two people. That was the powerful gonging left by my first read: What, if anything, bundles us through time into a single person?” ߝ Ann Brashares, “All Things Considered”, NPR
“I can't stop recommending to anyone in earshot L.P. Hartley's The Go-Between…. One of the fabled opening lines in modern literature: ‘The past is a foreign country: They do things differently there.’ The NYRB paperback has a superb new introduction by Colm Tóibín, but don't read it until after you've read the book itself.” ߝ Frank Rich, New York


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Leo Colston - a man haunted by the events of his past - vividly recalls his unwitting role acting as a go-between for the beautiful upper-class Marian and the tenant-farmer Ted.