L.P. Hartley - The go-between

An historical novel people often refer to, especially because of its famous opening sentence ('The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there'). I felt like re-reading it. Suppose I read it in my first year, for Narrative and Poetics, and I remember liking it then. Liked it again this time; didn't bore but captivated again. It's like watching The Sixth sense for the second time: you know the ending and see everything clear from the beginning, but it's still interesting to see how it's done. The novel shows a good and subtle social picture and especially Leo is a very convincing character.

27 December 2008


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