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The Go-Between
The Go-Between | L.P. Hartley
The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. Summering with a fellow schoolboy on a great English estate, Leo, the hero of L. P. Hartleys finest novel, encounters a world of unimagined luxury. But when his friends beautiful older sister enlists him as the unwitting messenger in her illicit love affair, the aftershocks will be felt for years. The inspiration for the brilliant Joseph Losey/Harold Pinter film starring Julie Christie and Alan Bates, The Go-Between is a masterpiecea richly layered, spellbinding story about past and present, navet and knowledge, and the mysteries of the human heart. This volume includes, for the first time ever in North America, Hartleys own introduction to the novel.
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batsy
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I enjoyed the beautiful writing, but I was probably less enamoured of this book than most & I can't quite figure out why. This novel explores nostalgia & memory in evocative ways, but though the events are dramatic--especially as seen through the eyes of an adolescent caught up in forces too big for him to understand--I felt at a strange remove from the plot & the upper class characters. What I found intriguing was Leo's obsession with Marian.

batsy It felt like a standard heterosexual coming of age, but at points this novel felt interestingly queer in its subtext, & Marian seemed like an acceptable feminine placeholder for Leo's perhaps burgeoning interest in the boys & men around him. I don't know if this is me reading too much into things, but it did make me wonder if this contributes to older Leo's cynicism & melancholy. #nyrbbookclub @vivastory @sprainedbrain 4mo
Hamlet Wonderful, insightful comments (yet again!). 4mo
rubyslippersreads @batsy I felt that Leo‘s crush on Marian helped to sublimate his fascination with Ted, especially Ted‘s physicality. 4mo
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DrexEdit Great review! 4mo
Leftcoastzen Nice review! 4mo
charl08 Reviews like this make me want to reread books I've completely forgotten. Gorgeous cover too. 4mo
batsy @rubyslippersreads Yes, well put! Felt there was quite a bit of that going on. 4mo
batsy @charl08 It's a great cover, isn't it? It looks ordinary from afar and then you look closer and it's hard to look away. 4mo
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Q6: In his introduction, Hartley notes that critics have found fault with the prologue and
epilogue, which together “made a frame too heavy for the picture” [p. 11]. Do you agree with
these critics? Do you think that the book would have been complete—and possibly
stronger—without the prologue and epilogue?

Other thoughts on the book?

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merelybookish I get that a prologue & epilogue aren't the most artful devices. And often I find them annoying. But I didn't mind it here. In part because memory was such an important aspect of the book. The prologues sets up how the story is being funneled through 2 perspectives. If one could be cut it was the epilogue, ending with Ted's death would have been quite powerful, but I was curious as to what happened so it was satisfying on that level. 4mo
vivastory I think the prologue works as a framing device, establishing how the narrator “uncovered“ the story. I think what is interesting is that typically in framed narratives the story is related by someone else, or they discover a diary or a journal written by someone else & in the case of Hartley's book is it's the discovery of his own diary that sets the story going. 4mo
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quietjenn I don't, actually. I think that they are often badly done, but felt they were both really effective and appropriate here. I think I would've been disappointed without the epilogue and thought that the prologue did much to set the voice and tone for the entire book. 4mo
Billypar @vivastory You're right - I didn't think about that! It's interesting because most of the time finding your own diary wouldn't lead you to a whole forgotten story, but we come to understand why Leo might have stopped thinking about it. 4mo
Billypar I liked how both the prologue and epilogue had their own narratives. Leo doesn't just find the diary - he remembers a 'story before the story' in the spells sequence. And in the epilogue he doesn't just meet Marian and share old memories, there's another mini-drama to it. Having adult Leo as more of his own character made these sections more than just a frame - I thought it enhanced the main story, even if it breaks with convention. 4mo
rubyslippersreads This photo reminds me that I loved the description of the bicycle as “a little mountain sheep with curly horns,” and I share Leo‘s regret that he didn‘t keep it. 4mo
DrexEdit I just really enjoyed this book. I agree that the prologue and epilogue seem necessary here to frame the events of the past. I didn't find them too heavy. I loved this author's writing style and his ability to keep the pace moving along all while including tons of details and descriptions! 4mo
sprainedbrain @rubyslippersreads I loved that line, too! Such great imagery in this book. 4mo
Reviewsbylola I 100% agree with @merelybookish I can be so irritated by superfluous prologues and especially epilogues. I found both to be well done and necessary in this case. I really enjoyed this book! 4mo
GatheringBooks I agree with @vivastory ‘s mention of the prologue as “framing” the narrative - i actually didn‘t mind both epilogue/prologue. I think that this is one of my fave #nyrbbookclub reads. It was engaging, and I thoroughly enjoyed how the story unfolded. (edited) 4mo
LeahBergen I‘m sorry to come in late on the discussion (busy day!) but I‘ve really enjoyed reading everyone‘s comments and loved the book. It‘s right up there with some of my favourite #NYRBBookClub reads! @vivastory 4mo
vivastory @GatheringBooks @leahbergen I agree. This is one of my fave #NYRBBookClub selections. Really enjoyed the book & the discussion. 4mo
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Q5: Leo tries very hard to present himself as a reliable narrator. Has Leo left his child self behind? How accurate do you think Leo‘s understanding of people and events at Brandham Hall was when he was a child, and now as a grown man?

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merelybookish I don't know. I think it's interesting to think about Leo the narrator acting as a go-between for the reader and the past. I think we always have to question his interpretations. That adult Leo needs to be smarter, better, less emotional than his younger self. I think he is able to see some things differently that are helpful but he also has to be more cynical of all the emotions. 4mo
vivastory @merelybookish I agree. I also couldn't help but wonder if some of his jaded attitude as an adult might not have hampered him as an observer as it lacks some of the immediacy of his observations when he was younger. 4mo
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quietjenn I don't think he's entirely left his child self behind - not nearly so much as he'd like to believe - or would like us to believe. Being the jaded narrator insulates him from the pain (among other emotions) that recalling the events riles up. I think his adult interpretation of events is more reliable than what he would've written as a kid and the truth probably lies somewhere betwixt it all. (there's that liminal between space again!). 4mo
sarahbarnes Such an interesting question. I think as with any narrator, we get a subjective version of events, and this is even more true if the narrator is harking back to the past. @vivastory I agree that he seems so cynical and in some ways unable to move past some of the events he‘s recalling. It seems like he was truly traumatized by what happened with Ted, and he hasn‘t processed that in a way that would allow him to give a more objective account. 4mo
sarahbarnes I also think the interaction with Marian at the end is fascinating. She has her own skewed memory of these events. In the same way that she‘s protecting herself in her version of the story, I wonder if Leo is doing that in some ways as well. 4mo
quietjenn @sarahbarnes I agree! I think that both Marian and Leo have rewritten things into a version that they each need to believe 4mo
Reviewsbylola I think Leo has spent years coming to terms with what happened and has now realized that he was innocent to a lot of what was going on. I think old Marian was intriguing and still had no idea how deeply affected Leo was by the whole circumstance. 4mo
GatheringBooks I agree with @sarahbarnes and @Reviewsbylola with that final interaction with Marian in their old age. The fact that Leo was able to hold his own and refused to do what Marian asked of him suggests that he is no longer under her power. Marian‘s entitlement, though, is staggering. 4mo
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Q4: How sympathetic do you find Marian? Ted? Hugh? Did any of them ever have true affection for Leo or did they merely use him? Do Leo‘s adult analyses of each of them differ much from his childhood perceptions?

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Billypar I think adult Leo describes it as the adults both having affection for him while simultaneously using him, right? I can understand that perspective - that Marian didn't peg him as her future go-between from the start, she just thought she'd help a kid get some clothes to fit in. At the same time, even that action had 4mo
Billypar the benefit of her seeing Ted. But I think people are capable of having self-serving motivations side by side with helpful ones. The bike revelation was pretty interesting though! 4mo
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vivastory @Billypar I do think that younger Leo lacked the emotional maturity to see that someone could have both self-serving interests AND charitable instincts. Great observation! 4mo
Leftcoastzen Yes @vivastory @Billypar a hard lesson for all of us ! When he was bullied at school he knew they didn‘t like him . Adults can like you & still use you . 4mo
quietjenn @Billypar @Leftcoastzen @vivastory very insightful! That liking and using aren't mutually is very much an adult perspective! 4mo
quietjenn I think this is something that I wrestled with. I found myself getting very angry at Marian and Ted - especially in that moment when they both turned on Leo for saying that he didn't want to pass messages anymore. The selfishness on display there and their inability in that moment to see things from Leo's angle really infuriated me. And that Ted quickly repents of it and Marian doesn't probably colored my feelings for the rest of the book. 4mo
quietjenn At the same time, I'm sympathetic to their situation and the societal conventions they found themselves struggling against. 4mo
sarahbarnes Late to the party here, but @quietjenn I was thinking about similar things as I read the book - that Marian‘s and Ted‘s situation was so sympathetic. They weren‘t allowed to show their true feelings, and were forced to do what they could to make do under those circumstances. But at the same time Marian in particular was so selfish in the way she treated Leo, more so than Ted. Probably a function of her sense of entitlement due to her class. 4mo
Billypar @quietjenn @sarahbarnes Yeah, those dual feelings of both being upset with Marian and Ted and still sympathetic to their situation is even more interesting in light of the fact that the two intros seem to indicate that Hartley was similarly conflicted. He set out to make them villains in response to how other authors give such characters a pass on their 'moral transgressions'. But then he started sympathizing with them and changed his approach. 4mo
rubyslippersreads I felt sorry for all three people in this triangle, and for Leo, having to navigate the situation. 4mo
DrexEdit I think Hugh is the most true in his feelings towards Leo, because however much he enjoyed Leo's company, he had no investment in the relationship. He was completely in control of that relationship and could set the tone. Ted also seemed to be a bit sympathetic, perhaps he recognized a bit of himself in striving towards relations with a “better“ class. 4mo
DrexEdit I had very little sympathy for Marian. She used him, she looked down on him, however much she may have enjoyed his company and she was still using him all those years later, with little to no sense of irony of what she was asking him to do. 4mo
Reviewsbylola I disliked the lot of them, although I could give a pass to Marcus for just being a kid. I realize Marian was still in her teenage years too but there was a level of vicious manipulation with her that I couldn‘t excuse. 4mo
GatheringBooks Like @DrexEdit and @Reviewsbylola I found it hard to sympathize with Marian and Ted. In fact I felt impatient towards them - must be my age but I felt that they were self-serving as everyone else mentioned, egocentric, and entitled. Whatever Marian provided Leo, while appearing generous and gracious, cannot compare to the trauma that she inflicted upon a hapless smitten boy who worshipped the ground she walked on. 4mo
GatheringBooks Marian was a master manipulator - and the way she behaved towards the end in her old age suggests that she is incapable of loving anyone but herself. 4mo
LeahBergen I‘m with @Reviewsbylola here. I was all ready to forgive Marian‘s narcissism as a typical “teenager in love” character flaw until that nasty old bag hauled it out and tried it on him again when he visited her in old age. 4mo
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Q3: The world that Leo describes is defined by class differences. Where does Leo fit in the
social structure in relation to the Maudsleys, Ted Burgess, and Lord Trimingham? How do
these class differences influence his relations with each of them?

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merelybookish Orwell has a line about being "lower, upper, middle class" and that was how I thought of Leo. Depending upon who he is with, he is either subordinate or superior. He is subordinate to Maudsleys and High but superior to Ted. He is probably closest to the Maudsleys which is why he has the hardest time getting his footing with them. 4mo
Leftcoastzen He‘s definitely middle class so between the people he interacts with.I speculated what his mother was thinking, meaning she was probably hoping it opens doors for him , better schools , better career , better marriage eventually if he bonds with his friend & the family. 4mo
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quietjenn It seems another instance of how “go-between“ is entirely the correct term for Leo. He is very much striving middle class - not quite so rich or well-connected as the Maudsley, and well-below Hugh, and his attitude of awe and deference to them (as well as his disapproval of Marian and Ted) reflects that. But there's some uneasiness with it too, as you see during the cricket match and when he actually interacts with Ted as a person. 4mo
Billypar I thought it was interesting how Marcus more than any other character tried to make Leo conscious of class and how he should see himself compared to Ted or the servants. I know it's because he's a kid and very sensitive to those dynamics, but it did kinda make me want to kick him 🙂 4mo
rubyslippersreads I agree with @quietjenn that it‘s another example of Leo being a “go-between.” 4mo
DrexEdit I actually think he's fairly lower middle class. His mother didn't even have money to outfit him for the summer, much less all the costume changes the upper class would go through in a day. He's probably closest in class to Ted in terms of income, but Leo's not working class (and tenant working class at that). But his introduction to Ted thru the Maudsley's meant that he had to look down on him, or felt he had to. 4mo
Reviewsbylola I think Leo was very motivated by societal standards but I also feel like his realization of that didn‘t come until adulthood and that he didn‘t fully understand his motivations in that regard until much later. 4mo
GatheringBooks More than the tragic love story, I felt that the explorations of classism, snobbery, prejudice were quite potent and the fact that the servants have been rendered voiceless and invisible (yet always with an undercurrent of resentment with Leo being asked to clean up after himself with the witchcraft paraphernalia). The game towards the end between the common folks versus the genteel people surfaced that tension even further. 4mo
vivastory @GatheringBooks I agree with this point about the exploration of class & prejudice. I found this to be esp effectively portrayed during the dinner after the game. The villagers & the upper class forcibly integrated in a token display of democratic good cheer that was largely ignored due to people talking over one another. 4mo
vivastory @quietjenn Leo's class as being another instance of him as a go-between. What a great comparison! 4mo
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Q2: The famous opening line of The Go-Between sets the tone for Leo Colston's avowal that his younger self is a complete stranger; unrecognizable to his adult self. Do you believe this? Why or why not?

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merelybookish I did believe it. I can believe that from the perspective of 1950, that 1900 really did feel like another country. Leo in 1900 has such optimism for the 20th century. Leo in 1950 has survived 2 World Wars that destroyed many ideals and nearly destroyed Britain. I felt that shift was always in the background. 4mo
Billypar Agreed @merelybookish - and then if you multiply that difference with all of the developmental differences in how a 12-13-year-old interprets and interacts with the world of adults, thinking of the past as another country is a great metaphor. 4mo
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vivastory @Billypar @merelybookish I couldn't help but be reminded of some of the y2k optimism while reading this & thinking of how quickly that soured 4mo
Leftcoastzen Agree with @merelybookish as well. I think too he was from a small middle class family so some of the goings on in the household his friend was raised in is a bit of an overload for him . 4mo
merelybookish @Billypar Yes well said! Childhood is like another country to an adult! And it didn't take long for that Y2K optimism to fade @vivastory but perhaps such hope is inevitable at the start to a new century. 4mo
quietjenn @Billypar @merelybookish exactly! I think it's very human nature to look back at yourself and find yourself marveling at the difference - witness the phrase "was I ever that naive?" - but then to compound that with the tumultuous events of the early 20th century ... Foreign country at the very least! 4mo
quietjenn @vivastory @merelybookish I remember being in college in the late nineties and talking lots in English lit classes fin-de-siècle literature and how we were approaching our own and “dawn of the new.“ I do think that it is inevitable, but maybe the disappointment that soon follows is also? 4mo
Billypar @quietjenn So true - it's naivety heaped on naivety! And yes @vivastory I do remember that kind of awe people had about 2000 - it's funny how just the idea of a new century can be such a powerful signifier. 4mo
rubyslippersreads Didn‘t he have a nervous breakdown? I would think that might have made a huge division between his childhood and adult life. 4mo
Reviewsbylola I‘m with @billypar here. That sums it up perfectly. 4mo
GatheringBooks I can‘t help but think of my own past as another country - in the literal sense, living in my third country now. So yes, the line resonated with me deeply, with all its power and unadorned nostalgia. Great point with @merelybookish ‘s mention of the two world wars and how that can definitely age a person, so much so that the past feels like another country altogether. 4mo
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Hello, friends! I‘m a bit late posting the questions, but here we go. I hope everyone enjoyed the book!

Q1: In the introduction, Colm Tóibín writes that the novel “is a drama about Leo‘s deeply sensuous nature moving blindly, in a world of rich detail and beautiful sentences, toward a destruction impelled by his own intensity of feeling...” Do you agree with this statement?

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Billypar I liked Tóibín's intro, but I'm not sure it's the first and best way I'd describe the novel. I think Leo begins to have his own designs on the situation that emerges and "moving blindly" makes him sound a little too passive. 4mo
Leftcoastzen Yes , his descriptions sometimes lead me to believe he‘s too emotionally invested in the going‘s on . 4mo
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sprainedbrain @Billypar I agree with you… Leo definitely made some decisions for himself. 4mo
vivastory @Billypar Agreed, this does make Leo sound passive. 4mo
quietjenn Well, I agree with the "rich detail" and "beautiful sentences" but am not quite convinced of the other. Maybe sensuality is something I'm just not very attuned to. ?‍♀️ Although the heightened emotion feels true to me, as things have an intensity in youth that is rarely matched - in my experience - in adulthood. I don't think he's entirely passive, but wouldn't credit him with a ton of agency (although also seems accurate for his age). 4mo
merelybookish Haha, I'm so glad others responded because I was perplexed by this quote and admittedly did not read the introductory essay. I'm not sure Leo had that agency either although isn't part of his narrative based on the idea that he did? I mean he partially believes he was responsible? @quietjenn @vivastory @Billypar 4mo
quietjenn @merelybookish I only read it after! I do think that Leo (and others, such as Marian and her mother) gave himself far to much credit (and/or blame) for the events of that summer. 4mo
rubyslippersreads I haven‘t read the essay yet, but the only way I can see that Leo was “ moving blindly” was that there were so many adult elements that he, as a child, didn‘t understand. 4mo
Billypar @merelybookish I didn't give this aspect a lot of thought until now, but he started with this false sense of agency with believing spells and curses can have an effect on real events. But towards the end, by doing something like changing Ted and Marian's meeting time, he had a real influence on events (even if the result was unintended and the exact opposite of his wishes). Lying is almost like the real-world version of a spell gone wrong. 4mo
merelybookish @Billypar Right and he does cast that weird spell.at the end 4mo
DrexEdit I don't think I have too much to add. I think Leo was “moving blindly“ in that there was adult stuff going on that he didn't understand. He did try to influence events, but I don't think he totally understood them until much later. I do totally agree with the sensuous nature and intensity of feeling. I got the sense that even as he narrated the events of his childhood that he was still remembering every smell, every touch, and certainly the heat! 4mo
Reviewsbylola Eh, the destruction part of it feels false to me. That‘s where Toibin lost me. I felt that the characters, at least the two that used Leo to propel their own relationship, were on a path of destruction that Leo clearly felt was his doing but in fact he was just caught up in it. It would have imploded whether he‘d been involved or not. 4mo
GatheringBooks I read a different edition of the book so was not able to read any introduction at all. But i echo @Billypar and @vivastory re the passivity of the tone and Leo‘s witchy-like-borderline-supernatural “agency” - i thought he did not move “blindly,” but rather saw/perceived things differently based on his limited naive understanding of what was going on. Yet it was also a “slippery slope” of sorts, in that he seemed unable to stop at all. 4mo
batsy I'm sorry I haven't had the chance to finish this up yet, but I hope to return to the discussion when I have! I'm enjoying the book a lot :) 4mo
vivastory @batsy As always I look forward to your thoughts, so please chime in when you do finish! 4mo
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Spending some time finishing this up today, so I'm ready for the #nyrbbookclub discussion tomorrow. About halfway through and enjoying it immensely. @sprainedbrain @vivastory

daena I found it fantastic all the way through! Looking forward to hearing everyone‘s thoughts tomorrow as well. 4mo
catebutler I too am rushing to finish this up for the discussion! 4mo
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The Go-Between's portrayal of a 12-year-old's thought process in its protagonist Leo is so good, it's almost eerie. It made me remember what it was like to be that age: how much you want the respect of adults and feel compelled to trade your child's imagination for obeying rigid social signals (which, honestly, is a pretty bad deal!) And for such a sensitive book, it's got a fair amount of action and mounting suspense.

Billypar Looking forward to talking about this one @sprainedbrain @vivastory ! 4mo
sarahbarnes Great review! I agree! 4mo
vivastory Wonderful review! Agreed, it's definitely a rotten deal 4mo
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daena Great review, well said. 4mo
Brimful I read this book when I was very young. It was the book that taught me literature was not just about the story! 3w
Billypar @Brimful That's so true - the story is usually what gets me to pick up a book, but only one factor in terms of how much I enjoy it. The characters in this one are what stand out. 3w
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I really enjoyed this book! Looking forward to the discussion @sprainedbrain and @vivastory ! 😃

vivastory I'm really looking forward to your thoughts during the discussion! 4mo
Brimful A book I read a long time ago when I was 13 or so. It was the book that taught me that there was more to fiction than the story! Wonderful book! 2mo
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Well, I‘ve finally started this month‘s #NYRBBookClub pick; I‘m 75 pages in and I‘m LOVING it.

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vivastory Wonderful! I had a feeling that this was a Leah book! 4mo
batsy Look at that copy 😍 4mo
youneverarrived What a lovely edition 🤍 4mo
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Billypar I just finished it last night - I really liked it! 4mo
merelybookish I am also not suprised you like it! 4mo
quietjenn Gorgeous copy, as always! 4mo
rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 4mo
LeslieO Oh that sounds so good! 4mo
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This was a rich, engrossing, and somewhat stressful read. When you know a secret will out! (I confess I read the last few pages early to put my mind at ease. 🙈) Such layers and depth: the story of Leo the boy, the memory of Leo the man, the background of the first half of the 20th century. It's a coming-of-age tale like no other. Even things that can irk me (prologues/epilogues, scenes laden with portent) worked. Excited to discuss! #nyrbbookclub

batsy Nice review! I'm so behind and only going to start today 🙈 4mo
merelybookish @batsy Thanks! It's pretty compelling so probably once you start you will be swept up. 4mo
vivastory Great review!I finished this today as well & loved it. I agree about the prologue & epilogue. They usually annoy me, especially epilogues but I thought it was very well done. 4mo
merelybookish @vivastory Thanks! Yes epilogues are usually terrible but I feel this one added depth. Marian's interpretation challenges so much. 4mo
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Saturday night drink and a book. About 127 pages in and I‘m totally hooked. #nyrbbookclub

vivastory The part where he's rooting for it to get to 100 degrees 😬 4mo
Leftcoastzen @vivastory I can‘t believe anyone would root for that says the unhappy Desert dweller ! Tho we have monsoon rain so it‘s been in the 80s for a high for 2 days !😄 4mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen That's a nice break for you! It was over 100 here today & I don't think it's going to be much cooler over the next week. 4mo
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Leftcoastzen @vivastory OMG! You‘re in KC right ? The humidity! I spent summers on grandparents farm in Mo. we took siesta midday cuz it‘s plenty hot just regular temperatures. 4mo
daena @vivastory we hit 110 with the heat index today, absolutely brutal. 4mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Yeah, I'm in KC. The weather can definitely be draining for sure 4mo
vivastory @daena I can't wait for fall! 4mo
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I'm going to lunch & a movie in about an hour, but I just wanted to chime in with others who have commented on this one. It's a lively, & strange, book. I love it so far. I can't wait to finish it & I look forward to the discussion next week! #NYRBBookClub

LeahBergen I‘m looking forward to reading it this week. 👍 4mo
vivastory @LeahBergen I think you'll love it! 4mo
BarbaraBB Glad to hear you have a good weekend and are enjoying the book. You will too @LeahBergen 4mo
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Slowing making my way through our #nyrbbookclub book. Still really enjoying it. I especially like the narrator's dual perspective, what 13 year-old Leo thought, felt & believed at the time versus what adult Leo understands and sees looking back. It makes a seemingly dull topic like cricket become fascinating for all it reveals about Leo then and now. @vivastory @sprainedbrain

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Hello dear Litsy friends, I‘m back!!!! It hasn‘t been a great Litsy summer for me between my English course (which I loved and will post more about later) and generally more busy times with the reopening. But I‘m having a lazy morning starting this one today and loving it. Looking forward to #NYRBBC discussion!

Megabooks I was wondering where you‘d been! Glad to know you‘re okay! 4mo
BarbaraBB So good to see you‘re back!! And you‘re in for a treat with this book! 4mo
BookishMarginalia Welcome back! 4mo
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vivastory Glad that you're back! Looking forward to your thoughts on the book 📚📚 4mo
LeahBergen Hello, hello, hello! 👋🏻 4mo
LeahBergen Happy, happy Birthday!! 📚❤️📚❤️ 4mo
vivastory Hey, I hope you are doing well. Just a heads-up that I need you to post your nominations for #NYRB by tomorrow (9/5/21) so that the international members will have time to order. Thanks! 3mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#NYRBBookclub we read sophisticated thrillers , wild SciFi ,cultural criticism & more . Please tell me why the British novel with the theme of a middle class visitor to an Upperclass families house seems to always have such a strong appeal ? What they learn and how they assimilate it , usually changing them forever.I love this novel, a re-read for me.Maybe we will toss that around in our discussion.

Billypar It's interesting how that theme completely dominated literary novels for so much time. Class issues may come up in new novels now, but there's no stock 'story' that recurs like it used to that I can tell. Or if there is, we see it in romance novels maybe. It is interesting to read the nyrb choices and see how many different variations on that theme exist, with some aging better than others. 4mo
LeahBergen I don‘t know why but I always seem to love ‘em. 🤣 4mo
sarahbarnes Really enjoying it so far as well! 4mo
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merelybookish
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Cheap edition, cheap bookmark, cheap mug. But it's all good because I'm 💯 loving this book so far! 🥰
#nyrbbookclub @vivastory @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain I‘m loving it, too! 5mo
LeahBergen 😆😆 Love this post. #CheapCubed 5mo
Centique I‘m so excited that people are loving it! 😍 5mo
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Billypar I just started it yesterday, but it's got a very promising (and unexpected) beginning! 5mo
merelybookish @sprainedbrain It's very immersive! 5mo
merelybookish @LeahBergen I like the hashtag. 😂 Of course, normally I'm #fancycubed. 😛 5mo
merelybookish @Centique Yes! So good so far! 5mo
merelybookish @Billypar Agreed. He pretty much had me with the zodiac signs. 😀 5mo
vivastory I'm starting in a couple of days. It's promising that the group seems to enjoy it so far! 5mo
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Leftcoastzen
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#NYRBbookclub The reading buddy ! Nacho getting his beauty sleep . #catsoflitsy

peanutnine 😻 5mo
LeahBergen Nacho! 😘😘 5mo
rubyslippersreads Look at that big bunny foot! 😹 5mo
Leftcoastzen @rubyslippersreads he has jumbo big bunny feet 😹 5mo
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Leftcoastzen
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Good to be able to browse the library stacks again . Picked up my hold for the #NYRBBookClub .I had read the Go Between so many years ago must reread if I am to join in for the discussion.I‘ve been failing at the discussion portion of the program lately! Will I get to all these ? Who knows , I‘m such an impulsive reader & a flashy , new dust jacket may turn my head ! 😄

vivastory The Walker is really interesting. I'll be curious to see your thoughts. I totally understand about being distracted 😂 5mo
Suet624 I have removed myself from the voting portion of the NYRB group, but I keep buying the books that they pick. :) 5mo
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vivastory
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rubyslippersreads This has been on my TBR list for ages. 5mo
vivastory @rubyslippersreads Feel free to join us! 5mo
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Leftcoastzen I have read it , but it has been so long ago I plan to read it again .😁 5mo
vivastory @Leftcoastzen Wonderful! I think that it'll be interesting to have the perspective of people who have read it before 5mo
GatheringBooks Looking forward to the discussion! 💕🧚🏻‍♀️📚 5mo
LeahBergen I‘m glad that I‘m finally being “forced” to read this. 👍 5mo
vivastory @GatheringBooks I always really enjoy your input! 5mo
vivastory @LeahBergen It's been on my TBR for awhile too 5mo
BarbaraBB I‘ll be traveling then but will check the discussion. It‘s a wonderful read! 5mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I'm glad to hear that you enjoyed it! Are you going somewhere exciting? 5mo
BarbaraBB I hope so. If all goes well and things don‘t go downhill again in Europe, I‘ll be sailing in Greece 🙏 5mo
sisilia @BarbaraBB Take me with you 😆 @vivastory It was a 5⭐️ for me. I watched the movie, too (Julie Christie as Marian), but of course the book is better. It was the second book for my IRL book club here, and I remember the lively discussion we had. It‘s a perfect book club book 5mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB Fingers crossed that everything works out well! 😬 5mo
vivastory @sisilia I'm so glad to hear that. I'll have to check it out. I love Julie Christie. 5mo
catebutler Just started it this evening. Looking forward to the discussion in a few weeks! 5mo
vivastory @catebutler I hope you like it. I've heard so many fantastic things about it 5mo
DrexEdit I'm about halfway through it. I've now added this discussion to my calendar so I don't forget to show up! 🙂 5mo
vivastory @DrexEdit I'm glad that you'll be joining us! I hope you're enjoying the book so far. 5mo
DrexEdit @vivastory I am. This is a great story. You know what's going to happen and the tension is just ratcheting up slowly. and this narrator is a blast! I'm enjoying him quite a lot! 😀 5mo
rubyslippersreads @vivastory Thanks! Could you please add me to the “tag” list? 5mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Thank goodness we have Litsy to make us read some of our backlist. 😆 5mo
vivastory @rubyslippersreads Sure, no problem 👍 5mo
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DrexEdit
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I'm enjoying this #nyrbbookclub book! I'm not too far in so it's still reading like a turn-of-the-century country manor house weekend story, but from the point of view of a naive schoolboy! I think things are about to get complicated. As things do.

#lunchtimereading

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GatheringBooks
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Skipped another one of the endless family dinner parties to binge-read my non-NYRB edition of our #NYRBBookClub pick for the month of July. Magician, curses/hexes, coming-of-age, summer spent with a schoolmate - what‘s not to love?

vivastory What a wonderful edition! I'm looking forward to diving into this one 5mo
merelybookish Your non-NYRB edition is prettier than mine! 😉 And you make it sound so good! 5mo
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merelybookish
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#Bookmail! My non-NYRB edition of the next #NYRBbookclub pick has arrived!
And the first line is ???"The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there."
@vivastory @sprainedbrain

Ruthiella That‘s an awesome opening line. 5mo
merelybookish @Ruthiella Agreed! I feel like maybe I've heard it before. 5mo
GatheringBooks Yay! I also have a non-NYRB edition of our BOTM. 5mo
vivastory I just received my copy a few days ago. I'm looking forward to reading it 5mo
sisilia The famous opening 🥰 Enjoy the book! 5mo
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BarbaraBB
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This was a 4⭐️read for me back in 2010. I even can remember a bit, which is quite exceptional. I won‘t reread because I have so many unread books waiting for me but I will be looking forward to the discussion! #NYRBBookClub

Megabooks Oh it‘s fantastic when a book is that memorable! 5mo
sisilia I read it in 2018 and loved it. I wont reread it, either. So many books to read 😆 5mo
KarenUK Love this book 💕 5mo
sprainedbrain I hope I enjoy it as much as you did. ❤️ 5mo
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vivastory
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1) Catherine Ryan Howard's "Rewind" I started it this morning & am almost finished with it. It's fantastic!
2) The only must read books for me this month are for the following buddy reads: a) the tagged book for #NYRBBookClub co-hosting with @sprainedbrain b) Margaret Laurence's "Stone Angel" with @merelybookish c) "S" by JJ Abrams with @Cinfhen
3) I recently posted my top 10 #midyearfaves
@rachelsbrittain #weekendreads

Cinfhen I‘m NERVOUS for our #BuddyRead 😬That book is intimidating 5mo
vivastory @Cinfhen I'm definitely getting House of Leaves vibes from it 5mo
BarbaraBB Can‘t wait to follow your buddy read. I loved House of Leaves! @Cinfhen 5mo
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GatheringBooks
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#JulyJourneys Day 2: Here is my #JulyTBR which includes our #NYRBBookClub BOTM except it isn't the NYRB version. hehehe.

vivastory You have a good month planned 📚📚 5mo
Eggs So colorful ❣️ 5mo
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vivastory
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BarbaraBB I am glad this one has won, since I hated Love Works 😉. This one is great! 6mo
vivastory @BarbaraBB I've heard great things about it! I'll keep that in mind about Love Works 6mo
arubabookwoman I read this within the last year or two, and liked it. I probably won't reread it, but hope I remember enough to participate in the discussion. 6mo
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LeahBergen Great! 👏🏻 6mo
Liz_M This was my favorite of the three choices! @BarbaraBB 😁 I also disliked Love's Work. 6mo
emilyhaldi Looking forward to it! 6mo
EvieBee Perfect incentive to read this! 6mo
vivastory @EvieBee Please feel free to join our discussion. We haven't selected a date yet, but it will either be Saturday or Sunday & more than likely will be the final weekend of July 6mo
quietjenn Cool! This has been on the proverbial tbr for ages. 6mo
KVanRead Looks great! 6mo
Centique Oh I‘m excited to watch you discuss this. I loved this book! But it is totally my wheel house - time and setting and coming of age - so I‘m probably biased 😊 Hope you all enjoy! 6mo
vivastory @Centique You should join the discussion, Paula! 6mo
Centique @vivastory I‘ll see if I can reread a few bits to remind me about it and if so, I will 😊💕 6mo
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Helen19
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs :) I hope it‘s still Thursday somewhere...! 1. No, I‘m from a place called Derby but I live in Exeter (UK). Came down for university and stayed for beaches and boyfriend! 2. Grateful for hardworking postal service and my first #litsylove. Also that the baby napped long enough for me to reply! #thankfulthursday

rockpools 👋🏻 Hi from just-down-the-coast! 1y
Helen19 @RachelO Hi! Whereabouts are you? 1y
rockpools @Helen19 Teignmouth 🌊 😁 1y
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Helen19 @RachelO I did see you comment about a lido the other day and it made me think of Plymouth - I‘ve wanted to go there for such a long time, hope I‘ve not missed my chance! 1y
rockpools @Helen19 Hopefully things will be able to open up eventually - they put so much work in getting Plymouth Lido up and running again a few years back. And it‘s so pretty! 1y
Helen19 @RachelO It does look lovely. This whole situation has made me determined to go to all those places on my list and stop putting them off for later, especially as some places are closing now. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes to #2!! I leave my mailman/woman snacks in the mailbox lol ❤️ 1y
Helen19 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks that‘s so thoughtful! I need to leave something for mine as they have been delivering a lot more during lockdown! 1y
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batsy
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I was away from home for a couple days so I only just got to open this fab "blind date with a book" package from the lovely @erzascarletbookgasm ! I love the note, chocolate, and bookmark and am so grateful for the two books that have been on my TBR! Thank you so much Jessie, this was such a delightful surprise ?❤️❤️

erzascarletbookgasm 😁Happy belated V Day! 💕 2y
Leftcoastzen One of my local indies had a blind date with a book display up.Fun idea. 2y
batsy @erzascarletbookgasm Thank you and happy belated Valentine's to you as well 🤗 ❤️ 2y
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batsy @Leftcoastzen It's pretty nifty, isn't it 🙂 2y
Centique I love love love The GoBetween. Hope you enjoy it! 2y
readordierachel What a lovely surprise! 💕 2y
batsy @Centique Thank you, I'm happy to hear that! 2y
batsy @readordierachel Truly ❤️ 2y
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arubabookwoman
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This book begins with one of the more famous opening lines of a novel. I saw the movie starring Julie Christie years ago, but am only now reading this #1001 book.

Cinfhen Love that line!!!! 2y
ljuliel Such a good book ! 2y
BookwormM One of my favourite books ever 2y
Cathythoughts Great quote 👍🏻❤️ 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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BarbaraBB It‘s good! 2y
Cinfhen I love black and white covers 2y
ljuliel Super good book ! 2y
sisilia This book is 👌🏻 Loved it! 2y
Eggs Perfect 👌🏼 2y
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Staci
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Mehso-so

There were some funny parts but overall the book was "meh" for me.

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sisilia
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I started reading NYRB Classics last year, & am now an addict. I own 103 titles (can‘t stop buying!), have read only 25 🙈

Here‘s a list of my 5⭐️ reads:
1. The Door by Magda Szabo
2. The True Deceiver by Tove Jansson
3. Grand Hotel by Vicky Baum
4. The Go Between by L.P. Hartley
5. All for Nothing by Walter Kempowski
6. Katalin Street by Magda Szabo
7. School for Love by Olivia Manning
8. The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne by Brian Moore
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sisilia 9. The Summer Book by Tove Jansson 10. Chess Story by Stefan Zweig (edited) 2y
LeeRHarry I love the Brian Moore one 💕😊 2y
sisilia @LeeRHarry Me, too! And I want to read Mangan Inheritance, also by Moore 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm Wow so many nyrb titles! 😍 Thanks for sharing your favourites. 2y
Suet624 Thank you so much for sharing. I‘ve saved this post so I‘ll know which ones to order next! I still think of The Door and I read it several years ago. 2y
sisilia @Suet624 Emerence is one of a kind 😆 2y
MicheleinPhilly 103???? You are my book buying hero. 🙌🏼 2y
sisilia I hope to read 103 @MicheleinPhilly 🤪 2y
cathysaid Wow! Soooo jealous! I, too, enjoyed The Door and own Katalin Street but have not read so I will move that up on my list. Also, I recently read All For Nothing and man...that's a tough read from a subject matter perspective. But I “enjoyed“ it. Have you read Stoner by John Williams? It's a good one...just ask @tamra . I'm currently reading The Land Breakers by John Ehle. Only 30 pages in but liking it so far. (edited) 2y
cathysaid @sisilia @LeeRHarry I recommend The Mangan Inheritance 👍 2y
sisilia @cathysaid I was fangirling over Kempowski after I read All for Nothing. The boy in the story - Peter - is his alter ego. I have Stoner, and plan to read it next month. Heard lots of praises about it 😍 Haven‘t heard of The Land Breakers; will check it out now 😆 2y
Tamra @cathysaid 😂 I‘m such an evangelist of Stoner. Yes, I did really love it. 💜 2y
sisilia @Tamra I‘m looking forward to my first John Williams 😀 2y
AnneCecilie Thank you for sharing. I‘ll look into your 5 ⭐️ reads. 2y
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 2y
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Walli
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Die Jugend ist die schönste Zeit und gleichzeitig auch die Schlimmste. Eine Zeit, die zu überstehen ist, an die man sich später doch am liebsten erinnert. In ihr können einschneidende Ereignisse sehr prägend sein. Viele werden sich an den Sommer ihres Lebens erinnern. Dies und Leos Erinnerung an den Sommer von Brandham Hall lassen die Lektüre dieses bezaubernden Romans zu einem besonderen Genuss werden.

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Gave this a pick, with reservations.
I can see where Ian McEwan got his idea for Atonement.
It‘s an enjoyable read, but it‘s a long set up for an end that is mostly foreshadowed from a mile away. Still, a nuanced coming-of-age story.
(☝️ my “lantana ladder” project today!)

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KarenUK
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After recently discovering 4 of my 5⭐️ reads linked by recommendations in reviews, I feel like I‘ve discovered my true wheelhouse! (See two posts ago)
And I was looking for a different kind of reading challenge for next year....
So using Goodreads recommendations on those 4 books, and also the site whatshouldIreadnext.com, I have made myself an experiment/challenge! I wonder how many 5⭐️ reads I get! #mywheelhouseTBR
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KarenUK Featuring some modern classics, some books by authors I‘ve read and loved before, and some totally new to me recommendations, I‘m feeling pretty excited about the list 😊👍 3y
Cinfhen Nice list!!! I recently bought and I‘m looking forward to reading 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I have The Go-Between in my TBR - need to bump up! 3y
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Moray_Reads There are some brilliant books here, The Little Stranger, The Go-Between, Orlando, Brideshead Revisited, The English Patient... 3y
Indexasaurus I just read The Little Stranger a couple months ago and loved it. Definitely my favorite of the year so far. Great list! 3y
Crazeedi Great idea! I'd love to read more books that I'd rate 5 ⭐️ 3y
BarbaraBB Many great ones. I loved Lolita and just bought The Rotters Club! 3y
sprainedbrain I just want to say that it appears your wheelhouse is also my wheelhouse. Brideshead Revisited and The House at Riverton are two of my favorites, so I‘m stacking the rest of these. 😂 3y
KarenUK @sprainedbrain 😊👍💕 3y
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sisilia
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One of the bookclub member has this vintage copy 😍 She has it in her bookshelves since 1975, untouched! 😝

LeahBergen I‘m was thinking of picking this next for my book club. 👍🏻 3y
sisilia @LeahBergen It‘s really good! Some parts are left ambiguous and that‘s even more fun for bookclub discussions 3y
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sisilia
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The second NYRB Classics meetup 😍 Everyone loved the book and went into detailed discussions about each characters

AlaMich An NYRB classics book club would be so great! I am envious! 😊 3y
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sisilia
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I cannot imagine being in Leo‘s shoes; one moment life was mundane, and it‘s a big chaos the next... all of these at age 13, too! 😱 When you have a past that corrupted your innocence, I‘m sure your past will forever be a foreign country to you.

BookwormM One of my favourite books 3y
sisilia @BookwormM Beautiful writing! I‘m having a book hangover now 3y
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sisilia
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#NYRBClassics have never failed me. I‘m enjoying this book now. Happy time!

BarbaraBB A really good book 💜 3y
AlaMich I need to win the lottery so I can join the NYRB Classics Book Club! #notgonnahappen 3y
sisilia @BarbaraBB Have you seen the movie? I cannot get hold of the one with Julie Christie 😅 3y
BarbaraBB No I haven‘t. Is it good? 3y
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sisilia
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Starting “The Go-Between” for NYRB Classics Reading Society meeting on Oct 14th

Do you annotate? I use tags to mark those phrases and paragraphs that I‘d like to refer back

I‘m currently crazy about these Chigiru Seals. I can just tear them in whatever shape I want and stick it on the pages. You can write on it, too!😍

Available in 9 variants - https://philosophia.sg/collections/sticker/products/chigiru-seal-shaped-film-sti...

charl08 Love tags. Or any kind of stationary relared product. 3y
Beatlefan129 Those are really cool 3y
AlaMich Those look fun! 3y
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BookwormM Love this book 📚 3y
LeahBergen Lovely tags! 3y
zzz Those look great! 3y
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Rebnhill
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I'm reading this for my reading challenge for academics in the category: book you loved as a child or teen but haven't read since. Since it is written from the perspective of an older character looking back it now feels doubly nostalgic.

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rabbitprincess
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I really enjoyed this book. Must have been the right book at the right time. Also nice to get context for that famous first line: The past is a different country: they do things differently there.

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rabbitprincess
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Impressive!
(This is from Colm Tóibín's introduction of the novel)

DivineDiana I'll say! 📚 5y
rabbitprincess @DivineDiana And having read so many books, he'd have a lot to draw on when writing his reviews 🙂 5y
DivineDiana Absolutely! 5y
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rabbitprincess
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Enforced telework day today: there's historic flooding in some parts of Ottawa-Gatineau, so people are being encouraged to work from home to keep the roads clear for emergency services. Fortunately, I am safe and dry. Now a bit of reading before starting my work day. (I read on the bus anyway, so this just helps me keep the routine.)

Sace Glad you are safe! 5y
TobeyTheScavengerMonk Dude looks like Ewan Mcgregor. 5y
rabbitprincess @Sace Thanks for the kind thoughts 😊 @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Ha! Ewan does not show up in the 2015 adaptation, unfortunately 😉 5y
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Dragon Thank goodness you're okay! Hope the flood recedes quickly 🙏 5y
tpixie Keep safe and dry!! 5y
rabbitprincess @Dragon @tpixie Thank you both! It didn't rain today, and the waters are expected to peak today, then recede over the next few days. 5y
Dragon What a relief that the weather is cooperating! 👍 5y
Hobbinol I've been meaning to read this book forever... 5y
rabbitprincess @Dragon Indeed! @Hobbinol It was very good! A Pick for me 😊 5y
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I knew that all the events of those nineteen days in July were astir within me, like the loosening phlegm in an attack of bronchitis, waiting to come up.

(eww)

Dogearedcopy That's so romantic. Not. 😄 5y
LeahBergen The look on my face is exactly the same as my license photo now. 😂 5y
rabbitprincess @Dogearedcopy I know right? @LeahBergen HAHAHA 😂 5y
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luvamystery65 Was the author a nurse because that sounds like lunch time conventions in the critical care areas. 😜 5y
rabbitprincess @luvamystery65 Haha not as far as I know! 5y
luvamystery65 I'm just kidding about the author being a nurse but we say disgusting things like that without realizing it. Like, did I ever tell you about the time I... 5y
rabbitprincess @luvamystery65 Makes sense to me! The simile here really stands out because the narrator is nowhere near being a nurse. 5y
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