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The Greengage Summer
The Greengage Summer | Rumer Godden
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The faded elegance of Les Oeillets, with its bullet-scarred staircase and serene garden bounded by high walls; Eliot, the charming Englishman who became the children's guardian while their mother lay ill in hospital; sophisticated Mademoiselle Zizi, hotel patronne, and Eliot's devoted lover; 16 year old Joss, the oldest Grey girl, suddenly, achingly beautiful. And the Marne river flowing silent and slow beyond them all...The Greengage Summer is Rumer Godden's tense, evocative portrait of love and deceit in the Champagne country of the Marne - which became a memorable film starring Kenneth More and Susannah York.
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Bertha_Mason
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"Two tears fell on the pillow, only two; it was as if she were bleeding, not crying."

kspenmoll Really loved reading this book ! 1mo
Bertha_Mason @kspenmoll Me too! I love the moment of literary irony in where, whereas usually in these stories the perceptive kids rise to the occasion at the end and show up all the oblivious adults, these kids just don't, and get bailed out by an adultier adult. Because they're kids, and we readers had no right to expect otherwise. That struck me hard. 4w
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Bertha_Mason
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"To wake for the first time in a new place can be like another birth."

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Bertha_Mason
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"Privately I thought her very beautiful, with her heavy dark-red hair and eyes that seemed almost too enormous—like a sunflower‘s."

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Bertha_Mason
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""You never think of anyone but yourselves." We stared. Whom else should we think of?"
An adolescent cluster B mood.

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Bertha_Mason
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"We were odd, belonging and not belonging, and odd is an uncomfortable thing to be; we did not want to belong but were humiliated that we did not."
An adolescent mood.

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Bertha_Mason
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"Most grown people are like icebergs, three-tenths showing, seven-tenths submerged—that is why a collision with one of them is unexpectedly hurtful—but Mother was like a child transparently above board and open, "To any scallywag," said Uncle William."

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Tereses
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I love greengages so this book has been on my TBR pile for a whole. This morning i woke to the dounf of rosellas (parrots) fighting /feasting on my greengages

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quietjenn
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A #blameitonlitsy, for sure. Although to be honest, I've mostly been reading the Kindle version on my phone during my commute, which is great because i can translate the French bits.

LeahBergen I‘ve been meaning to read this for ages. 😬 11mo
LeslieO I love Rumer Godden! 11mo
batsy I love this book 💚 11mo
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quietjenn @LeslieO this is my first one, although I have a few others I've purchased along the way, so it won't be the last. 11mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen me too! I've had this copy sitting around forever. 11mo
quietjenn @batsy it seems very beloved! 11mo
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kspenmoll
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#LMPBC #groupG
Little gem.

merelybookish ☺️☺️ 2y
batsy I love it! 2y
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kspenmoll
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#LMPBC #groupG #catsoflitsy
Clearly Em did not want me reading tonight. Managed to get her off Margot‘s book! No damage!
Ashley, got it this week,forgot to post. 🤪

merelybookish Cute kitties are always okay on my books! 😺 2y
BookwormAHN Em is adorable, glad you got it 😸 2y
bookish_wookish So cute! 2y
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Meeko93 😻❤ 2y
Dragon 😻 2y
kspenmoll @merelybookish Emmy sends her thanks. Her intention was not to harm your book, but to get me to play.😻 2y
kspenmoll @BookwormAHN @bookish_wookish @Meeko93 @Dragon She does melt out hearts. Thank you! 2y
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BookwormAHN
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I finally finished The Greengage Summer. It was kind of a slow read until the end. @kspenmoll I will be mailing this to you by the end of the week. Sorry it's late.
#LMPBC Group G @suvata

merelybookish I'm late with mine too. Hope to mail off tomorrow 2y
merelybookish Mailed your package off today! Should be there by Monday. ☺️ 2y
BookwormAHN @merelybookish Okay I'll watch for it 😸 2y
kspenmoll No worries! I have lots I am reading! 2y
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BookwormAHN
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I received The Greengage Summer and a lovely postcard from @merelybookish today for #LMPBC @suvata 😸 I'm looking forward to starting it.

merelybookish Wow! That was fast. ☺️ 2y
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merelybookish
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Avanders Love this quote 💖 2y
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LeahBergen
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#IHeardARumor (well, make that a "Rumer").
This one is still TBR for me.

#AugustGrrrl
#FolioSociety
#FolioFriday

readordierachel So pretty! 2y
rubyslippersreads 😂😂😂 2y
Cinfhen Well played 🙌🏻gorgeous edition 💚 2y
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JenP I think you own every folio book! ❤️❤️ 2y
batsy I love this book and this edition is lovely 💚 2y
erzascarletbookgasm 😂 gorgeous edition! 💚😍 2y
RachelO This looks beautiful! And yet another author I've been meaning to read for about 20 years... 2y
writerlibrarian Very pretty edition. Cool green. 2y
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christineandbooks
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What a wonderful, perfect August book! It took a little while to get into the story but it was one of those books that starts slowly and draws you in so that you just want to inhale it. A bit coming-of-age, a bit mystery, incredibly atmospheric, wonderful characters, and apparently all based on an experience the author had as a teen. So glad I read this! I'd love to hear from anyone who has read other books by Godden...What should I read next?

batsy Aaaah I love this book! Another one that I thought was really good 2y
christineandbooks @batsy I was hoping I'd hear from you since I know you loved this book. Thanks for the recommendation! 😊 2y
batsy @christineandbooks Oops I think I've raved about this book one too many times 😆 2y
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christineandbooks @batsy I love it when people rave about books they love! 😊 2y
christineandbooks @Zelma Thanks for the recommendation... I'll have to look for that one! 2y
christineandbooks @Zelma and @batsy I loved this book as a child but didn't know it was by Rumer Godden. 2y
batsy @christineandbooks @Zelma I haven't read the ones you mentioned, can't wait 😊 I also enjoyed this one 2y
Zelma @batsy I really need to read more Godden. I don't know why I haven't. 2y
batsy @Zelma Me too! I imagine Mount TBR gets in the way ☺️ 2y
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christineandbooks
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Next up! Moving from the modern-day American South to English children in France in the 1950's (I think...). Takes place in the "hot French August". Sounds perfect...

EvieBee Love her!!! 2y
Lindy This is a wonderful book! 2y
tpixie There's a movie, too! 🎥 2y
batsy I love this book and yay @Lindy glad to see you agree ☺️ 2y
christineandbooks @EvieBee Which of her other books would you recommend? 2y
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Brona
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Phew! Made it to the cafe in time ☔️☔️ #sundaywalk #sydneystorm #warmanddryinside

BethFishReads I ADORE this book 3y
Brona It was utterly delightful @BethFishReads I don't know how to write a review to do it justice! 3y
BethFishReads Right! 3y
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Brona
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Not looking quite so summery in Sydney this afternoon.