The Greengage Summer

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Pan, 1993 - Fiction - 186 pages
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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 . . .

They would merge together in a gold-green summer of discovery, until the fruit rotted on the trees and cold seeped into their bones . . .

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. In the preface, Rumer Godden explains how it came to be written.

‘An exciting tale, this novel has both charm and atmosphere, and Miss Godden recaptures with an easy unsentimental naturalness the unfocused vision of adolescence’ Evening Standard

‘One of the finest English novelists’ Orville Prescott

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User Review  - Cheryl_in_CC_NV - LibraryThing

I picked this up because I've liked some of Rumer Godden's juveniles. This one's a little odd, though. Reminds me a bit of the ones by Bill and Vera Cleaver - written in a more adult style, with ... Read full review

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User Review  - lucybrown - LibraryThing

My 5-star rating of this book, one of the golden books of my early adolescence, has more to do with how utterly enraptured I was by the novel one hazy Georgia summer than it does with literary merit ... Read full review

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About the author (1993)

Rumer Godden was one of Britain's most distinguished authors, with many justly famous and much-loved books for both adults and children to her credit, including The River, Black Narcissus, The Peacock Spring and Coromandel Sea Change. She was awarded the OBE in 1993 and died in 1998, aged ninety.

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