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The author of the book: L.P. Hartley
Edition: Faber Faber
Date of issue: April 3rd 2000
ISBN 13: 9780571203826
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 17.62 MB
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Sometimes it seems as if it were the British who invented childhood, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries. L P Hartley's The Shrimp and the Anemone made me think repeatedly of my own childhood, of my own lack of understanding of the adult world, especially where money was concerned. At one point, Eustace thinks if he had the money, he would not have to do anything but hunt and shoot and visit foreign destinations.
Of course, I did not have what Eustace Cherrington had, a sister like Hilda who looked after him and helped him along when he fell. And I certainly did not have an ailing Miss Fothergill who left me a fortune. Somehow, I managed on my own; but I was not as disadvantaged as Eustace was. Not quite retarded, Eustace was a bit slow and had what appeared to be a weak heart.
I think of Eustace's crush on the unworthy Nancy Steptoe, and how she manages to lord it over the poor boy. Fortunately, by the end of this first volume of the Eustace and Hilda trilogy, Eustace begins to understand what is in store for him but has no idea on how it will affect the simple things he loves.
I look forward to following his adventures in the following volumes, The Sixth Heaven and Eustace and Hilda.
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