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The Greengage Summer (1958)

por Rumer Godden

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A sixteen-year-old girl captures the dangerous attention of an older man in this New York Times-bestselling novel by the author of Black Narcissus. Soon after the end of the terrible Great War, Mrs. Grey brings her five young children to the French countryside for the summer in hopes of instilling in them a sense of history and humility. But when she is struck down by a sudden illness and hospitalized, the siblings are left to fend for themselves at the lovely, bullet-scarred hotel Les Oeillets, under the suspicious, watchful eyes of its owner, Mademoiselle Zizi. The young ones find a willing guide, companion, and protector in charming Englishman Eliot, a longtime resident at Les Oeillets and Mlle. Zizi's apparent paramour. But as these warm days of freedom, discovery, and adolescent adventure unfold, Eliot's interest becomes more and more focused on the eldest of the Grey children, sixteen-year-old daughter Joss. The older man's obsession with the innocent, alluring, heartbreakingly beautiful woman-child soon threatens to overstep all bounds of propriety. And as Eliot's fascination increases, so does the jealousy of his disrespected lover, adding fuel to a dangerously smoldering fire that could erupt into unexpected violence at any moment. Told from the point of view of Cecil, Joss's sharp-eyed younger sister, The Greengage Summer is a beautiful, poignant, darkly tinged coming-of-age story rich in the sights, smells, and sounds of France's breathtaking Champagne country. It remains one of the crowning literary achievements of Rumer Godden, acclaimed author of beloved classics Black Narcissus, The River, and In This House of Brede.… (mais)
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    I Capture the Castle por Dodie Smith (Lirmac)
    Lirmac: The Greengage Summer and I Capture the Castle are both exquisitly-crafted books narrated by girls on the brink of maturity. Both are engaging and timeless, and neither descends into the clichés of the 'coming of age' story.
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Tremendous. I loved this book. I was so sorry when I finished it. It was an old-fashioned exciting novel. I guess it's something of a classic (1958) young adult coming-of-age novel, but I had never heard of it - I came across a mini-review, I think in the NYT, which intrigued me and lent me to borrow it.

Five siblings and their mom take a trip to France, from Britain; but mom gets sick on the way and has to be hospitalized. The four sisters and one brother range in age from 16 to 4. They find themselves on their own in a hotel seemingly filled with enemies, and one ally, a mysterious Englishman who takes responsibility for them, but hides deep dark secrets. ( )
  Tytania | Sep 22, 2023 |
Usually a fan of Rumer Godden's stories, I found myself skipping countless infilling sentences in this novel as I was getting bored with the descriptions and the repetition. I should add, I never read it as a child / YA and I understand a lot of people who love it first read it when they were younger. ( )
  ArdizzoneFan | Jul 3, 2023 |
Family of naive kids on their own in France, while their mother is in the hospital, encounter worldly people at their hotel. A coming of age story, and a coming of awareness story. The narrator is the younger sister and her voice is both that of herself looking back, and herself when young. How things end, and what happened to everyone, is left vague, which was tantalizing - I wanted the kid's dreams to come out right for them. Wonderful and disturbing. ( )
1 vote piemouth | Jan 24, 2019 |
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 mature ideas, absolutely no didactism, almost no humor. My copy was from a thrift store and has no preface. I didn't find it uplifting or interesting or anything, really. ( )
1 vote Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
"Ever afterwards in our family, we called it the greengage summer", May 10, 2016 This review is from: The Greengage Summer (Ki, 11 May 2016

This review is from: The Greengage Summer (Kindle Edition)
Evocative account of five English children on holiday in France sometime after WW1. When Mother has to go to hospital almost immediately, they are left in the 'care' of the hotel staff: snappy Madame Corbet, kitchen-hand Paul, Mlle Zizi - and the English beau of the latter, the charming Eliot. But as all the children grow utterly enamoured of Eliot, they are becoming aware that something is not quite right :
' "We love him", I said uncertainly. Can one love someone who is not good?'

A novel of growing up; the eldest daughter Joss discovers her power over men - but how that can be used against her by a rival - and the joy of being able to escape at last back to their safe life as children, albeit forever altered by their experiences...
Quite a compulsive read. ( )
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A sixteen-year-old girl captures the dangerous attention of an older man in this New York Times-bestselling novel by the author of Black Narcissus. Soon after the end of the terrible Great War, Mrs. Grey brings her five young children to the French countryside for the summer in hopes of instilling in them a sense of history and humility. But when she is struck down by a sudden illness and hospitalized, the siblings are left to fend for themselves at the lovely, bullet-scarred hotel Les Oeillets, under the suspicious, watchful eyes of its owner, Mademoiselle Zizi. The young ones find a willing guide, companion, and protector in charming Englishman Eliot, a longtime resident at Les Oeillets and Mlle. Zizi's apparent paramour. But as these warm days of freedom, discovery, and adolescent adventure unfold, Eliot's interest becomes more and more focused on the eldest of the Grey children, sixteen-year-old daughter Joss. The older man's obsession with the innocent, alluring, heartbreakingly beautiful woman-child soon threatens to overstep all bounds of propriety. And as Eliot's fascination increases, so does the jealousy of his disrespected lover, adding fuel to a dangerously smoldering fire that could erupt into unexpected violence at any moment. Told from the point of view of Cecil, Joss's sharp-eyed younger sister, The Greengage Summer is a beautiful, poignant, darkly tinged coming-of-age story rich in the sights, smells, and sounds of France's breathtaking Champagne country. It remains one of the crowning literary achievements of Rumer Godden, acclaimed author of beloved classics Black Narcissus, The River, and In This House of Brede.

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