The Go-Between by L.P. HartleyThe 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 masterpiece—a richly layered, spellbinding story about past and present, naiveté 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.
Among the sources most often studied, L. Building on this double influence, I propose new interpretations of prominent motifs such as vision and focalisation, the tableau vivant , imagination as the vector of narration, the metanarrative questioning of language and the distortion of events in Atonement and its adaptation, within the framework of not only thematic but above all formal intertextuality and interfilmicity. Among the sources often mentioned, L. Commentators will take their lead from several interviews in which McEwan has referred to the novel, for instance in The Guardian in But what does remain from The Go-Between is the long hot summer.
One of his school-friends, Marcus , who has a newfound respect for Leo on account of his magical reputation, invites Leo to stay at his aristocratic estate in Norfolk for the summer. His mother , who raises Leo single-handedly, feels she will miss Leo but insists that he must go. Leo arrives in the opulent environment of Brandham Hall in July and is quickly intoxicated by its inhabitants and their refined way of life. On their day-trip, Leo is quickly smitten with Marian, who buys him a green suit that makes him feel a bit like Robin Hood with his Maid Marian! While in Norwich, Marian asks Leo to entertain himself for a while by visiting the cathedral; just before they reunite to head home, Leo notices her saying goodbye a male stranger.
L. P. Hartley
All Time Best Romantic Novels 21: The Go-Between
Revaluation: L. Gardner bio The Go-Between by L. Hartley New York Review of Books, Hartley's The Go-Between is surprisingly resonant and enduring: "The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there. In contrast Hartley's haunting tale of lost innocence underscores the modern experience of broken time, a paradox in which humanity is alienated from the past, yet not free from it, a past that continues to exist in and to control the subconscious. The Go-Between is a brilliant portrait of a natural and credulous childhood, a subtle meditation on memory, and an incisive critique of the self-sustaining social institutions of the landed gentry—the public school, the country house, the cricket ground, and the established church—institutions complicit in the rigid hierarchies and brutal inequities of the British class system. The Go-Between tells the story of Leo Colston, a guileless middle-class boy of twelve who spends the summer of at Brandham Hall, the home of his school friend Marcus Maudsley.