1 June 2019 Susannah

L.P. Hartley & ‘The Go-Between’

“The past is another country: they do things differently there” – so begins the haunting novel The Go-Between by L.P. Hartley. I think this is a stunning book. It is about class, illicit love, boyhood dreams versus cruel reality, and it movingly depicts growing up and the loss of innocence.

This is a novel about a secret love affair between a man and a woman who come from very different echelons of the English class system. In the middle is a boy from yet another social class, a ‘go-between’ between upper and lower class characters in the story.

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Featured image credit- Jack Hollington Jim Broadbent The Go-Between, https://www.imdb.com/title/tt4073696/

Comments (2)

  1. Jan Merriman

    Thank you Susannah for drawing attention to L.P. Hartley. The Go-Between is a special favourite, but his short stories are also wonderful. A number have been made into films, but the 1971 film of The Go-Between, directed by Joseph Losey I have watched many times, with a brilliant script by Harold Pinter, an equally fabulous haunting score by Michel Legrand and a superb cast, including Alan Bates and Julie Christie in the leading roles. The atmosphere of a rare scorching hot languid summer in a Norfolk country house and the unsettling theme of the past as being a place which everyone sees differently have always remained with me.
    I must read the novella again and watch the film yet again..

    • Susannah Fullerton

      You just feel that heat and the romantic tension in the air, don’t you. I love the film, but also really enjoyed the new version, so do try and watch that too.

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