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Pages for You [Kindle Edition]

Sylvia Brownrigg
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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Sylvia Brownrigg's Pages for You is the story of a sentimental, sensual education, a love affair between a student and a teacher--all blushes, kisses, books and poetry. Flannery is just 17 and a first-year student at an American university; Anne, a lecturer, is 28: "wise, well-travelled, sophisticated". Flannery sees this red-haired, red-lipped goddess drinking coffee in a diner, wearing "pointed, pretty, argumentative boots", and is immediately smitten. Her dreams begin to taunt her with a "bawdy vividness", and much to her surprise the dreams become a reality, when Anne returns her affections. The story is beautifully paced, in small, concise chapters, each capturing a moment in an intense emotional experience. The prose is lyrical and a little gauche, mirroring Flannery's youth and her enthusiasm for literature--she is a poet in the making, and her heartfelt narration of her own story reflects that. If Desdemona loved Othello partly for his stories, than Flannery loves Anne partly for the content of her bookshelves. The novel is lush with sensation and impression; a recognition of the physical passion that the two women share:
If doubt had smouldered in Anne at first, the sex extinguished it ... Her questions were silenced by their pleasure calls, and the smoothness and the fluidity of their limbs together calmed her.
The novel is intimate and romantic, vivid as the "passionate hot fall of the autumn leaves with their brilliant reds, yellows and golds". --Eithne Farry

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Sylvia Brownrigg's Pages for You is the story of a sentimental, sensual education, a love affair between a student and a teacher--all blushes, kisses, books and poetry. Flannery is just 17 and a first-year student at an American university; Anne, a lecturer, is 28: "wise, well-travelled, sophisticated". Flannery sees this red-haired, red-lipped goddess drinking coffee in a diner, wearing "pointed, pretty, argumentative boots", and is immediately smitten. Her dreams begin to taunt her with a "bawdy vividness", and much to her surprise the dreams become a reality, when Anne returns her affections. The story is beautifully paced, in small, concise chapters, each capturing a moment in an intense emotional experience. The prose is lyrical and a little gauche, mirroring Flannery's youth and her enthusiasm for literature--she is a poet in the making, and her heartfelt narration of her own story reflects that. If Desdemona loved Othello partly for his stories, than Flannery loves Anne partly for the content of her bookshelves. The novel is lush with sensation and impression; a recognition of the physical passion that the two women share:
If doubt had smouldered in Anne at first, the sex extinguished it ... Her questions were silenced by their pleasure calls, and the smoothness and the fluidity of their limbs together calmed her.
The novel is intimate and romantic, vivid as the "passionate hot fall of the autumn leaves with their brilliant reds, yellows and golds". --Eithne Farry

Product details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 352 KB
  • Print Length: 277 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0374228590
  • Publisher: Picador; New Ed edition (6 July 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330484621
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330484626
  • ASIN: B005AV5VJE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #77,746 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful 29 Jan 2002
Format:Paperback
An amazing book for anyone who has ever been young and in love, this is the story of a student who becomes obsessed by - and later has a relationship with - her teacher. Rather than sensationalising the lesbian relationship it is primarily a very traditional love story exploring the nature of relationships. The prose is gorgeous, poetic stuff - occasionally veers into the over-flowery but always pulls back in time.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback
Pages for You was an impulse buy at 5.30 in the morning, with the prospect of a three-hour train journey and nothing to read looming on the horizon. Eleven months later, it's been thumbed through more times than I care to count and has whole passages committed to memory.
It is the story of two people who fell in love. The fact that they are both women is, beyond a couple of passing references to the outside world, incidental. It can be identified with by anyone who has ever experienced unrequited love, anyone who has ever been in love, anyone who has ever tasted betrayal, and anyone who has even just dreamed. The narrative is written in the third-person, but reading the prologue and between the lines, the narrator is an older, wiser, and more cynical Flannery, telling a story woven around her poem, "Pages for You", from which the novel takes its name. With enviable ease, it demonstrates sensuality and eroticism without becoming cheap and graphic.
Sylvia Brownrigg transcends international borders, outside experiences, and sexualities, resulting in a commentary relevant to every person in the universe on the crazy things we're willing to do for love.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all those romantics! 4 April 2006
Format:Paperback
I first read this book when I borrowed it from the library and from the beginning I knew I had to buy it. I read it over and over even if I know what is going to happen. Wonderfully written with short chapters to keep you hooked and great descriptions which really gets your imagination going.
I recommend this book to anyone who is a romantic or just likes to read a wonderful story of a person finding her way through life and love with a woman who's the complete opposite! Fantastic, an absolute page turner! Oh I feel like reading it now!!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So Enjoyable 21 Jun 2004
Format:Paperback
Before I read this, I was sure that I'd never find an enjoyable lesbian related book anywhere. But I was proved very wrong.
Pages For You is an incredible journey into a relationship. The author uses beautiful details to describe her characters, makign us immediatly aware of shy but savvy Flannery, and confident, beauitful Anne. From the first page we get an immpression fo their relationship, and details from the begining get carried through the book, to create a feeling of wholeness.
This is one story, Brownrigg always shows us. Just one story in the lives of two intriguing, wonderful women, Flannery and Anne. While Flannery gets the main focus of the novel, it is Anne who carries the story, with her whily ways and her beautifully crafted character. Flannery and Anne are so different,a dn so perfectly layered. You can see exactly ow their relationship works, and exactly how it flows.
Brownrigg's writign style is amazing. She carries you straight into the character's heads and uses wonderful descriptions and ideas to give the book a landscape quality - I mean, it feels like you're really there.
But, aside from how well its written, what I loved most about this book is, it doesn't preach. Flannery and Anne are just gay, or bi, or whatever. Very little is mentioned about the fact that they are both girls. It msotly just tells the story of their relationship. It makes lesbianism seem absolutely natural, something which preachy teen novels never manage to do. Flannery and Anne. They're just a couple. maybe they're in love. That's the point of this book.
I love this story and can't praise it highly enough.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Breath taking! 4 Jun 2003
Format:Paperback
This book is fantastic, i did however find it hard to get to grips with the way the author writes, never the less fantastic.
If you have ever been inlove or are inlove, it really does make you think! It actually brought a tear to my eye - tad bit sensitive i think!
i recommend it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply my favourite book 8 Mar 2009
Format:Paperback
This simply is my favourite book.

Written in short chapters it is completely compelling and I was unable to put it down, and each time I pick it up again I have to read the whole thing again.

Brownrigg gives us believable, flawed, detailed characters and a view of a first love and a relationship we can all relate to, gay or straight.

The writing is brilliantly desriptive and intense, you can smell the park in the autumn and feel the angst and lust right along with the lead character.

Every friend I lend this to ends up buying their own copy to read and lend to their friends so if someone hasn't lent this you already then buy it, read it, and lend it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passionate, Thrilling and Emotional! 11 July 2009
Format:Paperback
I bought this book, thinking "It's probably going to be like all of the others I have read" - in other words, lacking.

How wrong was I?

Pages for You, is a beautifully written book. I was slightly worried from the blurb, and the Prologue that it may turn out to be two hundred odd-pages of poetic metaphor; but Brownrigg eloquently does her story justice.

Split into three sections, Pages for You guides you through three phases of love: falling in love (and the lust that comes along with it), being in love (and the problems that come with it), and finally the demise of a relationship; and the heartache and confusion that comes a-long with it. The fact that there are element of this being a "coming out" story, the focus is very much on the two lead characters; but it never feels underplayed, or devoid of true emotion.

I couldn't put this book down. It's packed full of a perfectly tuned elements from sex, love to just reading and feeling that epoch of lovingly-happiness. It's a far cry from many of the childish "Coming of Age" books I have previously read; and is adult in every way; thus making it perfect for older-teens and adults akin.

I highly recommend this; and it's certainly a book I will be keeping on my bookshelf for a very long time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars loved it
I read this book so fast I loved it! It was nice to read a book were there were two girls in love...but it wasnt a lesbian book juat a lovely loce story
Published 4 months ago by Francesca Howie
4.0 out of 5 stars Gentle story!
This is a great love story and I must have enjoyed it because I found it difficult to put down!
Published 8 months ago by walby
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
This book was enjoyable enough and an easy read. For me I just which the outcome had been kept more of a secret, but hey! Can't have I all sometime! Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Al
One of my favourite books. I have read this book 3 times already and I'm sure I'll read it again in the years to come. A great romantic story about first love and coming of age.
Published 13 months ago by Ali
5.0 out of 5 stars Pages for you
A truely lovely story, the kind of book that you want to finish to see how it ends, but then leaves you wanting more. Buy this book, it is beautiful.
Published 18 months ago by Ms A Mehmet
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant.
I highly recommend this book. I read it in three days. It's Brilliant. Buy it you will love it. a+a+
Published 18 months ago by Karen Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
A story of failed love which, along with the constant references to smoking as "sexy", leaves a bad taste behind. I am biased in favour of happy endings and there isn't one here. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Just Me
1.0 out of 5 stars drivel
Thank the Lord that I picked this up in my local pound store. Badly-written tosh. I am struggling to find the requisite twenty words to describe this books short-coming, but here... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2012 by J. E. Holmes
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly very lovely
If I ever will be forced to name a book about love, and it must be a new one, I'd probably name this. Very touching, and as someone else wrote, it is valid for other couples too. Read more
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I really did love this book but just didn't understand the ending? I am a realist and don't always expect a happy ending but this one was just weird, and out of character. Read more
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