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Comment: Title: The Shrimp And The Anemone, Author: L. P. Hartley, Publisher: The Bodley Head Ltd, Binding: Hardcover, 1967. 254 pages. No dust jacket. Blue pictorial cloth hardcover, with titling on front and spine. Lightly tanned pages and firm binding with fair tanning on fore-edge. Neat inscription on ffep. Boards are good to fair, slight bumping and surface wear on corners and spine ends, with light tanning on spine and along edges of front and rear. Check our feedback, all books quality controlled and dispatched within 24 hours of order.
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  • Unknown Binding: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Bodley Head (1967)
  • ASIN: B0000CPOGW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,293,403 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 May 2001
Format: Paperback
After studying the novel "The go-between" for my advanced subsidiary level earlier this year, I was pleasantly surprised to find that L. P. Hartley's fantastic talent in portraying adolescence and the issues related to this, is further enhanced through the novel "the shrimp and the anemone". The book, set in Edwardian times, centres around a nine-year old boy named Eustace. The opening scene provides the reader with a brief insight into his kind nature, as well as introducing his rather formidable sister, Hilda, who is three years his senior. Eustace is marvellously portrayed in the novel, and one can genuinely assume that there are broad parallels in this book with "the go-between". I throughly recommend that one reads "the go between" either before or after reading this novel since it compliments the book to a great extent. The shrimp and the anemone is a tale about growing up and the problems one faces. Hartley does well in writing this book since funerals and inheritance are not commonplace amongst the dilemnas which a young child has to face! The story developes and little twists emerge in the plot, subtlely, however as effective to the reader as could possibly be. A marvellous read for anyone who is interested in Hartley's work or even those who love to read about people and relationships. As well as providing a thoroughly enjoyable tale, Hartley gives one insights into the time in which the novel is set in, and so the issues of class differences, a rigid social hierarchy and the value placed on moral issues are underlying factors. A masterpiece in it's own right, although, in my opinion, even more so when viewed alongside the other masterpieces of LP.Hartley!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By David on 9 Dec. 2006
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This classic tale continues to entertain and delight readers of all ages. It is set in Hunstanton, on the NW Norfolk coast, called Anchorstone in the novel, and fully conveys the fresh atmosphere of the English seaside of a century ago.

For the mature reader, a great deal of the novel's literary value lies in Hartley's ability to represent the child's mind, not only taken up with childish activities, but also casting puzzled glances into the adult world, encountering the elderly and the not-so-beautiful and struggling to understand adult concepts and conversation. Then there is the relationship between Eustace and his older sister, as she seeks to replace their dead mother and guide him in his growing up: a relationship which was meant to explain that of their later years; but frankly, the rest of the trilogy is something of an anti-climax. Better for most readers to go on and tackle his weightier masterpiece, "The Go-between".
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By David Alford on 25 Feb. 2015
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After the " The Go-Between", the Eustace and Hilda trilogy, of which this is the first volume, is probably the best-known of L.P.Hartley's works - a charming evocation of inter-war childhood and the relationship between a young boy and his slightly older, rather domineering sister. It does encourage you to find out what happens to the children in the later volumes.
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This is as charming as his better known book,The Go Between. Like that book it is centered around a young boy who does not fully understand the adult world.
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