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5.0 out of 5 stars A book about the young, but for all ages., 16 April 2001
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This review is from: Goldengrove Unleaving (Paperback)
Jill Paton Walsh often focuses on basic, important themes, especially in the context of heroes or heroines learning a lesson they would much rather not face (A SCHOOL FOR LOVERS and KNOWLEDGE OF ANGELS are other good examples). Here, Madge, the young and sensitive heroine, is confronted with the storms which have driven her family apart, the contrast between living your life by thought and living it by emotion, the difference between love and pity, and the harsh truth that often it is too late to put things right. Her battle between idealism and 'whether the end justifies the means' is set into bold relief as the narrative is interspersed with scenes from her old age, where many facts, small and large, resonate with the past. All the characters are sympathetically drawn - you really care about them - and the 'big issues' are fairly and unjudgingly presented. The writing is wonderfully gentle and clear. A book about the young, but for young and old alike.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Lyrical Coming of Age, 7 Mar 2012
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This review is from: Goldengrove Unleaving (Paperback)
A beautiful novel - originally published for young adults as two separate, short books - describing the lives of Madge and Paul, cousins, who grow up spending summers at Goldengrove, their grandmother's house on the South Cornwall coast. The first half of the story depicts the summer in which Madge and Paul have definitely grown up from children to adolescents, and explores how in certain ways, inevitably, they are growing apart. Madge bonds with a blind professor, to whom she reads, while Paul - less intellectual though more perceptive about the professor's character - watches with annoyance and anxiety, and enjoys exploring the Cornish coast with their fisherman friend Jeremy. Behind the story is a tremendous family secret, revealed in the final chapters with perfect timing. 'Unleaving', the second half, is slightly more profound (definitely for adults, whereas 'Goldengrove' could be read by children or teenagers) and follows Madge's life the summer of her grandmother's death: she inherits 'Goldengrove' and is persuaded to let the house to a philosophy professor for a summer conference. Madge bonds strongly with the professor's son Patrick, a sensitive and musical young man, much troubled by his parents' relationship to his sister, who has Down's Syndrome. Philosophical debates among the students at the conference mix with Madge and Patrick's growing intimacy, and happy social events with Madge, Patrick, Paul and Matthew, one of the younger students, including explorations of the Cornish coast. Madge and Patrick's story is interspersed with glimpses far into the future, when Madge herself is an old woman, living at Goldengrove. This novel contains some of the most exquisite writing I've read about landscape - having holidayed in Cornwall near where the novel is set, I can safely say Paton Walsh brings that area wonderfully to life. The characters are believable and finely created, particularly in 'Unleaving', which leaves us with many interesting thoughts about human nature. And Paton Walsh shows here that at her best she is a magnificent storyteller. Definitely one of her best books, and indeed a top 20th-century novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Goldengrove Unleaving, 10 Feb 2012
This review is from: Goldengrove Unleaving (Paperback)
A very good story, well-told. The Times Literary Supplement review said "...the reader is carried along like a surf rider on the crest of a wave knowing it must soon break". A very apt comment with which I am in complete agreement.
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