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The Bookshop
The Bookshop
Author: Penelope Fitzgerald
Short-listed for the Booker Prize — ?A beautiful book, a perfect little gem.? ? BBC Kaleidoscope — ?A marvelously piercing fiction.? ? Times Literary Supplement — In 1959 Florence Green, a kindhearted widow with a small inheritance, risks everything to open a bookshop ? the only bookshop ? in the seaside town of Hardborough. By making a success of ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780544484092
ISBN-10: 0544484096
Publication Date: 6/9/2015
Pages: 192
  • Currently 3.3/5 Stars.

3.3 stars, based on 5 ratings
Publisher: Mariner Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Members Wishing: 3
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Helpful Score: 4
By the celebrated British author, this book is a tiny gem, one that packs a lot of small-town psychology into a delightful story. There is humor as well as curiosity.
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Helpful Score: 4
A widow decides to open a bookshop in a town that doesn't have a book store, and only too late begins to suspect the truth...that a town
choosing to survive.

I loved this book! The language was perfectly chosen, the situations made me smile, and I even had to read some of it aloud to my husband.

Florence Green(the widow) is to be admired for her wit, and her innocent courage, that comes from simply choosing to survive. As Balzac said, the ordinariness of human lives can never be a measure of the effort it takes to keep them going.
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Helpful Score: 4
Yes, she does have a knack for creating interesting characters, but I found the ending kind of depressing, and life in Hardborough...also kind of depressing. I think I'm ready for something a little deeper...=0)
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Helpful Score: 3
This is a serious book of modern literature. In only 123 pages, Fitzgerald delivers portraits of unforgettable characters in a difficult situation when an "outsider" retiree opens a bookstore in 1959 in a small English hamlet, Hardborough--foreshadowing intended. What can be accomplished in so few pages is remarkable. And the book rises in my estimation every week since I've finished reading it. It's an eye-opener.
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Helpful Score: 2
This is a short read and thoroughly enjoyable. Meant to be read slowly to understand the sprinkles of British humor in one line sentences as well as whole paragraphs. This is a story of a widow that buys an old building and starts a book shop with a lending library in a small town in Britain. The area is near a fishing area and its written so well you can smell the fish. The shopowner deals with the banker, the accountant, her employees and her customers in a very dry witty way. The heighth of the story is a customer asking for the classic erotic book Lolita. Once she decides to stock the book business rockets upward. She tries to expand through getting the building registerd as a historic place and has to endure the politics to get it done. A must read for bookshop owners and other people who frequent bookshops.
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