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Topic: "Green Dolphin Street" - 1944 Novel by Elizabeth Goudge

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Subject: "Green Dolphin Street" - 1944 Novel by Elizabeth Goudge
Date Posted: 2/12/2014 3:13 PM ET
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Here's a link to the goodreads page on it.

Truly a forgotten classic. People, if they remember anything, remember the movie (Lana Turner), but not the novel. The writing itself is a pleasure, and the story (historical novel, 1830's British Empire) is compelling, and involves loveable people so imperfect and sometimes stupid that they're perfectly believable.

At times I thought I was reading Dickens - particularly the dry character descriptions. She so perfectly describes a character is his or her own voice, but "unwittingly" letting their foibles shine through and through.

It's hard to find a copy, but if you seek it out, you won't regret it.

Date Posted: 2/13/2014 6:47 AM ET
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very mixed reviews on amazon. some like it. some are bored.

another older book you might like. The Caravaners by Elizabeth Von Arnow.

Date Posted: 2/13/2014 7:01 AM ET
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Elizabeth Goudge is one of my favorite authors!  I have not read Green Dolphin Street yet, but I intend to!  My favorites by her are The Little White Horse (a children's book) and Pilgrim's Inn.  

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Date Posted: 2/13/2014 11:46 PM ET
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very mixed reviews on amazon. some like it. some are bored.

The book has 27 5-star reviews, 4 4-star reviews, 1 3-star, 1 2-star, and 3 1-star. That's pretty great, I think.