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Author: Penelope Fitzgerald
On the Battersea Reach of the Thames, a mixed bag of eccentrics live in houseboats. Belonging to neither land nor sea, they belong to one another. There is Maurice, a homosexual prostitute; Richard, a buttoned-up ex-navy man; but most of all there's Nenna, the struggling mother of two wild little girls. How each of their lives complicates the ot...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780002216142
ISBN-10: 0002216140
Publication Date: 9/3/1979
Pages: 144

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Publisher: HarperCollins Distribution Services
Book Type: Hardcover
Other Versions: Paperback
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Helpful Score: 5
I loved this book. The language was very beautiful. I will probably read it again in the future. Nenna's "give" speech is absolutely heart-breaking.
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Helpful Score: 1
I found this book dull and a waste of time. Didn't like any of the characters, except the children. No plot to speak of, although I appreciated the ending. I don't know how it ever won an award.
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Helpful Score: 1
This was an unusual little story that I liked well enough to finish but wasn't overly fond of. Plot-wise it's not unlike "Cannery Row" (which I enjoyed more), in that it tells excerpts from the lives of various neighborhood characters. The dialogue seemed awkward at times and didn't always make sense, and I found it somewhat difficult to keep track of the characters, of which there were quite a few for such a short book.
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