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Author: Penelope Fitzgerald
Penelope Fitzgerald's Booker Prize-winning novel set among the houseboat community of the Thames. 'Offshore' is a dry, genuinely funny novel, set among the houseboat community who rise and fall with the tide of the Thames on Battersea Reach. Living between land and water, they feel as if they belong to neither! Maurice, a male prostitute, is t...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780007320967
ISBN-10: 0007320965
Publication Date: 8/20/2009
Pages: 144
  • Currently 2.7/5 Stars.

2.7 stars, based on 3 ratings
Publisher: Harpercollins Pb
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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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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