The Greengage Summer

The Greengage Summer

by Rumer Godden


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ISBN-13: 9780330327787
Publisher: Pan Books Limited
Publication date: 12/01/1995
Pages: 186
Product dimensions: 5.12(w) x 7.76(h) x 0.47(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

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The Greengage Summer 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Just needed to clear up the previous review. I read the book first when I was 12 and have read it every year since (more years than I care to count!) The father is a botanist in Tibet who only comes home every few years - hence the age difference between the five children. Joss, a young women who is beautiful 'just now', Cecil, a young woman who is lumped with her sister Joss in all family matters but finds herself being left behind, Hester who is younger than Cecil and the family peacemaker, Willmouse, the only boy in the family (and who wants to be a designer of womens high fashion clothes) and Vicky who is too young to be involved in the story much. Their mother is bit by a horsefly and is hospitalized at the beginning of their vacation to tour the 'battlefields of France'. They continue on alone to their hotel where they are involved in an episode of love, lust, murder and a world class thief.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was a very well written story and an entertaining read. Refreshing.
LyzzyBee on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
25 Dec 2010 - Secret Santa gift from LibraryThing Virago Group member ParmavioletA delicious coming-of-age novel. Cecil and her delightfully-drawn siblings are thrown onto their own resources when their mother falls in on the way to their holiday in France. They are awakened to the mysteries of sex and adulthood by the set of characters at the hotel, some of whom - Eliot in particular - are meant to be protecting them. Hugely atmospheric and evocative of hot teenage summers and learning who to trust.
Lidbud on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The Greengage Summer by Rumer GoddenI have owned this book for quite a few years and picked it up, as I felt that my reading was a little bit stalled, and I needed something that would be a quick read. I am very glad that this was the book that I chose.The story concerns the five Grey Children, who travel to France on holiday with their mother. The mother thinks that the children are spoiled and wants to show them the battlefields of France to make them less selfish. As soon as they arrive their mother becomes sick, and is confined to a hospital bed, leaving the children to stay at a local hotel, largely unsupervised. They are taken under the wing of Eliot, an enigmatic Englishman who seems to live permanently at the hotel. They find summer in France to be very different to what they are used to in France, They gorge themselves on greengages from the orchard, and discover adult 'pleasures' such as drinking alcohol. The narrator of the story is thirteen year old Cecil (a girl), but it is her elder sister, Joss 'suddenly achingly beautiful' who is at the centre of the action as she attracts attention from the men at the hotel, leading to the crisis near the end of the novel.This is a very well written book, and one that I can highly recommend to anyone who enjoys coming of age fiction.
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