The Shrimp and the Anemone

The Shrimp and the Anemone An evocative account of a childhood summer spent beside the sea in Norfolk by brother and sister Eustace and Hilda

An evocative account of a childhood summer spent beside the sea in Norfolk by brother and sister, Eustace and Hilda.

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  1. Full name Leslie Poles Hartley.See enpedia wiki Leslie_P

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  1. Sometimes it seems as if it were the British who invented childhood, especially in the 19th and 20th centuries L P Hartley s The Shrimp and the Anemone made me think repeatedly of my own childhood, of my own lack of understanding of the adult world, especially where money was concerned At one point, Eustace thinks if he had the money, he would not have to do anything but hunt and shoot and visit foreign destinations.Of course, I did not have what Eustace Cherrington had, a sister like Hilda who [...]


  2. 3 stars.This first book in the Eustace Hilda trilogy takes place during one summer in the 1930s with Eustace at 9 years old Hilda 13 He is an odd little boy, at once fanciful and submissive, perhaps due to his poor health Despite the fact that he is unlike any small boy I have ever known, I quickly became sympathetic to him The book was a fast read but has some ideas in it that I am still mulling over I look forward to reading the rest of the trilogy


  3. Oh, L.P Hartley, why are you forgotten This is the second Hartley book I ve read the first was The Go Between , and if anything this one was even better Both of the books take a double view, with a main character seeing things from childhood and the reader having access to what the adult world probably actually looks like This is the same technique that makes The House in Paris so enjoyable, and what I wanted from and did not find in What Maisie Knew, though of course for the latter, it may just [...]


  4. L P Hartley knew how to write children The Go Between was filled with wonderful insights into the mind of young Leo, his fears and embarrassments This book, the first in the Eustace and Hilda trilogy, is of the same but without the tradgedy of The Go Between If you are looking for excitement, drama or thrills then this really isn t for you It s a slow thoughtful book whose events we see through the eyes of young Eustace He s a sweetly nervous boy who wants to please everyone, most of all his ol [...]


  5. Having absolutely adored The Go Between last year I eagerly sought out another book by this twentieth century author.The Shrimp and the Anemone is the first of a trilogy about siblings Eustace and Hilda Eustace is the younger, a mere nine years old when we first meet him and Hilda is his older sister by four years Hilda is strongly committed in making sure young Eustace follows the path of goodness, she is his moral guardian in all things In fact Hilda is scary in the way she both makes Eustace [...]


  6. Frankly, this is gorgeous It s a short novel, yet it took me almost a week as it asks for the slow read the child s thoughts are unsteady and self conscious I haven t come across a depiction of childhood as tender and nuanced as this since, well, David Copperfield or Great Expectations Hartley does here what Dickens does so well he captures the voice and perspective of a boy in an adult world The boy may sound precocious, but the lost child is there throughout I kept thinking of Pip s line to Ma [...]


  7. Having read The Go Between and finding it entertaining I figured there wasn t much to lose in purchasing one of his other novel especially as it was sitting tragically alone in a sale bin for only 1, I m glad I rescued it The prose in this book, in my opinion far surpasses that of The Go Between Hartley manages to capture the beautiful innocence and naivety of a 9 year old boy whilst still using an expanse of wonderful vocabulary There s something I just can t explain but the soul of this indivi [...]




  8. Hartley has an obvious aptitude for capturing the thoughts, feelings and habits of young boys in his writings In his 1953 classic, The Go Between, he exquisitely captures the innocence, devotion and emotional development of young Leo Colston as he becomes inexorably embroiled in his role as messenger in a secret tryst between two young lovers.In The Shrimp and the Anemone, published in 1944, Hartley presents the activities, flights of imagination and childlike innocence of Eustace Cherrington, w [...]


  9. Well what a most annoying book It had such great reviews, is set in Norfolk and promised so much, and yes I know it s taken me ages to read but it was so boring and pointless I just don t get what it was about 217 pages of ramblings, written in the genre of children but by an adult Most frustrating and annoying I have no idea how the book got so many great reviewswhat a waste of my time but I was determined to finish it in the hope it got better However it is possible I think to see he sibling r [...]


  10. This book speaks of a child s world, and his feelings, his fears and his relationship to those around him The children are so innocent and immature for their age but at the same time very sensitive to every word and action from the adults that control their lives This is a depiction of a world no longer in existance where children were extremely well behaved and respectful that I had difficulty empathising with the characters Somehow I kept thinking of Great Expectations by Charles Dickens altho [...]


  11. 1000 novels everyone must read the definitive list Family and SelfSelected by the Guardian s Review team and a panel of expert judges, this list includes only novels no memoirs, no short stories, no long poems from any decade and in any language Originally published in thematic supplements love, crime, comedy, family and self, state of the nation, science fiction and fantasy, war and travel they appear here for the first time.


  12. Before I read Shrimp and the Anemone, I never imagined that I would enjoy reading about a nine year old boy and how the world appears from his perspective But this story is written with such sensitivity and skill that it reawakened past emotions I thought had faded over the years and been lost forever What a great writer L.P.Hartley was.



  13. 3.5 stars An enjoyable, quick read I adopt all the reviews that describe how well the author writes children They are delightful, realistic, and not annoying.



  14. I found this disappointing, totally unable to find much of interest, or sympathy, in either Eustace or Hilda despite the unmistakeable excellence of the writing.


  15. Perfectly lovely, and a few pieces of things to turn over in the mind, but overall it just didn t resonate with me at all Still, I ll read the next and see how it goes.


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