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Æ Read ä The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald æ Sjusamillabakka There is strength and beauty in the margins, where we easily, maybe deliberately, fail to look While I was reading this, I came across an archaic Shetland fishermen s taboo word, sjusamillabakka, for the shifting, liminal space betwixt land and sea Sjusamillabakka is perfect for this book Geographically set in a small, remote coastal town, on an island between sea and river Connectedly every fifty years or so it had lost, as though careless or indifferent to such things, another means of communication river navigability, bridge, railway, and tidal wall Chronologically between the starchy 50s and the swinging 60s Socially a town with clear class boundaries except for Florence Like a governess, a bookseller is too educated to be lower class, but payment means she s NQOTD Not Quite Our Type, Dear Supernaturally the ebb and flow of rappers poltergeists, not Eminem or In Florence Green, A Kindhearted Widow With A Small Inheritance, Risks Everything To Open A bookshop The Only bookshop In The Seaside Town Of Hardborough By Making A Success Of A Business So Impractical, She Invites The Hostility Of The Town S Less Prosperous Shopkeepers By Daring To Enlarge Her Neighbors Lives, She Crosses Mrs Gamart, The Local Arts Doyenne Florence S Warehouse Leaks, Her Cellar Seeps, And The Shop Is Apparently Haunted Only Too Late Does She Begin To Suspect The Truth A Town That Lacks A bookshop Isn T Always A Town That Wants One I started to read this because I was in the mood for a cozy book about a quaint English village bookshop, but soon found out I was in for something else altogether While there are those touches of quaint cozy English village life of which I know nothing personally , it s mainly about the rancor and spite that rises to the surface of the village when The bookshop opens It s a small book, not overly ambitious, but it s also perfectly proportioned and written with a master s touch There s a quick and somewhat shocking scene near the beginning depicting the protagonist helping a farmer hold the unruly tongue of a horse, and once I read that scene I had all the respect in the world for Mrs Fitzgerald.
I haven t read all her novels yet, but the three that I have read all have a sureness of touch in vivid evocation of her scenes, with just The melancholy of defeat She did not know that morality is seldom a safe guide for human conduct.
As gentleness is not necessarily kindness, courage, hard work and virtue is not invariably rewarded, I learned as a child listening to George Brassens s song about the poor brave little white horse that never saw spring Life is no bed of roses for the middle aged widow Florence Green When she decides to open a bookshop in the dozy coastal Suffolk town of Hardborough Southwold , she will have to find out that a kind heart is not of much use when it comes to the matter of self preservation By purchasing the dilapidated, clammy Old House for her bookshop, she almost parenthetically thwarts the plans of the local first lady and patroness of all public activities in the town, Violet Gamart, who actually envisages the Old Ho Sjusamillabakka There is strength and beauty in the margins, where we easily, maybe deliberately, fail to look While I was reading this, I came across an archaic Shetland fishermen s taboo word, sjusamillabakka, for the shifting, liminal space betwixt land and sea Sjusamillabakka is perfect for this book Geographically set in a small, remote coastal town, on an island between sea and river Connectedly every fifty years or so it had lost, as though careless or indifferent to such things, another means of communication river navigability, bridge, railway, and tidal wall Chronologically between the starchy 50s and the swinging 60s Socially a town with clear class boundaries except for Florence Like a governess, a bookseller is too educated to be lower class, but payment means she s NQOTD Not Quite Our Type, Dear Supernaturally the ebb and flow of rappers poltergeists, not Eminem or On an unusually upbeat evening, I was winding up from work The recently bought, crisp, intense 300 pages long fictional drama, that I had left, tantalizingly, at the 273rd page the previous night, was softly tip toeing in front of my eyes The unread pages were already floating invitingly in the evening breeze and I could not wait to reach home for resuming the date When I was just stepping into the lift, I received a call from a friend, a bibliophile in fact Hey Do you know they are closing down L Can t believe it man I am I was not listening NoThe words that reverberated, at first, in concentric circles and then, suspended frozen, were closing down That place so many books, so many friends, so many chuckles, so many revelations, so many On an unusually upbeat evening, I was winding up from work The recently bought, crisp, intense 300 pages long fictional drama, that I had left, tantalizingly, at the 273rd page the previous night, was softly tip toeing in front of my eyes The unread pages were already floating invitingly in the evening breeze and I could not wait to reach home for resuming the date When I was just stepping into the lift, I received a call from a friend, a bibliophile in fact Hey Do you know they are closing down L Can t believe it man I am I was not listening NoThe words that reverberated, at first, in concentric circles and then, suspended frozen, were closing down That place so many books, so many friends, so many chuckles, so many revelations, so many A good book is the precious lifeblood of a master spirit, embalmed and treasured up on purpose to a life beyond life, and as such it must surely be a necessary commodity Sometimes you have to fight against ignorance, prejudice and all kinds of malicious gossiping Sometimes you have to allow yourself to go against the flow and make your mark in an ignorant community that blindly follows the way of the money and becomes hostile to the one who wishes to break the mold Sometimes you have to fight against pretentiousness and dishonesty, you have to justify your choices because you dared to make a choice You have to battle with people and ghosts You have to stand your ground because you are an independent woman No matter whether you find yourself as the winner or not, you have earned the right to walk proudly, in dignity and wisdom This is the world of Florence Green in this beautiful, bit Reading this in conjunction with other nominees for the 1978 Booker Prize, like Jane Gardam s God on the Rocks and Kingsley Amis s Jake s Thing, really does give you this impression of 70s England as a place of small towns, insular gossip, hostility to new ideas, and a preoccupation with quotidian concerns over any sense of the wider world In a sense, fair enough but one does slightly yearn for a littleambition and pizzazz in the novelling world By comparison, Iris Murdoch s The Sea, The Sea, which I didn t entirely love when I read it years ago, seems like a worthy winner it took those parochial English elements and made them into something archetypal, something mythic and strange and genuinely literary.
That said, there is loads to like about most of the choices and this brief study in disillusion and small town rivalries is no exception Fitzgerald 1.
5 starsThe back of this book says that The bookshop was shortlisted for the Booker Prize but unfortunately, to me, it sucked I m the first to admit some books are a bit over my head or I don t always get it, but in this case, I clearly GOT it, it just wasn t that good I would have dished out two stars too, but the ending ruined that and left me in a bad mood The main reason this book almost didn t get finished I would have abandoned if it wasn t so short , is that it was boring Seriously boring I was excited about a book with a bookshop I love small towns I love elderly women wanting to open a bookshop I love shop rivalry So what was missing Any interest The writing is dry and not to my tastes This didn t help at all, but could be overlooked if the story actually had anything happen in it.
There are sh My third Fitzgerald and least favourite Essentially, it s about the power struggle between two women Florence is another of Fitzgerald s innocents, doomed to failure A kind of child woman with a good heart but so lacking in practical acumen that opening a bookshop in a sleepy backward seaside village seemslike a wilful act of self harm than an act of aspiration Especially as we re never led to believe Florence has any kind of close affinity with books She does battle with the power broker Mrs Gamart who wants the property for her own purposes For me it lacked the subtlety of the other two as if Fitzgerald was fed up with being poor and wanted to earn some money It s a book that s tailor made for one of those charming period Sunday evening BBC dramas The characters A small village, Hardborough, hardly surviving the harsh salted air and erosion of the ocean, becomes the choice for a new book shop to be opened by a widow, Florence Green By all intentions, in 1959, it could have been an asset to the town, but it is soon obvious that Mrs Green overstepped social boundaries by buying a building that Mrs Violet Gamart, wife of general Gamart RET, wanted for other purposes Besides this unforgivable faut pas, Mrs Green also unknowingly interferes with the social leadership of the formidable arts doyenne, Mrs Gamart.
Two camps are slowly surfacing and dubious intentions become the name of the game The kindhearted widow, Mrs Green, does not understand the forces at work against her Evil and greed do not make friends, neither do they embrace mercy or kindness Politics is not for the soft hearted Un caramelo envenenado.
Parece un libro sencillo, alegre y divertido sobre la vida en un pueblecito y se descubre como una descripci n descarnada de las luchas de poder en las poblaciones peque as, siempre conservadoras y deudoras de los poderes establecidos, de los caciques de costumbre.
Abstenerse gente que crea en un mundo mejor, o que le frustre que las personas que se lo merecen no siempre reciban lo que se merecen.
I started to read this because I was in the mood for a cozy book about a quaint English village bookshop, but soon found out I was in for something else altogether While there are those touches of quaint cozy English village life of which I know nothing personally , it s mainly about the rancor and spite that rises to the surface of the village when The bookshop opens It s a small book, not overly ambitious, but it s also perfectly proportioned and written with a master s touch There s a quick and somewhat shocking scene near the beginning depicting the protagonist helping a farmer hold the unruly tongue of a horse, and once I read that scene I had all the respect in the world for Mrs Fitzgerald.
I haven t read all her novels yet, but the three that I have read all have a sureness of touch in vivid evocation of her scenes, with just

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