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Going back by Penelope Lively

Going back (original 1975; edition 1991)

by Penelope Lively (Author)

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Title:Going back
Authors:Penelope Lively (Author)
Info:Harmondsworth: Penguin Books (1991)
Collections:Read but unowned, Read All Time, Read in 2012
Tags:English Literature, British Literature, Novel, CASS

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Going Back by Penelope Lively (1975)



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Going back is a wonderful novella that transports the reader back to the nostalgia of golden bough of youth when all summers are one hay-making and raspberry-time and lanes tented over with leaves and the tipping hillsides bleached pale where they have cut the corn (p. 52).

Jane goes back to the home where she lived as a seven-year old girl in the English countryside during the Second World War. Among many sweet memories, there's a marring one about running away from home with her brother Edward.

More than the actual visit, Going back is about remembering, bringing back memories of growing up at that special time, and thinking about the people, friends, her brother and especially, also, her father.

Going back was originally conceived as a children's book, however, later on Penelope Lively rewrote it for adult readership. Inevitable, on LT the two versions are listed together and tagged as children's literature, as a result of which many readers will miss this precious novella. ( )
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On a visit to her childhood home a woman recalls the experiences she and her brother had while living there during World War II and especially the reasons they decided to run away.

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