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Passing On by Penelope Lively

Passing On (1989)

by Penelope Lively

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I liked these interesting people who are not perfect and certainly don't understand themselves. Perfect length. ( )
  mahallett | Dec 21, 2017 |
brother and sister living in English village. Mother dies, and haunts. ( )
  jaaron | Feb 19, 2012 |
Penelope Lively writes with grace and precision. I always feel as if I have spent time in the English countryside when I read her books, and Passing On is no exception. It is the story of three siblings who deal with the legacy left by a cold and domineering mother. Helen's attraction to a man who is unwilling to return her sentiments is poignant, as is her brother's lonely existence and reluctant acknowledgement of his homosexuality. Edward is not a particularly likeable character, and I was disturbed that his transgression against an adolescent boy was not reported to the police. Clearly, there is a great divide between being gay and being a pedophile. The third sibling, Louise, doesn't live with her brother and sister in the house in which they all grew up, but her problems are also revealed in the course of the book. Helen's self-respect eventually emerges and provides a strength of character that is a reassuring conclusion. ( )
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A domineering old woman dies in a Cotswold village. Her death "releases" her two middle-aged unmarried children - a spinster librarian and a nature-loving schoolmaster - to make their lives.

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"Mia Montrose, archaeological linguist, has discovered that the Black Madonna is a code used by secret societies throughout time for the lost key to an ancient power source: the Sphere of Amenti. Kali, inter-dimensional Queen of the Anunnaki -now fully merged with the youngest Dragon Queen, Tamar Devere - has less than a year to rehabilitate her Fallen kindred who desire inter-galactic domination. Ashlee Granville-Devere, and the Dragon Queens must pool their talents to open the twelve Stations of the Signet Grid and unlock the Halls of Amenti lest the Fallen succeed in using time-travel technologies to destroy humanity. From the ancient past to the distant future, from Montsg ur to the way-stations of the universe, from the Underworld of the Kali Rift to the Otherworld of the Ranna Time Flow - the inter-time war must be won for the sake of the future."--Provided by publisher.… (more)

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