The Bookshop

by Penelope Fitzgerald | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 0395869463 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingeponine38wing of Winchester, Massachusetts USA on 3/11/2019
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Journal Entry 1 by wingeponine38wing from Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Monday, March 11, 2019
Read another copy of this a few years ago; here are my impressions as noted at the time.

It's hard to say what I thought of this slim book. It took quite a few pages to catch my interest; I enjoyed the middle; the end kind of left me without much feeling one way or the other. I guess my predominant feeling is sadness that people can be so mean to each other.

I did enjoy two of the characters, one a person (Christine, the young girl who helps out in the bookstore) and the other a poltergeist, known as a "rapper" in local parlance.

It's a quick read of only 123 pages with some insight into human nature, but the main complaint is that the protagonist doesn't stand up for herself as she should!
In 1959 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.

Journal Entry 2 by wingeponine38wing at Winchester, Massachusetts USA on Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Released 1 mo ago (3/13/2019 UTC) at Winchester, Massachusetts USA


Traveling to fulfill a wish. Hope you like it!

Journal Entry 3 by wingWilenawing at Entraigues, Auvergne France on Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Thanks a lot, I haven't read from this author yet but I wish to discover it.

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