Crossing the Lines: A Novel

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Arcade Publishing, 2005 - 490 стор.
As in the earlier novels, Crossing the Lines is set in the small northern English town of Wigton, which is for Melvyn Bragg what Yoknapatawpha was to William Faulkner: a specific place from which to spin universal truths. Joe, of humble origins, aspires to greatness, though he knows the price of success can be high. His sexual stirring first fixes on Lizzie, a daredevil sexpot who, he knows, is also too old for him. Later, he falls in love with Rachel Wardlow, a beautiful young farmer's daughter, but they must keep their love a secret for fear of her father's anger. Increasingly intoxicated with each other, they awkwardly navigate the adolescent rites of passage. When the fabric of her life threatens to unravel, Rachel must choose between her love for Joe and her own independence. Joe, a diligent student, is crossing the lines between a working class, small town life and the dizzying possibilities of the world outside. Joe's parents, meanwhile, are entering middle age as Joe finds himself torn between the comforts of home and the lure of a brighter future.
 

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A very good account of a young man finding his feet. There is a good overall story of family life in the 50s. Close relationships, possible taboos and the zest for life of the young people. There is ... Читати огляд повністю

Crossing the Lines: A Novel

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The final volume in Bragg's acclaimed trilogy about post-World War II England (after Soldier's Return and Son of War ) picks up in the mid-1950s as young Joe Richardson becomes the first in the ... Читати огляд повністю

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Melvyn Bragg is a British writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award, Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The Soldier's Return, winner of the WHSmith Literary Award, A Son of War and Crossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, and most recently Grace and Mary. He has also written several works of non-fiction, the latest being The Book of Books about the King James Bible. In 2015, his book The Adventure of English became a New York Times bestseller. He lives in London and Cumbria.

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