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The Brickfield

L. P. Hartley

7 Reviews

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Fiction, Classic fiction (pre c 1945)

A masterly evocation of childhood and its influences on the adult mind, from the author of The Go-Between.

A lonely boy living on his uncle's farm in the Lincolnshire Fens, Richard Mardick's solitary existence is interrupted by a chance meeting, and idyllic love affair, with Lucy. A disused brickfield is the scene of their clandestine meetings, and it is there that Richard finds her drowned in a muddy pool.

Forced by circumstances to look back on these days, Richard finds himself recounting this episode to his secretary. Its shattering significance throughout the rest of his life is put into remarkable perspective by the unusual framework with which Hartley has enclosed his story.

Weaving skilfully through past events while staying awake to the present, The Brickfield is a masterly evocation of childhood and its influences on the adult mind.

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Praise for The Brickfield

  • A masterpiece is a work that has an overtone of permanence. Mr. Hartley's The Go-Between had it, and now it appears again in The Brickfield - Richard Church, Bookman

  • This fine novelist still has the courage as well as the skill to excavate in those layers of consciousness from which many newer writers turn hopelessly away - Norman Shrapnel, Guardian

  • The quality of this excellent novel consists partly in the skilful evocation of bygone sights, sounds, smells and attitudes of mind, partly in the brilliant characterization, but above all in the delicate, tender treatment of this youthful love-story - Robert Baldick, Daily Telegraph

  • The economy of the book is a wonder, and the power to conjure past time while staying awake to the present as remarkable as one would expect - Anthony Burgess, Spectator

  • A masterpiece is a work that has an overtone of permanence. Mr. Hartley's The Go-Between had it, and now it appears again in The Brickfield - Richard Church, Bookman

  • This fine novelist still has the courage as well as the skill to excavate in those layers of consciousness from which many newer writers turn hopelessly away - Norman Shrapnel, Guardian

  • The quality of this excellent novel consists partly in the skilful evocation of bygone sights, sounds, smells and attitudes of mind, partly in the brilliant characterization, but above all in the delicate, tender treatment

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