Saturday, August 25, 2018

A Village Education

The Bookshop by Penelope Fitzgerald 



It is 1959, and Florence Green is in Hardborough, a small seaside town in England’s East Anglia region, that doesn’t have its own book shop. This is something that Florence wants to fix. The only problem is, there seems to be some opposition to where she’s chosen to open it, the Old House. Although the building has stood empty for quite some time, there are people in town who have other ideas for that property. 

A couple of weeks ago, I went to see the movie adaptation of this novella, which I found totally charming. Since the generalization is that the book is better than the film, I decided to hunt down a copy of this book and find out for myself if this one obeyed that rule, is one of the few exceptions, or something in between. I have to warn my readers that because of the close proximity between seeing the movie and reading the book, this may end up being a review of both, with some compare and contrast slipped in, for better or worse.

 




“The Bookshop” by Penelope Fitzgerald (originally published in 1978) is available from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo Books, Kobo audio books, eBooks.com, iTunes (iBook or audiobook), The Book Depository (free worldwide delivery), new or used from Alibris or Better World Books (free worldwide delivery; promoting literacy and libraries) as well as from an IndieBound store near you. The film adaptation of this book starring Emily Mortimer, Bill Nighy and Patricia Clarksonwas released in the UK on June 29, 2018 and in the US on August 24, 2018.

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