Originally published in 1977, Jane Gardam's "Bilgewater" is an affectionate and complex rendering-in-miniature of the discomforts of growing up and first love seen through the eyes of inimitable Marigold Green, an awkward, eccentric, highly intelligent girl. "The Evening Standard" described "Bilgewater" as "one of the funniest, most entertaining, ...
Originally published in 1977, Jane Gardam's "Bilgewater" is an affectionate and complex rendering-in-miniature of the discomforts of growing up and first love seen through the eyes of inimitable Marigold Green, an awkward, eccentric, highly intelligent girl. "The Evening Standard" described "Bilgewater" as "one of the funniest, most entertaining, most unusual stories about young love." Motherless and 16, Marigold is the headmaster's daughter at a private backwater all-boys school. To make matters worse, Marigold pines for head boy Jack Rose, reckons with the beautiful and domineering Grace, and yanks herself headlong out of her interior world and into the seething cauldron of adolescence. With everything happening all at once, Marigold faces the greatest of teenage crucibles. A smart and painterly romp in the rich tradition of "The Hollow Land" and "A Long Way From Verona," Gardam's elegant, evocative prose, possessed of sharp irony and easy surrealism makes "Bilgewater" a book for readers of all ages."
Very good in very good dust jacket. Ex-Library with usual stamps, marks etc. An EX LIBRARY copy in VERY GOOD condition. May have some library identification marks/stamps. This book is in VERY GOOD overall condition, with only minor signs of previous ownership.
Good. Ex-library-reserve stock / library plate stuck onto front pastedown endpaper and pouch plate for loans on front free endpaper. small library stamp at base of title page Brodarted dustwrapper Otherwise nice clean bright tight book in untorn dustwrapper which is NOT price-clipped. Very good.
Written when mobiles were things we suspended from ceilings, 'Bilgewater' is still vibrant, moving, funny. As long as there are hearts to be broken or set pounding by a whisper and a touch, this book will be relevant. The protagonist, a bright but awkward girl at the edge of adulthood, is excruciatingly real and sympathetic. She captures that terrible period of believing there is only one point-of-view in any situation - one's own - and all the mistakes and missed opportunities that follow. All this written with delicious freshness and humour.
A wonderful book!
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