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."
New. 2001. Paperback. *A classic novel of English adolescence Num Pages: 208 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 198 x 127 x 14. Weight in Grams: 152......We ship daily from our Bookshop.
New. Marigold Green calls herself 'hideous, quaint and barmy'. Other people calle her Bilgewater, a corruption of Bill's daughter. Growing up in a boys' school where her father is housemaster, she is convinced of her own plainness and peculiarity. Groomed by the wise and loving Paula, upstaged by bad,
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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