“Amazing....very detailed account of a young boy who acts as a "go-between," the messenger for two adults. It is a coming-of-age story that was definitely influential to other writers, most notably, on Ian McEwan and his great novel, _Atonement_.”Jason wrote this review Thursday, August 6, 2009. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is an engrossing story of growing-up. A story of a summer, a type I would think Banville would write. A summer that seems tiring, lonely and still intensely exciting. An old man recalls a childhood summer which had been blocked from his memory after some dark incidents. Incidents in which he was drawn in a secret, passionate affair as a messenger. It was a role that made him both excited and guilty.
It is a story of memory. It is easy to see that the feelings Hartley expresses are not those of a child, but a reflection of a child's memory through a guilty grown-up's worldview. It is interesting that though Leo keeps a diary, none of these incidents are mentioned there. Or if they are, they are not quoted.
It is a very good piece of writing, even if it sometimes goes above board in describing some evenings or days. At all other times, the creation of that memory is inviting.”
“I wasn't particularly looking forward to reading The Go-Between and did so more out of curiosity to find out how closely it related to its successor (in some degrees), Ian McEwan's Atonement. I was thus surprised to find myself sailing through what feels like very slow, studied prose. A tragic story, marred with impending doom from the off without any smart postmodern prolepsis. Gut-wrenchingly beautiful.”xfmjunky wrote this review Wednesday, September 24, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Like a cross between Lady Chatterley's Lover and Brideshead Revisited, only much milder - and not quite as good. On the whole an enjoyable, though perhaps forgetable, read”KKhalifeh wrote this review Wednesday, June 4, 2008. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No