A man in his 60s looks back on his boyhood for the first time in 50 years, recalling events that took place on a summer visit to a Norfolk country house at the turn of the century.
L. P. Hartley
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L. P. Hartley's powerful novel opens with Leo, a man in his sixties, looking back to his childhood and his first glimpse of the passion and intrigue behind the enigmatic mask of adulthood. In the summer of 1900, as a young boy, the narrator is staying at a friend's house in Norfolk, a time which is to change his life irrevocably. Befriended by a farmer, Leo inadvertently begins to act as a messenger between him and the beautiful Marian up at the house. Proud of the trust placed in him by two people he adores, Leo is drawn in deeper and deeper. A pawn in their dangerous game of deceit and desire, his involvement leads to a premature, devastating awakening.