- Taschenbuch: 448 Seiten
- Verlag: Headline Publishing Group; Auflage: New Ed (24. Oktober 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0755325508
- ISBN-13: 978-0755325504
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 13,2 x 2,9 x 19,7 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 2 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 297.562 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
The Lost Art of Keeping Secrets (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 24. Oktober 2005
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Set in the 1950s, in an England still recovering from the Second World War, THE LOST ART OF KEEPING SECRETS is the enchanting story of Penelope Wallace and her eccentric family at the start of the rock'n'roll era. Penelope longs to be grown-up and to fall in love; but various rather inconvenient things keep getting in her way. Like her mother, a stunning but petulant beauty widowed at a tragically early age, her younger brother Inigo, currently incapable of concentrating on anything that isn't Elvis Presley, a vast but crumblng ancestral home, a severe shortage of cash, and her best friend Charlotte's sardonic cousin Harry...Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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I first read this book when I was eighteen myself, and I had never related so closely to a character in my life. There is the fact that Penelope is too tall – like me – but it’s more that she feels she is on the verge of something big…but doesn’t know what it is. About to set off for college on the other side of the country, that struck home for me. Penelope tries to be interested in things that make her appear sophisticated, but in truth she wants to write stories and listen to Johnnie Ray. There is something so truthful about the seeming contradictions of her character: she is thoughtful and eager to please, she loves pop music and pretty dresses, she dreams of romance, she feels weighed down by the loyalty to her family, she is in turns saddened and frustrated by her mother’s fear of modernity.
This is a book about growing up. It is a book about figuring out who you are in relation to your parents – honoring their memories and their experiences while experiencing life in your own right. It is a book about family and friendship and love and understanding.
I read this book at least once a year, and each time I read it I notice new details that make the characters feel like parts of me, new beautifully phrased descriptions that allow me to breath in the crisp snowy morning outside Magna on New Year’s Day or taste the champagne at the Ritz or feel music inspire happiness so sharp it makes you cry.
This book makes my heart ache in the best possible way.
While looking for a job, Penelope takes an impulsive cab ride with a stranger, the lively Charlotte Ferris, and the two soon become fast friends. Penelope follows Charlotte to society parties and even pretends to be her cousin's fiance to make a girl jealous. Penelope and Charlotte share a love of American rock-n-roll which is just starting to emerge, and fashion and fun.
This is a delightful, charming read, full of quirky characters. The story is about friendship, coming of age, a changing world, and a dash of romance. I did not want this book to end nor did I want to leave 1950's London. This is much more than a chick-lit novel and I strongly recommend this well-written, captivating book.
I rather enjoyed feeling like I was an extra character, going out to dinner parties, basking in the magnificence of a the old relic that Milton Magna was, and falling in love with the dashing Rocky.
My only complaint is that some things were just repeated far too much, I believe that Johnnie Ray and Elvis had more name mentions than even Penelope, but it wasn't bad enough that I didn't finish and enjoy the book. Sequel, anyone?
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