Offshore

Offshore

Book - 1979
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Publisher: London : Collins, 1979
ISBN: 9780002216142
0002216140
Branch Call Number: FIC FIT
Characteristics: 141 p. ; 22 cm

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uncommonreader
Jan 25, 2016

A short novel about "bohemians" living on barges on Battersea Reach in London in the 1960s. The children are especially amusing and well done.

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671books
Jul 07, 2014

This is a good little read. Quick. Easy. And with some very quirky and interesting characters. Nicely done.

Full review here: http://www.671books.net/fiction/offshore/

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horth_hill
Apr 24, 2014

"Offshore" by Penelope Fitzgerald was a novel I really liked. Set amongst a - somewhat - claustrophobic cast of quaint people living on near-derelict boats on the Thames within London, the story unfolded gradually and naturally. My only complaint is to nitpick and say that the 6 year-old and 12 year-old girls behaved as if they were older. I would have put them at 11 and 14 years old. And the Austrian boy seemed more like an 18 year old than a 16 year old. The "date" scene seemed weird and odd if it really was taking place between a 12 and 16 year old. As I say, I just imagined the two to be older than what Penelope Fitzgerald said they were. Even the mother Nenna, who was 32, seemed to be given a past incompatible with her age. I doubt she was a camp counsellor at the age of 10, and yet Fitzgerald had a scene where she recalls her past before the war when she would have been 10. The story is set explicitly in 1961. I think Penelope Fitzgerald either didn't count on her fingers or mis-judged the age of her characters. But that is just nitpicking. I really enjoyed the book.

stewaroby May 24, 2013

Mannered and a bit dated but still delightful.

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weicar
Aug 15, 2012

Very nice writing about houseboat dwellers on the Thames. Good character descriptions, beautiful turns of phrase, and some drama.

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Hadley
Dec 05, 2007

Penelope Fitzgerald's books are small wonders. This story, about a group of barge dwellers in London in 1961, is told in her typically economical and subtlely witty prose. It won the Booker Prize in 1979.

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