Fiction Penelope Fitzgerald The Bookshop

ISBN 13: 9780006543541

The Bookshop

3.4 avg rating
( 4,942 ratings by Goodreads )
 
9780006543541: The Bookshop

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result, she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important, but natural and even supernatural forces too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice.

"synopsis" may belong to another edition of this title.

Review:

Since 1977, Penelope Fitzgerald has been quietly coming out with small, perfect devastations of human hope and inhuman (i.e., all-too-human) behavior. And now we have the opportunity to read "The Bookshop," her tragicomedy of provincial manners first published in 1978 in the U.K., but never available in the U.S. The Bookshop unfolds in a tiny Sussex seaside town, which by 1959 is virtually cut off from the outside English world. Postwar peace and plenty having passed it by, Hardborough is defined chiefly by what it doesn't have. It does have, however, plenty of observant inhabitants, most of whom are keen to see Florence Green's new bookshop fail. But rising damp will not stop Florence, nor will the resident, malevolent poltergeist (or "rapper," in the local patois). Nor will she be thwarted by Violet Gamart, who has designs on Florence's building for her own arts series and will go to any lengths to get it. One of Florence's few allies (who is, unfortunately, a hermit) warns her: "She wants an Arts Centre. How can the arts have a centre? But she thinks they have, and she wishes to dislodge you."

Once the Old House Bookshop is up and running, Florence is subjected to the hilarious perils of running a subscription library, training a 10-year-old assistant, and obtaining the right merchandise for her customers. Men favor works "by former SAS men, who had been parachuted into Europe and greatly influenced the course of the war; they also placed orders for books by Allied commanders who poured scorn on the SAS men, and questioned their credentials." Women fight over a biography of Queen Mary. "This was in spite of the fact that most of them seemed to possess inner knowledge of the court--more, indeed, than the biographer." But it is only when the slippery Milo North suggests Florence sell the Olympia Press edition of "Lolita" that Florence comes under legal and political fire.

Fitzgerald's heroine divides people into "exterminators and exterminatees," a vision she clearly shares with her creator--but the author balances disillusion with grace, wit, and weirdness, favoring the open ending over the moral absolute. Penelope Fitzgerald's internecine if gentle world view even extends to literature--books are living, jostling things. Florence finds that paperbacks, crowding "the shelves in well-disciplined ranks," vie with Everyman editions, which "in their shabby dignity, seemed to confront them with a look of reproach." One senses that classic hardcovers would welcome The Bookshop, despite its status as a paperback original. --Kerry Fried

Book Description:

Mariner paperback, 1997, previous ISBN 978-0-395-86946-8

"About this title" may belong to another edition of this title.

Top Search Results from the AbeBooks Marketplace

1.

Penelope Fitzgerald
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2016)
ISBN 10: 0006543545 ISBN 13: 9780006543541
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize.In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop.Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result, she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important, but natural and even supernatural forces too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780006543541

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.97
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

2.

Penelope Fitzgerald
Published by HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom (2016)
ISBN 10: 0006543545 ISBN 13: 9780006543541
New Paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
The Book Depository US
(London, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers, United Kingdom, 2016. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result, she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important, but natural and even supernatural forces too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice. Bookseller Inventory # AA89780006543541

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.01
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

3.

Penelope Fitzgerald
ISBN 10: 0006543545 ISBN 13: 9780006543541
New Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
BWB
(Valley Stream, NY, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Depending on your location, this item may ship from the US or UK. Bookseller Inventory # 97800065435410000000

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
7.03
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

4.

Penelope Fitzgerald
Published by Fourth Estate 2014-01-30 (2014)
ISBN 10: 0006543545 ISBN 13: 9780006543541
New Paperback Quantity Available: 5
Seller
Chiron Media
(Wallingford, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Fourth Estate 2014-01-30, 2014. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # NU-BER-00000698

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
6.10
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 2.99
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

5.

Penelope Fitzgerald
Published by Flamingo (2002)
ISBN 10: 0006543545 ISBN 13: 9780006543541
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
The Monster Bookshop
(Fleckney, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Flamingo, 2002. Paperback. Book Condition: New. BRAND NEW ** SUPER FAST SHIPPING FROM UK WAREHOUSE ** 30 DAY MONEY BACK GUARANTEE. Bookseller Inventory # mon0000180567

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.34
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 0.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

6.

Fitzgerald, Penelope
Published by Flamingo
ISBN 10: 0006543545 ISBN 13: 9780006543541
New Softcover Quantity Available: 14
Seller
Kennys Bookstore
(Olney, MD, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Flamingo. Book Condition: New. 1998. (Reissue). Paperback. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Num Pages: 176 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 211 x 129 x 12. Weight in Grams: 132. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Bookseller Inventory # V9780006543541

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

7.

Penelope Fitzgerald
ISBN 10: 0006543545 ISBN 13: 9780006543541
New Quantity Available: 3
Seller
Speedy Hen LLC
(Sunrise, FL, U.S.A.)
Rating
[?]

Book Description Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # ST0006543545. Bookseller Inventory # ST0006543545

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.05
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
Within U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

8.

Fitzgerald, Penelope
Published by Flamingo (1998)
ISBN 10: 0006543545 ISBN 13: 9780006543541
New Softcover Quantity Available: 14
Rating
[?]

Book Description Flamingo, 1998. Book Condition: New. 1998. (Reissue). Paperback. Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Num Pages: 176 pages. BIC Classification: FA. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 211 x 129 x 12. Weight in Grams: 132. . . . . . . Bookseller Inventory # V9780006543541

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
11.23
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: FREE
From Ireland to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

9.

Penelope Fitzgerald, David Nicholls
Published by HarperCollins Publishers
ISBN 10: 0006543545 ISBN 13: 9780006543541
New Paperback Quantity Available: > 20
Seller
THE SAINT BOOKSTORE
(Southport, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers. Paperback. Book Condition: new. BRAND NEW, The Bookshop, Penelope Fitzgerald, David Nicholls, Shortlisted for the Booker Prize. In a small East Anglian town, Florence Green decides, against polite but ruthless local opposition, to open a bookshop. Hardborough becomes a battleground. Florence has tried to change the way things have always been done, and as a result, she has to take on not only the people who have made themselves important, but natural and even supernatural forces too. Her fate will strike a chord with anyone who knows that life has treated them with less than justice. Bookseller Inventory # B9780006543541

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
4.33
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 6.95
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

10.

Penelope Fitzgerald (author), David Nicholls (introduction)
Published by HarperCollins Publishers 2014-01-30, London (2014)
ISBN 10: 0006543545 ISBN 13: 9780006543541
New paperback Quantity Available: 10
Seller
Blackwell's
(Oxford, OX, United Kingdom)
Rating
[?]

Book Description HarperCollins Publishers 2014-01-30, London, 2014. paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # 9780006543541

More Information About This Seller | Ask Bookseller a Question

Buy New
8.47
Convert Currency

Add to Basket

Shipping: 3
From United Kingdom to U.S.A.
Destination, Rates & Speeds

There are more copies of this book

View all search results for this book