- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers; Film tie-in edition edition (18 May 2018)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0008263027
- ISBN-13: 978-0008263027
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 118 g
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 62,338 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In the end the local lady uses a sledgehammer to crack a nut. The venture would probably fail without any help.
I'm glad they will make this a movie as they might bring out the themes that Penelope allows to wither in this fairly short tale.
She makes some good sketches of village life in a bleak part of the English coast. Oh that it was longer to enjoy these.
The old house is apparently haunted by a poltergeist rapper. What this adds to the story is debatable. The young 11 year old girl who comes to help is a parable for the whole story. Although bright she does not succeed while in the town but starts to blossom after being given a chance but only after leaving. Florence is not given this opportunity and just disappears into nothing with nothing.
A sketch that could be turned into a great story but wasn't. But worth reading
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