An Awfully Big Adventure

An Awfully Big Adventure

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It is 1950 in Liverpool, and Stella, just fifteen-years-old, is hired as an assistant stage manager for a repertory theatre company's production of Peter Pan. Meredith, the director, and O'Hara, who plays Captain Hook, envision a lighthearted play unburdened by symbolism. But the innocent Stella begins to create an entirely different drama - one that neither man could have imagined. Unlike Peter Pan, Stella grows up all to quickly …

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ISBN-13: 9780754003182
Publisher: Sound Library
Publication date: 01/01/2001
Edition description: Unabridged

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An Awfully Big Adventure 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
ChrisWildman on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The curious thing abiut this book is that i found the movie more engaging than the text, as if the text were a play script almost. Did anyone else share my expereince? Trully wonderful movie.
Stallworthy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A wonderful moving story - funny, sad, beautiful.
bcquinnsmom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I've never read a book by Beryl Bainbridge that I did not absolutely love. This one is no exception. Don't let its slimness fool you...it is a very deep and complicated novel, yet told in Bainbridge's simplistic, non-overburdening prose. Set in Liverpool in 1950, the main character of the novel is Stella Bradshaw, a young, teenaged girl who lives with her Uncle Vernon and Aunt Lily in the Aber Hotel, a kind of run down place in a simple Protestant neighborhood. Stella's teachers convinced her uncle that she would not do well in school; she decides to become an actress. She gets her big "break" as a "student" (the equivalent of today's gofer) for a repertory company, and even gets a small role as Ptolemy in a production of Cleopatra. She falls hard for the producer, Meredith Potter, but doesn't know that he prefers the company of men. It is after the main actor of the company has an accident & breaks his leg during the rehearsals for the production of Peter Pan that she meets O'Hara, the actor taking the hurt player's place, that she makes a plan to make Potter jealous, thinking he has spurned her. What happens then leads to tragedy; I won't go on because I hate spoilers!Bainbridge sets the main action to occur within the context of the rep's company production of Peter Pan. How appropriate, when we are looking at a story about the complications of being a child thrust into an adult world too quickly and in many ways, a story about Stella's loss of childhood. Her writing is superb...very sparse, really not too heavy on explaining every little thing for the reader. It is another example of a book in which the reader cannot sit passively and let the author do all the work. The story is concise and taut...very well written.I recommend this book very highly. You might also wish to check out the movie...it was superb. I don't often like movies based on books because too often the writing suffers, but Bainbridge worked on the movie script and much of the integrity of the novel remains.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I personally enjoyed this book, but it was not what I thought it was going to be about. It was very dark and you really get to know the main character Stella. She has a completely messed up life, and it shows how her past affected her. I read it for a class project, and the 2 other members of my group had similar things to say about this novel.