An Education

An Education

Book - 2009
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When the journalist Lynn Barber was 16, she was picked up at a bus-stop by an attractive older man who drew up in his sports car - and her life was almost wrecked. A bright confident girl, on course to go to Oxford, she began a relationship which, incredibly, was encouraged by her conventional, suburban parents and which took her into the louche, semi-criminal world of west London just as the 1960s began. Ruin beckoned, until one day she made an important discovery. "An Education", the opening piece of this fascinating memoir, was highly praised when first published in "Granta" magazine, and is currently being filmed by the BBC with a Nick Hornby script.
Publisher: London : Penguin, 2009
ISBN: 9780141044149
Branch Call Number: 941.085092 BAR 2009
Characteristics: 182 p., [4] leaves of plates : ill. ; 20 cm

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ownedbydoxies
Sep 22, 2011

I like her dry British commentary and the fact she doesn't go rambling on and on, but simply says what she wants to say and keeps on going. The book made me laugh, which is priceless in my estimation.

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vchuynh
Sep 10, 2011

I found this book funny, witty and charming; but only kind of. I went in with high expectations and unfortunately they may have been too high. I think this book is overrated. I was really hoping for more detail and internal emotions about her rendezvous when she was 16 and 17, which is what the movie is about. There is only 1 chapter about this, and it is a brief one. I found myself losing interest many times. I feel like I needed to live in the UK to understand some of the wit in her narrative. It is an honest memoir of someone that I, frankly, do not care about—possibly because I’ve never heard of her.

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annanina
Apr 17, 2011

First, I watched a movie titled "An Education" based on this book and I really didn't care for the movie. However, the fact that it was based on a memoir interested me. I have read the book and really, really liked it. The movie is based on only a small part of the memoir. I found the book well written and incredibly honest, sometimes even brutally honest. Highly recommended.

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Sep 10, 2011

vchuynh thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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