The Beethoven Medal

The Beethoven Medal

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  • Hardback | 156 pages
  • 130 x 190mm | 226g
  • Oxford University Press
  • Oxford, United Kingdom
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • Ill.
  • 0192770926
  • 9780192770929

Review Text

The gusty antihero of Pennington's Last Term (1971), three years older now and a highly promising music student, is just as rebellious, rude and rashly belligerent as ever. But this is an altogether different story (probably for different readers too), about the girl who falls for Patrick when he is the rugged baker's boy delivering her mother's bread, and becomes more deeply attached as she is further exposed to his turbulence and talent. In contrast to the brawling humor of Pennington's first book, Ruth's tongue-tied passion and her quiet strength set the tone here, but the unmanageable realities of his complex world keep intruding on her romantic dreams: The couple's first kiss, in a melting moment on the dance floor, is interrupted by a policeman come to arrest Patrick for "borrowing" his employer's van for their date. Pat hits the cop (breaking his ribs) and runs, so that the second kiss, accompanied by declarations of love, occurs beside the car and under the jealously impatient eye of his music tutor, who has arranged the boy's release from prison for a concert and is waiting to drive him back. Toward the end, with Patrick out on bail between trials, they kiss again at the beach - while Ruth promises to wait for him and small boys on the pier above drop orange peel and shout "Spit on them! Spit on them!" Girls will like Ruth and approve her choice, and it's interesting to see Pat Pennington from this new perspective. (Kirkus Reviews)show more