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16 December 2009


I often wonder if older/classic books hold up with today's young readers. Your description of the book, CR, reads like a contemporary book, but is the style old-fashioned? I haven't read this one, so I'll check it out.

I thought this book was going to be just the kind of thing I like. But i ended up not going past page 50.

Well, I think it's a classic because it holds up surprisingly well. I would guess if kids are still liking 101 Dalmatians (do they? Today's kids and teenagers are like a foreign species to me; I have NO IDEA what they like) they'd probably like this. The language is pretty classic. But I would guess it's probably just as, if not more, popular with older Anglophiles like myself. Here's a sample: "It is comforting to look away from the windows and towards the kitchen fire, near which my sister Rose is ironing--though she obviously can't see properly, and it will be a pity if she scorches her only nightgown. (I have two, but one is minus its behind.)"

Yeah, me too. It was all right, but it was no Helene Hanff.


I read this earlier this year and loved it, though the ending really got under my skin. I almost want to tell you to check with me before you read something, because if I loved it you probably won't! :-)

I'm glad to hear you were so eh about this book because I had the same reaction: It's okay, but what is all the fuss about?

Oh Jessica,
That's part of the fun of reading, discovering what surprises you and what you dislike, etc. I liken it to the fun of relationships: my favorite people are the ones who can still surprise me. Ditto with reading and books. I would have guessed I would have LOVED this one, so it was actually kind of a charge to discover that I didn't.

No worries. I still kind of enjoyed it. Why did the ending get under your skin? Too unresolved?

Hey, you too! I do owe it this, though: it made me remember how much I loved 101 Dalmatians. I can't wait to re-read that!

Sorry this book did not WOW you. I have not read it yet, but have read some favorable reviews??

Well, Diane, I just may not have read it at the right time. I'd still definitely read it; I did enjoy it and while I was reading it I didn't really want to stop reading it.

Evidently I've just been spoiled by other books that did WOW me so that my expectations were just too high. Still, I give it a thumbs up.

I am with Jessica. I read I Captured the Castle a couple of years ago and really liked it. I think I would have liked it even more had I read it as a teenager.

The ending got under my skin because I was really pulling for a traditional Happy Ending. I still keep wondering What If? It's sort of like The Elegance of the Hedgehog... just a not-Hollywood kind of ending.

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