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16 December 2009

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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.

Venta,
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.)"

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

Saaaaad!

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?

Becky!
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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