Sunday, June 23, 2013

Book: Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

This is another book I'd never heard of until coming across it recently in blogland. (Thanks Liene!) My curiosity was piqued while I waited for it to arrive via interlibrary loan.

What an enjoyable book! It was written in 1912 but in a "cheeky" style that seems very modern. There are only two "chapters" in the book: the introductory chapter that tells briefly about Jerusha's being an orphan and how a benefactor (orphanage trustee) has offered to send her through college; and then follows simply letter after letter written by Jerusha (who has renamed herself Judy) to her benefactor, who has insisted on remaining anonymous. She calls him "Daddy-Long-Legs" because she saw his tall/elongated shadow just before he left the orphanage on the day of a trustees meeting.

I loved this book! Humorous and fun while divulging details of the occasional meal (why do I like to read what people eat so much?!), clothes, social life, college courses, farm life, and more. And then to suspect and discover that it's also a light romance.

Here are a few quotes from Jerusha's letters that resonated with my life:

"I never read Mother Goose or David Copperfield or Ivanhoe or Cinderella or Bluebeard or Robinson Crusoe or Jane Eyre or Alice in Wonderland or a word of Rudyard Kipling. I didn't know that Henry the Eighth was married more than once or that Shelley was a poet. ...Now, I know all of these things and a lot of others besides, but you can see how much I need to catch up. And oh, but it's fun! I look forward all day to evening ... and read and read and read. One book isn't enough. I have four going at once. Just now, they're Tennyson's poems and Vanity Fair and Kipling's Plain Tales and-- don't laugh-- Little Women. I find that I am the only girl in college who wasn't brought up on Little Women ... the next time somebody mentions pickled limes, I'll know what she is talking about!"

(To see why I identified with the above, you can go here.)

"I'd love pretty hats and things, but I mustn't mortgage the future to pay for them."

(So wise!)

"It looks as though there was (sic) going to be an awful split in the church. We don't care for innovations in religion in this neighborhood."

(Some things never change.)

There are several more, but I don't want to ruin it for you if you haven't read it yet (and want to). Have you read this book, and if so, did you like it?

The photos are of a bouquet of mostly roses given to me by a friend. She said they were David Austin, and they smelled divine! I made potpourri from them.

I'm going to settle in and watch Princess with Gail Vaz-Oxlade on CNBC. I also enjoy her Til Debt Do Us Part on Saturday nights. She is a financial adviser that gives spendthrifts a reality check. But here is something to ponder from the Kitty Calendar (previously referred to in other posts): Everyone has a load to carry. Some let it weigh them down, while others use it to build more muscles.

Hope you are enjoying a lovely summer and keeping cool! Blessings!