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Gone-Away Lake (Gone-Away Lake Books (Paperback)) Paperback – March 6, 2000
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Jane P. Fenn, Corning-Painted Post West High School, NY
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Audio Cassette edition.
"A beautifully written, wonderfully imaginative story."—Publishers Weekly
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So it's not a horror or a thriller, SO?!?!?! So it's not violent or action packed, WHO CARES?!?!?! It's sweet and fun and I read it for hours! It is one of the few books I could read again!
'Gone Away Lake,' a light children's novel, is an excellent showcase for mid-century American manners and mores, the same manners which cynics today like to denigrate or deny ever existed outside of wishful thinking.
The story of two cousins who befriend an isolated pair of elderly siblings living happily at a now abandoned but once magnificent lake resort, 'Gone Away Lake' also demonstrates how those children and teenagers of the era lucky enough to escape the spell-binding pull of television entertained themselves.
Nature was generally closer and more available to the average child then than it is today, and the novel is composed around the myriad ways in which Portia and her freckled, insect-collecting cousin Julian embrace the majesty and mystery of nature.
Luckily, their new friends, Mrs. Minnehaha Cheever and Mr. Pindar Payton, are nature's Edward Carpenter-like custodians: each is a planter, a gardener, and a conservationist, and Mrs. Cheever is an avid canner and pickler.
Mutually delighted in one another's company, the two generations meet, mingle, and become beloved friends and companions over the course of a magically described summer.
'Gone Away Lake' also touches on aging, memory, personal history, and the importance of mentoring, as Mrs. Cheever and Mr. Payton delight the cousins with subtly ethical reminiscences and tall tales about the lake's glory days when they were children themselves.Read more ›
A terrific story -- the main characters are a boy and girl who are good friends, interesting people, and respectful of each other's strengths and weaknesses.
It was one of my husband's favorite books and it has become one of mine after we read it aloud to our daughter. The sequel is just as good (Return to Gone-Away). If you enjoyed Enright's books about the Melendy children ("The Saturdays" "Four-Story Mistake", etc.) you'll love these.
The plot? Not much, really. Just a few noble thoughts. Value the past and learn its lessons. Coexist with nature and reap its rewards. Treasure your elders, and find out about the fascinating experiences they have had.
Probably not as exciting as novels heavy on conventional "plot" formulas, but skillful and eloquent writing, and enriching reading for those who are prepared to enjoy it's subtleties.
Highly recommended--but not for the cynical.
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I'm a big fan of Enright and this one is no exception! This book is a great family read - enchanting, inspiring and simply fun. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Homestead Lady
This is a classic! I bought it for my granddaughter's birthday but thought I would read it before giving it to her and am so glad I did. It is amazing! So well written! Read morePublished 6 months ago by grammawamma
This book captured my imagination as a child. I never tire of it.Published 10 months ago by DebbieintheDraft
Gone-Away Lake is an excellent story for any age, but might be most particularly enjoyed by anyone who grew up in New York State in the 1950s. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Kate Shaw
A childhood favorite - full of the fantasy of children experiencing a summer in a place where time has stopped.Published 12 months ago by Jeanie Robinson-Pownall
I appreciate the opinions of others and I'm glad that so many reviewers enjoyed this book but I'm afraid that I cannot join them. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Beach Reader
Hello, my name is Joseph and I am a 14 years old. In this story the main characters are a girl who's name is Portia, and her brother who's name is Foster, and their cousin, Julian. Read morePublished 13 months ago by High Mileage Honda