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Mistress Masham's Repose (Antique Collector's Club Children's Classics) Hardcover – September, 1998

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"My favourite children's book ever" -- Anne Fine Daily Mail "Touching, very funny and utterly believable. It is full of amazing characters" -- Jill Murphy Daily Telegraph "Has always been a favourite of mine... This book is one for the hall of fame" -- Sir Terry Pratchett "Wonderful" Independent "Endlessly charming" -- Victoria Lane Daily Telegraph --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

About the Author

Terence Hanbury White (1906-1964) is best known for his famous retelling of the ARthurian legends in The Once and Future King. He was educated at Cheltenham College and Cambridge. He later became a teacher and was appointed Head of Stowe school. The school grounds were to inspire the setting for Mistress Masham's Repose which he wrote in 1947.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 9 and up
  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Antique Collectors' Club (September 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1851497005
  • ISBN-13: 978-1851497003
  • Product Dimensions: 9.7 x 7.7 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,909,683 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By A Customer on January 30, 1999
Format: Hardcover
Orphaned Maria lives alone in Malplaquet, the vast and ruined eighteenth-century country house which is her sole inheritance from her parents. Her guardians, the odious vicar Mr. Hater and the oppressive governess Miss Brown, strive unceasingly to keep Maria firmly in her place and under control. But Maria has too much spirit and wit to be kept down, and though she has no friends her own age, she does have allies of a sort: Cook, who keeps a bicycle handy for getting around the vast corridors of Malplaquet, and the eccentric and distracted Professor, who lives nearby in a cottage crammed with books. Though they're adults, Cook and the Professor are powerless too against the organized, bland-faced evil of Mr. Hater and Miss Brown, and Maria is on her own when she battles them. And she does battle: at first guerrilla warfare, and later out-and-out pitched engagements, in some of the funniest scenes ever committed to paper.
Initially Maria's revolts are small. She sneaks out while Miss Brown suffers from headache and visits one of her hideaways: a pond, which has an island holding an abandoned summer-house in the center, once a focal point of the glorious gardens but now like the rest overgrown and wild. Maria lands on her island and finds that it's not, however, unoccupied: tiny people live there as well. The island is hers; the summerhouse is hers; and Maria considers that the people are hers as well.
The practical and impractical things Maria does with, and for, her little people and what they do with, and for, Maria is the heart of the book. Subtly, this is a story about power---the vicar's and governess's over Maria, Maria's over the little people---and revolt.
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I first read this book when I was ten. I'd found and ancient copy, hardbound in an ugly yellow. I don't even know where it came from but I loved it! I would pick it up every couple of years and get reabsorbed as always. It is a funny story full of great characters with the Vicar and Miss Brown as the perfect villains. This is a great story for any age. I highly recommend it. I've since replaced that old yellow book with a fresh new copy. Buy this book. I guarantee you will love it.
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What can I say that has not already been said? Even more, what can I say that will adequately convey my love for this book? Common sense dictates that not all books ever written can be perpetually in print and easily available, but I have never understood how this book has been allowed its spotty history. It is truly a book for everyone of all ages, and in my estimation should be considered White's best, even outstripping his famous "The Once and Future King," which for all its beauty is a seriously flawed work. "Mistress Masham's Repose" is didactic, too, but its teaching is not painful, and performs the miraculous feat of sending the reader, whether child or adult, on an eager search for more information. And yet, the work is not slow or tiresome, and White never talks down to anyone, even when his comedy verges on that of the music hall. Books like this should never disappear, and once you fall under its spell you will read it again and again.
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I don't know how I missed this masterpiece during my childhood! I know I would have hungrily devoured the story of 10 year old Maria who discovered the descendants of the Lilliputians that Gulliver/Swift wrote about in GULLIVER'S TRAVELS.

T.H. White imagines the tiny world so perfectly! Also well-done are the other characters: The doddering yet ultimately wise and resourceful Professor; the bilious Vicar; Miss Brown, Maria's objectionable governess; and Maria herself, who does not appear on the first page of the novel as a child already wise beyond her years, but rather, a real child, that struggles with her feelings about wanting to play with the Lilliputians like toys, which is a perfectly normal response.

There is a great deal of humor in the book, and also a great many literary asides, which make it fun for the adult reader.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
I got this for my niece, a 10-year-old re-reader of the Potter books. I had read it in my early teen years, and followed up with the King Author books. The political undercurrents were invisible to me then, and don't add much now.
She said she liked it. I'll probably get her the Sword in the Stone for Christmas.
It has a happy ending. I had a crush on the protagonist as illustrated by Eichenberg. At 52 it is difficult to be sure of one's competence in reviewing a book for young people, but the memory of it persisted so long that I missed it, long since lost, and paid an exorbitant price for a used copy for my daughter a few years ago. She liked it too.
Odious though comparisons may be, I find more magic in the characters populating Mistress Masham's Repose than I do those in the Potter books. I think, too, that there is something to be said for the progressive maturity of the subsequent White books. Years from now my daughter and niece (and I) will still be enjoying T.H. White.
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