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Mistress Masham's Repose (Antique Collector's Club Children's Classics) Hardcover – September, 1998
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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.Read more ›
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.
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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I read this book as a child, and bought it for one of my grand daughters as a Holiday gift.Published 16 days ago by GrammyT
Read this as a child and can hardly wait to read it again. Saving it for a quiet day.Published 2 months ago by Stardustfawn
T.H. White wrote one of my favorite books ever in The Once and Future King. When I discovered that some of his other writings were back in print, like Mistress Masham's Repose, I... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Stuart Dunn
This story is a rare find and I fell in love with the small people and the world the author built, so easy to imagine the little island, doorways so tiny. Read morePublished 6 months ago by onegoodstory
This whimsical story is about a 10-year-old orphan girl, Maria, who discovers a community of lilliputians living on an island within her large English estate. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Judith Wagner
ex library good condition. Quirky and different. Not sentimental. I'm ancient and am enjoying reading it.Published 13 months ago by Angela Sturdee
Maria is a ten-year-old orphan girl, growing up in her crumbling ancestral home, under the authority of a cold guardian and a tyrannical governess. Read morePublished 15 months ago by The Reviewer Formerly Known as Kurt Johnson