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Little Lord Fauntleroy Paperback – July 14, 2016
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But that misses Burnett's point. She creates a world where a child of American sensibilities - raising all boats as his own tide increases - counters the old British guard which, at the time, was the lord had it all, the villagers had nothing.
My two favorite childhood books are A Little Princess and Secret Garden. And while Cedric is a little too perfect, the message and the characterization of sudden wealth leading to actual kindness is refreshing.
this is the story of little cedric errol, having recently lost his british-born father, being plucked from his american life to fufill his duty as the future earl of dorincourt. he is summoned by his crusty grandfather, the current earl of dorincourt, who is disliked far and wide for his tyrannnical behavior. cedric soon becomes little lord fauntleroy, and he and his mother ('dearest') are taken across the atlantic to england.
the story is filled with changes, difficult situations, and the redemption of those most in need of it. cedric errol is a unique little boy, and the power of his positivity is infectious.
a bonus here with the puffin classics is the addition of backstory included at the end of the book. here you can learn more about the author, the stories, the characters, and so much more. what a delightful thing to include!
i have purchased most of these puffin classics editions, and will certainly look for future additions to add to my collection.
Anyway, <cite>LLF</cite> (much like <cite>Pollyanna</cite>, which I read a while back) is one of those good people who see goodness in others and who, thereby, render others better than they might otherwise be. That's not such a bad thing, right?
LLF himself, was the son of the disinherited third son of a British Earl -- a rather wicked Earl, actually -- and an beautiful, sweet, humble, etc., American woman of modest station. Eventually, all of the Earl's three sons die and LLF is the only heir. So the Earl hunts him up in the U.S., takes him off to England to take his place in the British Peerage. The Earl, himself, is transformed by the experience of getting to know LLF.
Yeah, it's a bit of a morality play, and a bunch of sweetness and light, but really not bad at all. The author of this book also wrote <cite>The Secret Garden</cite>, which is another classic from another time.
One fun fact, LLF had an Uncle Bevis, heh, heh, heh.
To my surprise and delight, just like The Secret Garden, her drawing of the characters in the midst of their circumstances was vivid and real, and completely drew me in. With good reads such as this, I have to force myself to put the book down, so I can prolong the pleasure. From the very beginning all the way to the end, not a scene was wasted or uninteresting. Some writers spend a good deal of time explaining why their characters act the way they do, which becomes tedious.
Ms. Burnett's characters speak through their actions, and the story of the little boy who becomes a lord is simply about living spontaneously from the ideals of highest character. So much of the stories in the world today shows us humans who are tortured within by what they can't quite integrate in their lives. They don't touch the realm that this book simply opens one into, the part of humanity that is giving and loving without cause or reason. Reading this book was very refreshing. It's characters are uniquely portrayed and Ms. Burnett, in my opinion, never moralizes. Had she done so, the book would have been far less engaging.
If you want to remember your childhood feeling of delight and innocence, if you want to be filled with simple joy and delight without requiring that you be perfect, if you want to remember a part of who you are as an eternal child, I believe you will relish this book.