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The Saturdays (Melendy Quartet) Paperback – January 22, 2008
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“Enright has a quick eye for the unexpected, the amusing and the beautiful in what might be just ordinary experiences.” ―The New York Times
“The Melendys are the quintessential storybook family...[their] ardent approach to living is eternally relevant.” ―Publishers Weekly
About the Author
Elizabeth Enright (1909-1968) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City. Her mother was a magazine illustrator, while her father was a political cartoonist. Illustration was Enright's original career choice and she studied art in Greenwich, Connecticut; Paris, France; and the Parson's School of Design in New York City. After creating her first book in 1937, she developed a taste, and quickly demonstrated a talent, for writing.
Throughout her life, she won many awards, including the 1939 John Newbery Medal for Thimble Summer and a 1958 Newbery Honor for Gone-Away Lake. Among her other beloved titles are her books about the Melendy family, starting with The Saturdays, published in 1941. Enright also wrote short stories for adults, and her work was published in The New Yorker, The Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, The Yale Review, Harper's, and The Saturday Evening Post. She taught creative writing at Barnard College. Translated into many languages throughout the world, Elizabeth Enright's stories are for both the young and the young at heart.
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Of course, in the current climate of PC-correctness, one has to acknowledge that the White, upper-middle class background of the children gave their concerns about enjoying their Saturdays an insulated ring in the midst of WWII. To be fair, Enright alludes to the diminished circumstances through her adult characters, most notably Cuffy, their housekeeper and default maternal figure in the absence of the children's deceased mother. In the very first chapter, an innocuous comment by one of the children, Randy, who observes through the water stains on their attic playroom ceiling, the shape of Adolf Hitler, a gave this glancing mention a hint of the children's awareness of harsher realities.
The children's father, Mr Melendy is cast in the mould of most idealised American fathers of yesteryear - moderately successful, preoccupied with his work, but nonetheless indulgent of his children, in an absentminded way, and a sport most times, e.g. when the older boy Rush, rescues a stray dog that wrecks some havoc in the house, and yet he allows him to keep it. The novel focuses on the resourcefulness of the children in pooling together their limited allowance (fact is they are privileged enough to have it for leisure) so that each child can spend it in a way he or she enjoys it for one Saturday, and traces the adventures each of them has, which also culminates in lessons learnt.
Read in the 21st century, this book is still a refreshingly sweet and promising start of the Melendy Quartet, the four-book series on the Melendy children.