?

Log in

No account? Create an account

Previous Entry | Next Entry

I had never read this children's classic (nor have I read Burnett's other well-known works, Little Lord Fauntleroy and A Little Princess), but like a lot of people who watched mid-70s kids shows on the BBC I have tremendously fond memories of the 1975 TV version, in which Mr Craven was played by John Woodnutt, aka the Draconian emperor / Broton the Zygon leader, and the three main child characters were played by actors who have since disappeared (though one of them is active in local drama in New Mexico).

I do remember starting to read it as a child, and being deterred by the grim first couple of chapters, where Mary's parents die and she is sent to her uncle's isolated Yorkshire home where she is insufferably unpleasant. I wish I had kept going. It is a lovely story of psychological and physical healing through close encounters with the regenerative forces of the natural world and also, y'know, just being nice to people.

The wind must have been worse than I realised today, because I found I had something in my eye a couple of times as I read the last chapters. Perhaps the plotline of a disabled child whose condition markedly improves resonates more with me these days than it would have thirty-four years ago.

Comments

( 4 comments — Leave a comment )
altariel
Dec. 2nd, 2009 05:29 pm (UTC)
It's a gorgeous book. A Little Princess is my favourite of hers and I'll look forward to reading what you think of that should you read it.
bopeepsheep
Dec. 2nd, 2009 05:59 pm (UTC)
Ditto this.
sammywol
Dec. 3rd, 2009 10:41 am (UTC)
Are you going to fjm's conference?
minny
Dec. 3rd, 2009 09:48 pm (UTC)
That was one of my favourite authors when I was younger, I especially loved A Little Princess :)
( 4 comments — Leave a comment )

Latest Month

November 2022
S M T W T F S
  12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
27282930   

Tags

Comments

  • nwhyte
    29 Oct 2022, 16:28
    Now I know that "psephologist" is a word.
  • nwhyte
    9 Sep 2022, 11:19
    That would make things less awkward.
  • nwhyte
    9 Sep 2022, 05:02
    Long after!
  • nwhyte
    8 Sep 2022, 17:37
    Were your 5X great-grandparents related at the time, or did their descendants get together after the duel?
  • nwhyte
    22 Aug 2022, 11:53
    I wonder why they attacked the guards instead of just claiming they were making a TikTok video or something. Having weapons on their person just makes it obvious they were spying.
Powered by LiveJournal.com
Designed by yoksel