Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster

Reading is a pleasure, ain’t it! And it is more interesting when you discover a book out of the blue and it turns out to be a masterpiece!

One of the many reasons why I LOVE the blogging world, is because ” you find books everyday, out of the blue”.

So there I was hopping around my Google Reader from blog to blog, reading what had been going on in each of my friends reading lives, when I chanced upon a review of a book named Daddy-Long-Legs (and Dear Enemy) by Jean Webster on Nymeth’s Blog! Now, what was that?! I went back again to make sure I had read the title right! Yes, I did! And then read the review too.. and if you guys read Nymeth’s blog, you know how she can make you LONG to read a book she has loved πŸ™‚ and that’s exactly what I FELT!

So off I went in search of this little epistolary novel first published in 1912! 1912? It has to be available online, I thought… and Good God, there it was… you got to LOVE Project Gutenberg [http://www.gutenberg.org/files/157/157.txt]!

This is an epistolary novel about a girl from an orphanage who is given the opportunity to attend college by a benevolent trustee of the orphanage whose only demand is a letter outlining her progress in college.
So this is what I have been busy reading every free minute I had in front of my computer and I tell you it is a DELIGHTFUL read. I have had that smile on my face since I started reading this one! I love it totally!!

So in tab, of the happy-go-lucky book hunting that I have been doing, I think this has to be one of the best classics I have read so far. It is just AWESOME! It is a small book… full of life and inspiration and I LOVE this author. I mean, what imagination!!

OK, I am not going to BORE you guys anymore, you ought to go read it and spread the word, I am sure you will LOVE Judy, her imagination and her happy-go-lucky attitude. Oh! you have so much to learn from this 17-18 yr old!

Anybody can rise to a
crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty
hazards of the day with a laugh–I really think that requires SPIRIT.

So true, don’t you think?!

Jamais je ne t’oublierai, Judy! [ I will never forget, Judy!]
I need to find this sequel now – Dear Enemy

CymLowell

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  1. I've always loved your enthusiam Veens. And yes, I love Project Gutenberg too. I've read several books there, the price is just right for my pocket so to speak. So glad you enjoyed this. I'll take a look at Nymeth's review but I suspect it's written for young ones and I don't read YA literature. Hope you find Dear Enemy.

  2. I'm so glad to hear you loved it too πŸ˜€ It makes me happy that more people are discovering this book. It was through two other bloggers recommendation that I found it too, so yay for bloggers! πŸ˜€

  3. I remember reading this when I was young but can't really remember much about it other than I liked it. I should get it from the library and see what I liked so much about it.

  4. I love, love, love discovering books from fellow bookbloggers! πŸ˜€ I'm glad you enjoyed this, Veens! Of course I'll add this book onto my wishlist! πŸ˜›

  5. Anybody can rise to acrisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the pettyhazards of the day with a laugh–I really think that requires SPIRIT…wow..u have unveiled the truth..really liked it

  6. +JMJ+This is also one of my favourites. I wish it were better known than it is, so I was happy to stumble across your review. (Thanks to Cym Lowell's Wednesday Book Review Party!)Just wondering: was there anyone else who didn't guess the secret (I don't want to be more specific!) before the end of the book? Friends who have also read Daddy-Long-Legs roll their eyes at me and say it was so obvious . . . so I console my naive self with the thought that I got the biggest share of Judy's surprise and happiness, because I felt it, too! =)

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