Rainer Maria Rilke

"Live a while in these books, learn from them what seems to you worth learning, but above all love them. This love will be repaid you a thousand and a thousand times, and however your life may turn,-it will, I am certain of it, run through the fabric of your growth as one of the most important threads among all the threads of your experiences, disappointments, and joys."--Rainer Maia Rilke


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Sunday, November 13, 2011

A Classic Revisited

A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett
(Children's Classic but Fun for All Ages)
I am so glad that between every few new fiction books I revisit an classic.  This one was a great friend from my childhood and what a delight to see Sara again!

The story is about a young girl named Sara, who is the apple of her father's eye.  He is stationed in India and when she comes of age, he wants to have her educated and 'finished'.  He sends her to a boarding school in England and subsequently dies, leaving her an orphan.  She is reduced to a servant in the same boarding house but she still keeps her hopeful outlook towards her fellow creatures. Little does she know her father's best friend is looking for her, ready to bestow wealth and a home on her--if only he could find her.  In a true Victorian twist of fate, Sara is eventually rescued and finds a home with a loving benefactor.Sara is an odd, eccentric girl who is as optimistic as Pollyanna (another BFF from my childhood) but Sara does have a bit of a temper as well.  This makes the story just that much more fun, as a perfect young lady is sometimes hard to stomach.

This book was a delight and pleasure and it is easy to see why it is a classic for any age.

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