Sunday, September 23, 2012

DADDY LONG LEGS

Author:  Jean Webster
Genre:  YA Epistolary, Standalone
Published:  1912
Personal Rating:  3.75/5 (good +)
Format/Narrator:  Audiobook/Kate Forbes
Yearly Count:  80


Jerusha (Judy) Abbott grew up in a home for orphans.  A trustee of the orphanage gifts her with a college education.  The only stipulation is that she must keep him abreast of her studies with detailed letters and not to expect a response because she is not to know his identity.

What a nice surprise!  I really enjoyed this classic.  I was engaged the whole time (short book, though) and looked forward to hearing more about Judy's college days when I had to put it down.  

For being written in 1912, I expected it to be much different from today.  And, of course, it was in many ways, but Judy's spunky, determined character could be someone of today.

*Recommended By:  Tricia from Library Queue

14 comments:

  1. I just read this one a few weeks ago. Such a cute story. Of course, Daddy Long Legs is one of my favorite movies.

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    1. Lynne ~ I would like to see the movie.

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  2. I do love an epistolary novel but I'm not sure I'd like it on audio.

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    1. Bermudaonion ~ I love epistolary novels and was a little concerned as to how it would come across in an audio version. It worked out just fine. I enjoyed it.

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  3. I've always wanted to read this one! Glad to hear you liked it! It isn't a standalone though there is a sequel. Let me see ... I can't remember the title ... hang on ...

    "Dear Enemy" published 1915. It was one of the top ten best sellers of 1916. Good ol' google.

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    1. Nicola Mansfield ~ OH! Thank you! :) I had NO clue it was a sequel. I'll have to look into Dear Enemy. And, yes! I love Google! :)

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  4. I'm glad you liked this. I was surprised about the more modern sentiments too. Such a fun book!

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    1. Tricia ~ Ahhh! I just fixed my post to add "Recommended By: Tricia from Library Queue." I couldn't remember where I first saw it. Thanks!

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  5. I had my grandmother's copy. It was a movie tie-in copy to the 1930s version with Janet Gaynor and Warner Baxter. Glossy black and white stills. I've been a Jean Webster fan ever since.

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    1. Bybee ~ Oh wow! How cool is that! :)

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  6. I've heard of this book somewhere...can not place it but I'm glad that you liked it!!!

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    1. Staci ~ I think you'd like it, Staci. Just know that it's a gentle book.

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  7. This is one of my favorites!

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    1. Susan ~ I wouldn't consider it a favorite (wish it were), but I can certainly understand why it is a classic. It has stood the test of time. :)

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