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Book Ü Daddy Long Legs Í 160 pages ´ Johnscyclingdiary Í [BOOKS] ⚡ Daddy Long Legs By Jean Webster – Johns-cycling-diary.co.uk When Jerusha Abbott an eighteen year old girl living in an orphan asylum was told that a mysterious millionaire had agreed to pay for her education it was like a dreamWhen Jerusha Abbott an eighteen year old girl living in an orphan asylum was told that a mysterious millionaire had agreed to pay for her education it Daddy Long Legs is a delightful short novel written in 1912 Basically it's along the lines of Anne Shirley goes to a girls' college It's mostly epistolary told in the form of letters written by the main character where she talks and jokes about her daily lifeAt the beginning of our story Jerusha is a 17 year old oppressed but imaginative girl who lives and works in an orphanage where she's grown up She's unexpectedly given the chance to go to college when one of the orphanage trustees reads a humorous English essay that she wrote and offers to pay her way He insists on remaining anonymous to her but wants her to write him monthly letters telling him of her progress This novel consists of the letters Jerusha who uickly dumps her unliked name at college and tells people to call her Judy writes over the next four years to her benefactor It's fun to get a glimpse of life at an all girls college 100 years ago A sample from one of Judy's lettersDear Daddy Long LegsI hope you aren't the Trustee who sat on the toad? It went off I was told with uite a pop so probably it was a fatter Trustee Every spring when the hoptoad season opened we would form a collection of toads and keep them in window wells by the orphanage's laundry room; and occasionally they would spill over into the laundry causing a very pleasurable commotion on wash days We were severely punished for our activities in this direction but in spite of all discouragement the toads would collect I don't know why I am in such a reminiscent mood except that spring and the reappearance of toads always awakens the old acuisitive instinct The only thing that keeps me from starting a collection is the fact that there's no rule against itJudyJerusha is a likeable main character with a lively sense of humor and an independent streak In many ways the book is dated understandably but at the same time there are some unexpectedly progressive views Given the times it's not too surprising that Judy also makes some positive comments about socialism as well as a few snarky comments about religion But overall this is a gentle humorous coming of age story with just a bit of romance Minus one star for the overly pat and somewhat disturbing ending I didn't care for the way the author glossed over some major personal trust issues view spoilerwith the big reveal at the end of who Daddy Long Legs is and immediately gave us a simple and they lived happily ever after ending I rather think that a personality like Judy's would have a few snippy or even irate things to say to Daddy about the secret he kept from her before letting him sweep her off her feet hide spoiler

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Was like a dream come true For the first time in her life she had someone she could pretend was family But everything was not perfect for he chose to It's probably one of those sad things about me that I take rootless interest in people I don't know and do a whole lot of aimless wondering It feels creepy on bad days Daddy Long Legs is weird for me 'cause it felt both not creepy and totally creepy It must have been delicious for Daddy to get letters from someone who didn't know who she was writing to be privy to hopes and desires and not have to figure his own out Too bad the sense that he knew them too well was creepy He had eight legs and none to hold with He was thinking with another appendage anywayI like this review of Daddy Long Legs that asks why Jean Webster is so popular in Iran She's right It is interesting to me that things that were loved and cast aside will be still loved somewhere else EBM in Germany Phil Collins in Soviet Russia umwhoops old fashioned Jean Webster in Iran When I was a teenager I had friends who belonged to ultra strict families religious grounds No freedom of choice I used to go off into reveries about what I'd survive on if I were them I'd still have Anne of Green Gables I'd say as if to reassure me for worst case scenarios I'd also take it further back and decide what I'd have been reading if I lived in another time and country presuming I was lucky enough to be able to read I never want to be female in what ifs in other countries and times My favorite part of Daddy Long Legs is reading about how they survived on what they had then JerushaJudy loves Jane Eyre Stevenson Little Women only in college She didn't have them before then I've been thinking about Iranian readers of Jean Websters books I used to email a Malay girl a few years back and she'd tell me about movies she had to watch in secret Sometimes I'd disappoint her because I didn't value stuff like family honor Are Websters books popular because they approach the line of freedom and step back behind firm lines of society and family? I would mentally shelve Webster under the heading of Safe to have Okay I had been on a goodreads diet of no pictures in reviews Today I am bingeing and tomorrow I will throw up all over a new review It's all for the sake of the orphansDaddy Long Legs is cozy and warm like inside the belly of a taun taun It would keep you warm and it also smells kinda off even rotten at times Not fishy but taun taun y I have that taun taun with the figures This is a picture I pulled off google images I'm too lazy to do my own reenactment Since I am lazy this does not count anywayShe calls him daddy Ewwww The nick name is cute daddy long legs 'cause his shadow looked spidery and long legged It wouldn't be creepy if she didn't ask if she should still call him daddy in the last letter now that they are engaged What if he says yes? I know a guy who calls his wife Mama So not hotDid he choose to sponsor her for college as grooming for future wifedom? That's gross That's what was creepy to me She's supposed to become a writer Jerusha doesn't know what she wants Sure parents pressure their kids to be doctors or something If he was paying for her to attend med school she'd dump him as soon as she graduated What is this vicarious living slash wife hunting? Don't know if I like it JerushaJudy doesn't roll over for Jervis the man she knows at least It's lucky for her that she didn't figure it out at first I forgave her because she grew up in an orphan asylum Once she begins reading voraciously it is troubling that her imagination couldn't do the numbers because she felt so grateful to the trustee this was creepy because inmates with special benefits are called this now for her opportunities It's a trap Picture your favorite Admiral Ackbar picture here He smells fishyHis condition is that she write letters to him letters he'll presumably never read as well as standard great grades stuff JerushaJudy takes to writing these letters with glee sometimes annoyance or resigned longing because she's never had anyone in all her life to write to The relief to finally talk was the good part The charm of Daddy Long Legs are the confidences that she makes in those letters I liked how the girl tried to catch up to all the girls her own age reading books she missed out on the newness of academia and bigger social circles that can be taken for granted by those who have them The weaker part is that it is the safe and allowed to have I'm not begrudging anyone who has to have that This is with me as a reader in mind I wonder what other people want even as I'm hopeless at reading for anyone elseThe downside is that it is one sided DaddyJervis does not get to speak and over her shoulder it was easy to view him as someone who wanted to bottle her innocence and vibrance and direct it himself When the world should have widened it cut off Daddy Long Legs ends too soon and footnotes the growing up past the newness Sometimes people tell themselves things Jerusha tells herself she's over her past of being an orphan She's not it made her who she was The telling and back and forth on that felt like a nervous tic something to do with your hands when nervous that one cannot disguise Other things being grateful and learning to smile through tedium was telling Who wants to read a self help book? Letters should be like talking to yourself and to someone you care about at the same time Mantras are not going to keep The Beatles from splitting upYeah yeah it was written eons ago She marries a bossy man who knows what's best for her If I were her friend getting letters about this guy I'd not worry about her because she knows when she's taken advantage of and told to be grateful like the mistress of the asylum she tries to scorn with tongue and cheek but cannot help biting the insides of her cheeks not to scream I liked JerushaJudy I didn't fall in love with her I'd have written back and asked uestions Maybe thenCan you believe that I used to be a letter writer? Shared correspondence is a good place for sad wonderers who want to know Daddy waited too long to write letters he does eventually as Jervis We don't get to read them He could get to be warm tooIt could have been worse I have the Jabba playset somewhere too But I am not posing in a bikiniThe movie version stars Fred Astaire as Daddy I've not seen it yet Astaire was movie star playing a movie star kind of guy to me I never warmed or really wondered about him Coughs except for a bio I read for a project many years ago Don't remember any of it See? Leslie Caron was annoying in that movie she did with Kirk Douglas She's Jerusha I'll probably hate herThere's also a seuel Dear Enemy that sounds awful I did like My Dearest Enemy which sounds like it was influenced by the awful sounding book ListMost optimistic orphans1 Pollyanna2 Little Orphan Annie3 Anne of Green Gables4 Jerusha5 Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm I only know the name Maybe she is sunnier?Shirley Temple was insane My mom had dolls of her in all of her movie incarnations I had to look at them while she pestered me to be upbeat I'm only 12 orphan That's like glass half emptyPs Goodreads says Webster was great niece to Mark Twain Did she sit around uoting him a lot? Did she say My great uncle Mark Twain said and repeat back everything everyone else ever said to her? But I said that to you last Christmas

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Daddy Long LegsRemain anonymous and asked that she only write him concerning her progress in school Who was this mysterious gentleman and would Jerusha ever meet hi Note Sept 12 2016 I edited this review just now to correct the misspelling of tonsillitisBefore this book was nominated as a common read in my Vintage Tales group I'd never even heard of it or of Jean Webster 1876 1916 Going into it my expectations weren't particularly high As it turned out though I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed the reading experienceThough not well known today Webster wrote roughly a score of books in her short lifetime she died on the cusp of 40 From this book it's clear that she belongs to the Realist tradition though unlike the regionalist Realists of that day she doesn't at least here go in for a sense of place or regional dialect; the geographic location of the orphanage where foundling Jerusha Judy Abbott grows up and of the women's college she eventually attends are left indeterminate The premise here in some ways though not others is similar to a distaff version of Great Expectations a disadvantaged adolescent is befriended and raised in station by an anonymous benefactor whose deliberately concealed identity creates an element of mystery; she knows only that he's a trustee of the orphanage The book title comes from his tall frame and long limbs which on the one occasion at the beginning of the book where she caught a passing glimpse of his back made his shadow resemble a daddy long legs Unlike Pip's benefactor however Judy's influenced by reports from her teachers that she's intelligent and has writing talent puts most of his benevolence into educating her rather than showering her with spending money though she gets a decent amount of the latterMost of the book is written in the epistolary style consisting of letters written by Judy to the eponymous Daddy Long Legs as directed by the terms of her arrangement with him which also stipulate that he won't reply to her so it's a one sided correspondence Epistolary novels fell out of favor later in the 20th century and may have an unfamiliar feel to a generation that seldom writes paper letters But even for modern readers the style and diction is lively and humorous the subjects wide ranging and interesting; it's both a fascinating window into early 20th century college and social life seen through the eyes of a keen observer who's used to being an outsider and a vehicle for social criticism and theologicalphilosophical reflection one suspects that Judy's views mirror Webster's But it's also a wonderful character study of a thoroughly likable infectiously enthusiastic girl who's apt to steal your heart Yes she has her moments in the dumps too and times when she can be tactless; that just means she's human like the rest of us She IS a college girl though learning a college girl's vocabulary so there are occasional big words here If one or two are unfamiliar to a reader it's just a chance to build ones' own vocabularyNaturally being a different person than Judy is I didn't agree with all of her opinions My religious attitudes are different from her essentially secular ones though I'm no enad of the grim handed down Puritanism of rural New England than she is; and while I approve of her feminism her Fabian Socialism hasn't worn well over the ensuing century which saw the horrors of the Socialist experiment of European and Asiatic Communism and the melt down of the former But her attitudes are realistic for a young person of her background being college educated in the height of the Progressive era; and in many of the ways that she looks at life I can recognize that she's wise and perceptive Many readers will tumble onto a particular plot point much sooner than Judy does I did for instance but no spoiler here But I don't see this as a defect; it imparts an added element of fun to the book if we're in on something Judy doesn't know Since the usual treatment for tonsillitis is amputation it's hard to picture her having it twice; and it's also hard to imagine a high school graduate not knowing that Shelley was a poet or that Henry VIII was married than once But these are minor uibblesMy main problem with the book which cost it the fifth star is the fact that for me Judy's benefactor came across as a bit too distant with his policy of strict secrecy about his identity and refusal to answer her letters and too bossy and controlling at several junctures He communicates his wishes through his secretary To her credit though she defies his bossiness on a couple of points and makes her own decision The whole situation of course becomes complicated than it starts out; and if our title character had handled the arrangement sensibly the book wouldn't have the same distinctive feel and flavor But to me it was still a bit off putting That didn't keep me from really liking the bookWebster wrote a seuel to this novel Dear Enemy At this point I wouldn't seek it out as such I'm trying not to get sucked into commitments to series and seuels right now But if I ran across a copy of it I'd give it a read