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[Reading] ➿ Daddy-Long-Legs Author Jean Webster –

I always have a difficult time rating YA books Do I rate them as I enjoy them now, or as I would have enjoyed them had I read it as a young adult It s tricky.As a young adult I would probably rate this as a five star read As a forty something adult, I enjoyed it, but I wasn t like all over it I d say 3.5 Stars The author kept me reading, and I thought it was very sweet but I probably wouldn t reach for it to re read anytime soon And I m not sooo invested in the characters that I have to run out and buy the sequel ASAP, though I will probably read it at some point.I won t give a synopsis because it s been done many times here on GR and I don t want to spoil things, but it really is a very cute story You should read it February group read with thedead writers society 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 anyway I 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 um.whoops , 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 Jerusha Judy 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 orphans Daddy 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 anyway She 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 hot Did 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 Jerusha Judy 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 istroubling 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 fishy His condition is that she write letters to him, letters he ll presumably never read, as well as standard great grades stuff Jerusha Judy 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 else The downside is that it is one sided Daddy Jervis 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 up.Yeah, 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 Jerusha Judy I didn t fall in love with her I d have written back and asked questions Maybe then.Can 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 too.It could have been worse I have the Jabba playset somewhere too But I am not posing in a bikini The 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 her There s also a sequel, Dear Enemy, that sounds awful I did like My Dearest Enemy which sounds like it was influenced by the awful sounding book List Most optimistic orphans 1 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 beupbeat I m only 1 2 orphan That s like glass half empty.P.s Goodreads says Webster was great niece to Mark Twain Did she sit around quoting 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 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 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 Remain Anonymous And Asked That She Only Write Him Concerning Her Progress In School Who Was This Mysterious Gentleman And Would Jerusha Ever Meet Him WARNING To follow is a highly illustrative review plot summary of the book Daddy Long Legs.As a kid, I totally loved the cartoon Judy I actually miss it sometimes, but then thanks to Goodreads, I discovered that it all started with a book.Jerusha Abbott is an orphan at the John Grier Homes She always gets into trouble and has been overstaying for two years She works her stay by taking care of the younger ones She s actually scared that they might turn her out, but one day, Miss Lippet calls Jerusha to her office On her way, she sees a man s shadow who appears to have extremely long legs.As she enters Miss Lippet s office, Miss Lippet tells her that she is to be sent to college by an anonymous man, whom she could call Mr John Smith, which is of course is an alias.Jerusha is very thankful She sends Mr John Smith letters on almost about anything, ranging from her studies and silly exploits and how a foundling like her strives to keep the secret of her roots The letters, some silly, some serious, some showing what she learns, but all are funny and touching.She calls him Daddy Long Legs since his shadow is all that she could tell of him She does very well at school, ends up being called Judy and gains friends, Sally Mc Bride the one with glasses and Julia Pendleton blonde But despite the constant sending of Mr John Smith of gifts, she can t help but be depressed writing to someone who never writes back A girl couldn t help but cry.Ah hah Then she meets Jervis Pendleton, a rich uncle of her classmate Julia Pendleton Jervis understands her, and in some way, they have the same flow of thinking.But somehow along the way, she happens to fall in love with him, despite the 14 years age gap And ah, the ending is so refreshing I remember feeling the same amount of lightheartedness, because the ending is so touching.And now that it s over, I look wistfully like this Well not as cute as that, but teary eyed since my longing for the cartoon is somehow eased, but still there.Daddy Long Legs is a sweet tale, not just of romance, but also how an orphan girl strives and blends in the normal world Judy is a heroine that is very admirable and whom everyone must set an example of She is strong and hardworking And her roots never interfered with her dreams, and she somehow made it an inspiration to aim higher And also, she is not perfect, and as she constantly points out, she is just a girl of whom all of us could relate to.But somehow, I couldn t get enough of this, so, off to get a copy of the sequel Dear Enemy.But who is Daddy Long Legs Read to find out D Note, Sept 12, 2016 I edited this review just now to correct the misspelling of tonsillitis.Before 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 experience Though 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 latter.Most 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 theological philosophical 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 vocabulary Naturally, 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 noenad 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 marriedthan once But these are minor quibbles.My 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, becomescomplicated than it starts out and if our title character had handled the arrangementsensibly, 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 book Webster wrote a sequel to this novel, Dear Enemy At this point, I wouldn t seek it out as such I m trying not to get sucked intocommitments to series and sequels right now But if I ran across a copy of it, I d give it a read You should read this review if 1 You haven t read this book and need to know why you should,or2 You ve read this book, but need to know about the connection between Daddy Long Legs and J.D Salinger Okay, or 3 Regardless of whether or not you ve read this book, you now think I ve been smoking something I shouldn t have been Please read this review so I can convince you otherwise Thank you There is something to be said for not having read the classics as a kid provided, of course, you steal time as an adult to catch up on everything you ve missed There s nothing like finding out the fun way, in your 20s or 30s or 40s, that the reason a particular work is called a classic is that it s absolutely wonderful.This isn t always the case I can t guarantee you ll shriek, Where have you BEEN all my life if you pick up, say, Gargantuan and Pantagruel But I ve had two separate friends express their startled delight that Anna Karenina is not only not too hard for mere mortals to read, but is in fact a moving and engrossing read and a ripping good one at that I myself missed out on To Kill A Mockingbird until I was in my 40s, because everybody only talked about the important moral issues it discusses, and nobody mentioned how hard its writing kicks arse I only finally read it because I got too embarrassed about having to admit that I hadn t and I m a lousy liar So Daddy Long Legs is an absolute delight I figured it would be cute and, given how long ago it was written, probably pretty sappy That s okay I can deal with a little sap Sometimes I even like it.But the young narrator, Jerusha Abbott, is mercilessly sharp and laugh out loud funny Put it to you this way My son decided to read this after he kept cracking up from all the bits I read out loud to him at the breakfast table He s a sixteen year old EDM aficionado If you re still holding out, I don t know what to tell you.This is the story of a girl who insists on being her own spiky, sharp, funny self in spite of growing up in an orphanage whose goal, as Jerusha puts it, is to turn the ninety seven orphans into ninety seven twins This is not virtue rewarded in the usual sense of the phrase Jerusha is given a scholarship to college thanks to her excellent writing The essay that snagged her this scholarship was a bitterly funny piece about the orphanage I LOVE the fact that Jerusha escapes a horrible situation by speaking up about how awful it is Yes, I ve been reading too many Regency era novels about how women who suffer ills and abuses patiently are rewarded This book was the perfect antidote.Here s something else I didn t expect from this book a Salinger connection.I recently reread The Catcher in the Rye If you ve read it, too, you ll probably recall that the narrator, Holden Caulfield, starts this book having less than a wonderful day Specifically, he just found out he s being expelled from his swanky boarding school He goes to his room to try to relax with a book I d only read about three pages, though, when I heard somebody coming through the shower curtains Even without looking up, I knew right away who it was It was Robert Ackley, this guy that roomed right next to me Nobody ever called him anything except Ackley Not even Herb Gale, his own roommate, ever called him Bob or even Ack If he ever gets married, his own wife ll probably call him Ackley That s a funny passage It also emphasizes Ackley s name It becomes clear very quickly that Holden isn t fond of Ackley at the best of times Today he finds him particularly annoying because Ackley won t let him read No matter how often Holden hints that he s reading, or at least he d like to be, annoying Ackley just won t leave.Okay Big deal Way to be random, Deborah.EXCEPT.Here is a wonderful passage from Daddy Long Legs, part of a chapter in which the narrator has been listing all the reasons it s been a lousy day at school Jerusha has mentioned earlier that the best part of every day for her is the evening, when she curls up to read not assigned reading, but just plain books to make up for all the lost time at the bookless orphanage Friday is sweeping day, and the maid had mixed all the papers on my desk We had tombstone for dessert milk and gelatin flavored with vanilla We were kept in chapel twenty minutes later than usual to listen to a speech about womanly women And then just as I was settling down with a sigh of well earned relief to The Portrait of a Lady, a girl named Ackerly, a dough faced, deadly, unintermittently stupid girl, who sits next to me in Latin because her name begins with A, came to ask if Monday s lesson commenced at paragraph 69 or 70, and stayed ONE HOUR She has just gone Am I one of those Salinger conspiracy theorist weirdos, or does it sound like Salinger liked Daddy Long Legs and paid it a strange little tribute in his best known book You should read Daddy Long Legs and decide for yourself If you ve already read it but it s been a long time, you should read it again and see how much fun it is to read classics when you re a chronological grownup and can decide for yourself what you feel like reading. I found Daddy Long Legs courtesy of the lovely ladies over at Young Adult Anonymous and then devoured it in one sitting it is free for Kindle, though devoid of illustrations Published in 1912, it is a series of letters from the fictional Jerusha Judy Abbott to the mysterious benefactor who plucks her from an orphanage and pays for her college The conditions of receiving the monetary support are that he will remain anonymous as such, Judy calls him many things but most often Daddy Long Legs because she s only seen him once in shadow against a wall and he looked tall and thin and that she write him monthly letters Fans of epistolary fiction will love this, as well as Anne girl fans, because Judy is spunky, hilarious, and outspoken in an Anne of Green Gables way After a while I wanted the story to get to the point, though I never really tired of Judy s voice Once the endgame of the author becomes clear, it is funny to see the actions of Judy and her benefactor change I also think this book would appeal to fans of movies like Meet Me In St Louis and the older versions of Cheaper by the Dozen The descriptions of the homes, families, clothes, and such really made me picture those movies I ve seen time and time again I feel kind of like a badass that I placed both those movies in the same time period as Daddy Long Legs before looking the dates up This mini review was part of a series of 7 mini reviews of short YA books I wrote for a post over at our blog, The Readventurer. I ve been reading comments here and there about how this book is not that good and the central relationship is creepy and it is anti feminist THIS IS SO NOT TRUE Well, of course if you think it s not that good, that s your prerogative I won t go that far but I don t understand, either This book is amazing Judy is so completely accessible, and her roommates and college friends are so funny It s a joy to read about someone who is just so excited to do EVERYTHING, but not, of course, in a phony way But she isn t happy all the time, and she isn t fake she has days of deep depression, as you might expect from someone with her upbringing I loved it every time I read it when I was a kid, but then when I went to college and reread it, I appreciated it evenbecause lots of what Judy experienced, I identified with, though on a different level my educational background was also different from most of my classmates, I also felt like I had to watch what I said about pre college life because I quickly found that people didn t get it, and I also wasn t used to having my own money to spend my own fault, because I never worked in high school.The relationship between Jervis and Judy this is why it s under a spoiler I ve been annoyed by people spoiling this to people who haven t read it, too could seem creepy if one only looked at it on a shallow level, and with 21st century eyes For one thing, he wasn t THAT old It doesn t seem like an age difference that would have been creepy at the time, and I actually have met a few couples with similar age differences today For another, she got to know him on normal terms it wasn t like he was grooming her or anything it wasn t GIGI Or PRETTY WOMAN Or whatever.Finally, it is so not anti feminist I guess it bothers some people that she gets married right out of college and never does anything with her education, and that Jervis tells her what to do Yes, it was totally wrong for Jervis to tell her where she was allowed to go on her summer vacations, and Judy KNOWS IT She calls him on it, thoroughly He learns his lesson And one can only assume that after they re married, they continue with all the philanthropy that refurbishing of the John Grier Home in the second book wasn t cheap.Also many of you know that this is pretty much my highest praise for a book it s FUNNY Now, DEAR ENEMY is absolutely racist and classist and generally offensive, besides not being as well written and only sometimes as funny The odd thing is, I ve had difficulty convincing people of it Oh, and also PLEASE, can someone explain to me why so many people from Iran have read Jean Webster s books 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 life.At 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 quickly 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 letters Dear Daddy Long Legs,I hope you aren t the Trustee who sat on the toad It went off I was told with quite 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 acquisitive instinct The only thing that keeps me from starting a collection is the fact that there s no rule against it.Judy Jerusha 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 spoiler with 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 Joudy abott my old friend.