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Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess (edició 2011)

de Hilary McKay (Autor), Nick Maland (Il·lustrador)

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Relates what becomes of Ermengarde and the other girls left behind at Miss Minchin's School after Sara Crewe leaves to live with her guardian, the Indian gentleman.
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Títol:Wishing for Tomorrow: The Sequel to A Little Princess
Autors:Hilary McKay (Autor)
Altres autors:Nick Maland (Il·lustrador)
Informació:Margaret K. McElderry Books (2011), Edition: Reprint, 288 pages
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Framed as a sequel to The Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett. ( )
  ME_Dictionary | Mar 20, 2020 |
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  FrancescaForrest | May 12, 2014 |
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  FrancescaForrest | May 12, 2014 |
I am distrustful, generally speaking, of sequels written by someone other than the original author, particularly when the sequel in question is following upon an especially beloved classic. It always seems, somehow, to be riding another's coattails (I know, I know - aren't all writers doing that, to some extent?, you might be wondering), and it rarely satisfies the reader who loved the original. I don't think I've ever come across a Jane Austen remake that impressed me (and I've read a few), and the current craze for "monster-mashups" - think Jane Slayre, Little Women and Werewolves, Android Karenina, and so on - leave me cold.

There are exceptions to this general rule of course, from John Gardner's Grendel, which offers the monster's view of the epic of Beowulf, to Jane Lesley Conly's two follow-ups (Racso and the Rats of NIMH and R-T, Margaret, and the Rats of NIMH) to her father's Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH. Hilary McKay's sequel to Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic Victorian tale, A Little Princess is, as it transpires, another such exception.

I adored Burnett's tale of a privileged young girl who discovers, for a time, what it means to be young, vulnerable, and poor in Victorian England, and read it countless times as a girl. I wasn't sure how McKay could expand upon her story without doing it violence, but as it turns out, she didn't try. Wishing for Tomorrow is not more of Sara Crewe's story, it is Ermengarde's story, and (to a lesser extent) the story of Lottie, Lavinia and the Misses Minchin. It is the tale of what happened at the "Select Seminary for Young Ladies," once Sara departed, and manages - wonder of wonders - to offer a convincing, and even sympathetic(!) explanation for the behavior of some of the less admirable characters in the original.

McKay doesn't make the mistake of trying to duplicate Burnett's style or worldview - she obviously has her own - nor does she take Burnett's view of these characters as her own. Lavinia is revealed as an intelligent girl who's simply never been given the opportunity to use her mind, Miss Minchin as a frustrated and embittered woman who was also denied, as a girl, the opportunities she deserved. As for Ermengarde, she emerges from the veil cast by Sara's perception of her, much less of a lumpen "clod" than first appeared. I was amazed to discover that I loved (or, in the case of Miss Minchin, could at least sympathize with) each of these characters, despite finding them either lackluster or repugnant in Burnett's original. No small achievement on McKay's part! I think I may have to track down more of her work... ( )
1 vota AbigailAdams26 | Apr 1, 2013 |
A sequel to Little Princess? Oh, the horror! Is nothing sacred? Ah, but wait...it's Hilary McKay! Welllll, maybe we will read it. If at least one other person thinks it is safe. Ah, my trusted bloggy friend, Charlotte's Library, has given it her stamp of approval.

So I read it. Now I want it too, to read over and over...the key word to describe this story is satisfying. We always wanted to know what happened to the miserable, unhappy girls, left behind in the miserable, unhappy school, with two miserable, unhappy women. True, Burnett says that Miss Amelia is a little more self-assertive. But really, does one want Miss Amelia in charge of anything? I think not.

Hilary McKay gently fills in the background of characters Ermengarde, Lavinia and Lottie. Not only do we come to understand them better, we see them grow and change as they discover a world outside Miss Minchin's rule. McKay's attempt to humanize Miss Minchin is less successful and she becomes something of a dark shadow, hovering in the background. Pitiful, yet still frightening. One wonders how Ermengarde and Lottie will fare with the alcoholic and possibley mentally disturbed Miss Minchin when Lavinia has achieved her goal of Oxford. The final dramatic catastrophe is a little over the top, and yet fits perfectly in the theme of release as the students and teachers escape into a happier life.

Verdict: For anyone who wanted to know what happened next....

ISBN: 978-1442401693; Published January 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry; Borrowed from the library; Purchased for the library
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