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I remember reading this as a kid and really liking it, and it is rather remarkable how well I remembered the story and how much I still enjoyed the book. The story is relatively simplistic: an orphaned girl is sponsored by a nameless benefactor to attend college, with the stipulation that she write to the nameless benefactor, whom she dubs "Daddy-Long-Legs" regularly. Following the initial set-up, the story is told entirely in the letters Judy writes to DLL. As an adult, I am slightly put off by DLL's manipulation of Judy's life, but only slightly. I still found the book utterly charming. And now I discover there is a sequel! Or frappulous joy!
A quick easy read.....charming, yet sappy.....this was recommended another lifetime ago by a local bookseller who could not believe i had never read it.....and i soon found it and added it to my shelf....but it was a local theater troupe that is about to present a dramatic version of this on stage that triggered my memory that i STILL had not read it. So, the deed is done. Slightly silly, slightly sweet, and unbelievably predictable......and that is the quality that limits me at 3.5. I'm always the last to figure things out in a book or movie......but this i saw a mile away. No regrets though.
I saw so many rave reviews of this classic that I figured I should give it a try. Unfortunately I did not find it as wonderful as the majority of reviewers made it out to be. It's hard for me to pinpoint why - sure, she's a bit like Anne Shirley, but I enjoy Anne infinitely more. Age-difference between the love interests? Doesn't bother me in the slightest. The fact that Judy/Jerusha calls her benefactor "Daddy" - sure, it's unconventional, but it wasn't meant to have the connotations that modern readers might inflict upon it. Honestly, I think the main reason that I only found this story "okay" was because it felt so one-sided. I like epistolary writing, but when the POV is so limited (as it is in this story), I feel that the secondary characters whose POVs aren't given lack so much depth. Perhaps if characters like Jervie were fleshed out more, then I might have enjoyed this novel more. As it is, it wasn't bad, but I won't be recommending it to any readers either.
The unforgettable letters of a high-spirited orphan to "Daddy-Long-Legs", her anonymous benefactor.
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The oldest at a dreary home for foundlings, Judy Abbott finds her life completely changed when, with the help of a mysterious benefactor, she is granted her wish to be able to go to college. A meeting with the rich, handsome uncle of her snobbish roommate sets Judy on the road to discovering her secret friend.
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.52 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1900-1944
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Le vicende di Judy sono raccontate attraverso le lettere che scrive al suo misterioso benefattore, John Smith, che le paga gli studi, da lei soprannominato Papà Gambalunga per le lunghissime gambe che sono anche la sola cosa che di lui ha potuto intravedere di sfuggita.
Una storia dolce e romantica ma che è al tempo stesso anche una storia di forza e di riscatto, e che racconta quanto ancora fosse difficile la condizione della donna agli inizi del secolo scorso.
Scritta con spirito e tanta simpatia si legge con tantissimo piacere.