Caught In the Act!
My intelligent readers know when to catch me in a bit of Birdian bluster. Just the other day I decided to test the waters and see if anyone would debate me on the relative merits of Little Lord Fauntleroy. I've always heard that it was treacle, but so few of us have read it that I thought I might be able to get away with calling it as such. No go, it seems. A smart-eyed Information Specialist in Charlotte by the name of Carl was quick to call my bluff on the matter.
I want to step up to the defense of a neglected book. How many of you have actually READ Little Lord Fauntleroy? Recently? I read it a couple of years ago in an American Classics of Children's Lit class and was prepared to be thoroughly bored but guess what--I couldn't put it down! Sure, it's the old cute-innocent-meets-crusty-old-guy story but it works! It's believable, not overly sugary or sentimental (the crusty old guy really isn't very nice and his inevitable transformation comes slowly), and you really come to care about the characters. It's a good book and deserves to be rediscovered. In fat, I'll throw another bomb out there and say that I agree with the professor of that class in stating that LLF is far superior to The Secret Garden! There! I've said it. Does anyone agree? Disagree? I'd be interested to hear what you have to say. Thanks! PS--I'd recommend finding an Aladdin Classics copy of LLF and read Polly Hovarth's intro.So let's give LLF the attention it deserves. In this year's A Drowned Maiden's Hair by Laura Amy Schlitz, one of the characters grows enamored of the book and emulates LLF. You get the feeling, when the villain proclaims to dislike the title, that LLF is something to be admired. So how many of us have actually read it? Show of hands please. Thoughts on the matter?
In short, are yuh fer it or agin it?