Daddy Long Legs

ISBN: 0788747363
ISBN 13: 9780788747366
By: Jean Webster Kate Forbes

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Jerusha Abbott grew up in an orphanage but was sent to college by a mysterious benefactor she calls Daddy-Long-Legs. In college she falls in love with a young man who wants to marry her, but she refuses because she is an orphan. Finally, after Jerusha--now Judy--graduates, she asks to meet her benefactor.

Reader's Thoughts

Margaret Oswald

Normally I love - or at least like - these types of books. Old-fashioned romance/coming of age tale... what's not to like? But Jean Webster's condescending attitude to women in romance and heavy-handed progressive views were really not my cup of tea. The story-telling is not strong, and I was literally angry at the end of this book at the opportunistic (and borderline predatory) masculine behavior that is presented as charming and romantic. Perhaps part of my dislike of this book is that I had rather high hopes... but overall, my impression was of pseudo-intellectual characters and a misogynistic plot.The book is interesting from a historical point of view, especially regarding the history of educational institutions in America. But if you're looking for a great story in this style, re-read Anne of Green Gables or Little Women.

Anne

What a lovely gem of a book! The heroine was so endearing and funny, she is sure to lift your spirits up from her very first letter! For an orphan who had never seen much of the world, she was very brave and happy and I loved how she always tried to make the best out of everything. It shows that those who don't have much truly know how to appreciate what they do have.This cute little story all unfolds through Jerusha's letters to the mysterious benefactor who is paying for her college education, whom she calls "Daddy-Long-Legs". He never writes back, and we only get Jerusha's point of view. Her character growth was a lovely journey to witness, and I enjoyed every minute I spent reading it (and it's a rather short book, can be read in a day or two)! I also loved all the references to classics (it made me realize that they are so many i have yet to read! I need to be more "educated" too!) The ending was all I had hoped for and it is with happy sigh of contentment that I put it down and added it to my mental list of books I must re-read for sure!I owe many thanks to my good friend Maria for recommending it to me, otherwise I would probably never have thought of picking it up!! Thanks so much, it was beautiful! :)

Aliaa Mohamed

أظن ان شخصيةالفتاة " جودي آبوت " ستظل ترافقنى لفترة طويلة فقليلة هى الاعمال التى اندمج معها بهذا الشكل وينتابنى الحزن كثيرا عقب الانتهاء من قراءتها وهو ما حدث مع " أبى طويل الساقين " .بالرغم من بساطة فكرة تلك الرواية وبساطة أسلوب الكاتبة وكأنك تقرأ كتاب للأطفال إلا ان ما انطوت عليه كان عميق للغاية ،، فيكفى ان تشعر بأن هناك من تنتمى إليه - كما قالت جودى أبوت ف النهاية " ألا يبدو غريبًا أن أنتمي لشخص ما أخيرا " - حتى تبدأ ف الشعور بالتغير وانك افضل مما كنت تظن وتبدأ ف رؤية العالم من منظور مختلف تماما عن سابقيه .لأول مرة أعرف ان هناك عمل كرتونى عن تلك الرواية وبحثت عنه ووجدته بالفعل وهذا اجمل ما ف الاعمال الادبية الناجحة .ملحوظة : أعجبنى الغلاف كثيرا بالرغم من بساطته .

Deborah Markus

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.

Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

~MY FIRST BOOK IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE~This is the first book I read in English; I was about 15-16 years old at the time. I studied the language with my beloved teacher, Galina Vasilievna, in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). I had 2-3 private classes a week, and she would usually give me an obscene amount of home work - well, thanks for that! After some time spent with study books, I came to a point when she suggested 'additional reading' and gave me this book. I was supposed to prepare a couple of pages of reading once a week. By 'prepare' I mean exactly what it sounds like - PREPARE. Translate every word - understand it in context. Write it down. Translate, write down the definition and construct in writing 5 sentences with the phrases underlined by my teacher. Usually those were expressions, like "dragged itself to a close" - Gosh, I still remember it!Well, I have to say that I have never finished the book in the way Galina Vasilievna wanted me to. In about half a year I just wanted to know "what's next?!!" and flipped through the many remaining pages in one evening, grasping the meaning despite the still words I did not know. Proud, I said to the teacher "I can tell you the story!" "It is not reading, my dear! I need you to learn the expressions!" she replied as calmly, as usually.Many books have passed through my hands and mind, shaping my soul and life path since then. Most of them have been in English language. I studied for my Master's degree reading and writing everything in English. For several years I used to write a weekly column in English for a newspaper. For about four years [at the time of this review] 85% of my communications are in English. I am thrilled with the Gift to read English authors in their own language. And the door to all of this is my dear old teacher and the story of Daddy-Long-Legs and little Jerusha, writing him letters and falling in love... As for the book itself: it was cute. I may read it once again, just to have a complete picture, non-fragmented with my initial page-a-week jumps...Victoria Evangelina Belyavskaya

Zen Cho

Man, I love this book. It was my first introduction to epistolary fiction, and it's just so adorable. Now the fact that she called her romantic interest Daddy throughout the entire book wigs me a bit, and Jervis is so high-handed and lacking in candour that I'm deeply suspicious of him, but I'm gonna put down Judy's trilling that he's right most of the time because he's years older than her to the mushy-brainedness of the first flush of love, and believe that she's going to be able to handle him. Still, the whole love subplot, Pygmalion and Galatea, is dodgy in the extreme. I like the romance subplot in the sequel-of-sorts Dear Enemy better, but that book has lots of other dodgy things.Things I didn't like when I read this as a wee kidlet: Jervis? What the hell kinda name is that for your romantic interest? Sheesh. When the only nickname you can come up with is Jervie, you know, you might wanna consider changing the name.Things I liked back then, and still like now: Judy's resolute independence. Her delight in the books she's catching up on, which everyone else has read: Alice in Wonderland, Sherlock Holmes, etc. etc. The letter about Pepys, because that was the first time I'd ever heard of the dude. The doodles. The digressions on clothes.Coming to it fresh now I think I'd probably find it a little precious, but I can't imagine not being charmed by Judy's spirit and sense of humour.

Jasmin

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

Mahsa

يادمه سال 70 فضای دبيرستان ما از زندان هم بدتر بود شايد شما يادتون نياد که اونزمان چقدر محدوديت و فشار زياد بود ولی اينطوری بگم که من خودم از دبيرستانم هيچ خاطره خوبی غير از كتابهاي جين وبستر ندارم! تفتيش شديد عقايد و ارعاب بچه ها . ديوارهای کلاسهااز دوده شوفاژ سياه و کثيف بودند و گچ ديوارها هم جا به جا كنده شده بود طوريكه آدم سالمو دو ساعت ميگذاشتی اونجا افسردگی می گرفت !!! پنجره ها هم که از بيرون کلی محافظ و ميله و سيم خاردار داشت که يك وقت عابران پياده سه طبقه قلاب نگيرند و ما رو توی طبقه سوم با مانتو و مقنعه نبينند !!! البته يك پروژه در دست اقدام داشتند که به ميله پنجره ها برق وصل کنند تا اگه کسی هم خواست ما رو ببينه فورا به لقاء الله برسه !!! رفتار دبير و ناظمها با بچه ها مثل قاتلها بود و اغلب معلمها دست کم چند عقدهء روحی / روانی و خانوادگی داشتند احتمالا آموزش پرورش داشتن چند عقده روانی را در فرم استخداميش لحاظ کرده بود که هر چی آدم عصبی و رواني و از همه جا رانده و مانده بود ميرفت معلم ميشد!!! انروزها من و يكي از دوستانم تصميم گرفتيم خودمان دست بكار بشيم و دبيرستان ايده آل خودمونو بسازيم البته در داستان ! اون موقع بدون اينترنت و ماهواره و اين همه وسايل ارتباط جمعي اين كتاب بهترين وسيله براي من بود كه زندگي هم سن و سالهاي خودم را خارج از اين ديوارها درك كنم. موضوع داستان ما ماجراهاي چند تا دختر در خوابگاه يک کالج مختلط و چند مليتي انتخاب شد که شخصيتهاشون همکلاسيهامون و خودمون بوديم ولي در يک کالج اروپايي و با فضا و امکانات ايده ال خودمون ! به هر کدام از بچه هاي کلاس هم گفتيم اسم و مليتشان را خودشان انتخاب کنند ... اتفاقا خيلي داستانهاي جالبي از آب درامد .بچه ها از سر صبح مي پرسيدن فصل جديدي نوشته شده يا نه و بي صبرانه منتظر زنگ تفريح بودند . بعدها شخصيتهاي داستان اونقدر بين خودمون معروف و ملموس شدند که به فکر افتاديم چهره شخصيتها رو هم نقاشي کنيم ...

Amir Mojiry

و حالا این یکی! ماجرا این بود که در دوران دبیرستان در محله ی خودمان، کتابخانه ی درست و درمانی نبود. رفتن به نزدیک ترین کتابخانه ی آن طرف ها هم چندان کار راحتی نبود. این بود که در کتابخانه ی نزدیک به دبیرستان مان عضو شدم. (یک ساعتی از دبیرستان تا خانه راه بود) حقیقتش قبل از آن در کتابخانه های عمومی عضو نشده بودم! یک بار بچه که بودم می خواستم عضو شوم اما سن کمم را بهانه کردند و راهم ندادند! این بود که عضو شدن در یک کتابخانه ی عمومی هر چند کوچک باشد برایم به معنای یک کشف بزرگ بود. گشتن بی هدف فیش های طبقه بندی شده ی کتاب ها و مخصوصن بعدن که فهمیدم کتابخانه "مخزن باز" است و این یعنی گشت زدن میان خود کتاب ها. اصل جنس! در همین کشف بود که خیلی از روزها بعد مدرسه می آمدم به کتابخانه و همان طور که به ساعت نگاه می کردم که برای به خانه رفتن دیر نشود میان کتاب ها می گشتم (دقیق ترش این است که غلت می زدم) و کتاب ها را ورق می زدم (دقیق ترش: بو می کشیدم) و حسرت می کشیدم که چرا نمی شود بیش تر از دو تا کتاب از کتابخانه گرفت!بابا لنگ دراز همان جا به چشمم خورد و گرفتمش و شروع کردم به خواندنش. این به نظرم یک اصل کلی است که کتاب ها لذت بخش تر از فیلم هایی هستند که از آن ها اقتباس می شوند. مخصوصن وقتی کارتون ساخته شده از آن را دوبله شده و بالطبع سانسورشده ببینید! آن جا اصل ماجراهای بابالنگ درازی و رویاپردازی های دختر بازیگوش او را خواندم و از پایان زیبایش شگفت زده شدم.کتاب قشنگی بود. باور کنید. حتی قشنگ تر از کارتونش

Antof9

Who knew there was a book for this movie? I certainly didn't. This book was truly charming. It's entirely made up of letters from Judy to her "Daddy Long Legs", except for the very beginning, which introduces her while she's still in the John Grier Home.One of the parts that struck me the most was her comments on reading Jane Eyre. Having just (very recently) finished that myself, I was definitely in that mindset when reading this book. I thought that immediately, and it seemed perfectly natural that it would come up in this book too."I sat up half of last night reading Jane Eyre. . . When I was reading about little Jane's troubles in the charity school, I got so angry that I had to go out and take a walk. I understood exactly how she felt. . . Our lives were absolutely monotonous and uneventful."Obviously there's more, but that section certainly struck me. Even in the midst of a truly enjoyable book that is definitely more positive than negative, there is honestly and harsh reality of the way some things happen in this world. I appreciated the way the author handled this (not just this section, but all references toward orphanages) in this style of writing.This is truly a charming little book. Enjoyable in every aspect. Read it if you get a chance :) It'll take no time at all!

Ahmad

سرپرست مهربان و عزیزی که بچه­ های یتیم رو به کالج می­فرستد: من رسیدم! اینجام! دیروز 4 ساعت با قطار توی راه بودم. حس جالبیه؟ نه؟ من هیچوقت سوار قطار نشده بودم... کالج جای بزرگ و شگفت ­آوریه، هروقت اتاقمو ترک می­کنم، گم می­شم. بعدا وقتی که احساس سردرگمی کمتری داشتم، حتما براتون تعریف می­کنم چطور جاییه، همین طور «راجب درسام». تا دوشنبه صبح کلاسی شروع نمی­شه، و الان شب شنبه است. اما من فقط خواستم یه نامه بنویسم، برای اینکه کمی باهم آشنا شیم. حس غریبیه این که، برای کسی نامه بنویسی، که نمی­شناسیش. کلا برای من، که بیشتر از 3 یا 4 بار چیزی ننوشتم، کمی حس غریبیه، پس اگه یه نوشته ی ایدآلی نباشه لطفا چشم ­پوشی کنین! دیروز قبل از اینکه یتیمخانه رو ترک کنم، خانم «لیپت» و من، یه گفتگوی جدی ­ای داشتیم. اون به من توضیح داد، که از این به بعد چطور باید رفتار کنم، مخصوصا با یک مرد اصیل و اشراف­زاده، که برای من کارای زیادی می­کنه. باید خیلی مواظب باشم که با احترام برخورد کنم! اما آخه چطور میشه یه نامه با احترام و ادب برای کسی نوشت، که دلش میخواد: «جان اسمیت» خطابش کنی؟ چرا اسمی رو انتخاب نکردین که کمتر دوستانه باشه؟ تابستون امسال خیلی «راجب» شما فکر کردم؛ با داشتن کسی که بعد از اینهمه سال، منو پشتیبانی مالی کنه احساس می­کنم که یه جورایی خانواده پیدا کردم. به نظر می­رسه که الان من به یه شخصی تعلق دارم. و این یه احساس آرامش بخشیه. لازمه که بگم وقتی که به شما فکر می­کنم فقط تصور خیلی کم و مبهمی دارم. اینها سه چیزی هستن که راجبتون می­دونم: 1: قد بلندین. 2: پولدارین. 3: از دخترها بدتون میاد. اول در نظر داشتم که شما رو «آقای متنفر از دخترها» صدا بزنم، اما این توهین به من بود. یا آقای پولدار که این هم توهین به شما بود، انگار که تنها پول راجب شما مهم هست. تازه پولدار بودن یه صفت ظاهری هس. و ممکنه شما یه زمانی دیگه پولدار نباشین؛ مثل همه مردهای باهوشی که توی مراکز سرمایه­داری تمام داراریشونو می­بازن. اما حداقل شما تمام عمرتون رو قدبلند خواهین موند! برای همین من تصمیم گرفتم شما رو «بابا لنگ دراز» صدا بزنم. امیدوارم اشکالی نداشته باشته. این فقط یه اسم مستعاریه که ما به خانم «لیپت» نخواهیم گفت. زنگ ساعت ده الانه که بعد دو دقیقه زده شه. تمام روزهای ما با زنگها تقسیم شده. ما با این زنگها می­خوریم، می­خوابیم و درس می­خونیم. این خیلی روحیه میده. آهان! زنگ خورد! خاموشی! شب بخیر. پانوشت‌: می­بینین که من با چه دقت و ظرافتی قوانین رو رعایت می­کنم، به خاطر تربیتی که توی یتیمخانه «جان گریر هوم» داشتم. با احترام: جروشا ابوت به: بابا لنگ دراز....باید برای حال زندگی کرد، نباید افسوس گذشته را خورد، باید از همین لحظه بهترین استفاده را برد. بیشتر مردم زندگی نمیکنند، فقط باهم مسابقه دو گذاشته­اند. می­خواهند به هدفی در افق دور دست برسند ولی در گرماگرم رفتن آنقدر نفس­شان بند می­آید و نفس­نفس می­زنند که چشمشان زیبایی­ها و آرامش سرزمینی را که از آن می­گذرند نمی­بینند و بعد یک وقت چشمشان به خودشان می­افتد و می­بینند پیر و فرسوده هستند و دیگر فرقی برایشان نمی­کند به هدفشان رسیده­اند یا نه....من رمز خوشبختی واقعی را چشیده­ام، باید حال را دریابی، نه اینکه همیشه افسوس گذشته را بخوری و فکر آینده باشی. باید قدر لحظاتی را که در اختیار داری بدانی. مثل کشاورزی: آدم، هم می­تواند در یک زمین پهناور بذر بپاشد، همین می­تواند کشاورزی خود را به یک قطعه کوچک محدود کند. من هم می­خواهم کشت و کارم را به یک قطعهء کوچک محدود کنم. می­خواهم از لحظه لحظهء عمرم لذت ببرم و بدانم که دارم لذت می­برم... اگر روزی شوهر و دوازده فرزندم را از دست بدهم، صبح روز بعد با لبخند بیدار می­شوم و دنبال شوهر دیگری می­گردم.... تاکنون اینهمه بدبیاری داشته­اید؟ قبول کنید ناراحتی­های بزرگ نیست که لازم است آدم در مقابل آنها شکیبایی کند، بلکه دردسرهای کوچک و پیش پا افتاده است که آدم را از پا درمی­آورد. و باید آدم با لبخند آنها را تحمل کند و جدا روحیه لازم دارد. من دارم تلاش می­کنم که این روحیه را در خودم بوجود بیاورم. دارم به خودم می­قبولانم که زندگی یک صحنه بازی است. من هم باید بازیگر ماهری باشم. چه برنده چه بازنده، باید شانه­ها را از روی بی­قیدی بالا بیندازم و بخندم. حالا می­خواهد جولیا جوراب ابریشمی بپوشد و یا هزارپا از سقف تالاپ بیفتد. مطمئن باشید که دیگر من از چیزی شکایتی نخواهم کرد....از نامه­های «بابا لنگ­دراز» به «جودی ابوت»: جودی! کاملا با تو موافق هستم که عده­ای از مردم هرگز زندگی نمی­کنند و زندگی را یک مسابقه دو می­دانند و میخواهند هرچه زودتر به هدفی که در افق دوردست است دست یابند، و متوجه نمی­شوند که آن قدر خسته شده­اند که شاید نتوانند به مقصد برسند، و اگرهم برسند ناگهان خود را در پایان خط می­بینند. در حالی که نه به مسیر توجه داشته­اند و نه لذتی از آن برده­اند. دیر یا زود آدم پیر و خسته می­شود، در حالی که از اطراف خود غافل بوده است. آن وقت دیگر رسیدن به آرزوها و اهداف هم برایش بی­تفاوت می­شود، و فقط او می­ماند و یک خستگی بی­لذت و فرصت و زمانی که از دست رفته و به دست نخواهد آمد. ... جودی عزیزم! درست است، ما به اندازه خاطرات خوشی که از دیگران داریم آن­ها را دوست داریم و به آنها وابسته می­شویم. هرچه خاطرات خوش­مان از شخصی بیشتر باشد، علاقه و وابستگی ما نیز بیشتر می­شود. پس هر کسی را بیشتر دوست داریم، و می­خواهیم که بیشتر دوستمان بدارد، باید برایش خاطرات خوش زیادی بسازیم تا بتوانیم در دلش ثبت شویم. دوستدارتو: بابالنگ دراز

Tandie

I loved, no, LOVED this book. (I don't know how to do that thing where you put a line through the word.) The last time I felt this way, like I'd found a hidden treasure, was with Keteura & Lord Death! No, they're not even remotely alike. We meet Jerusha Abbott on a Blue Wednesday at the John Grier Home. The first Wednesday of each month is spent cleaning & scrubbing the home and the 98 little orphans to perfection for the dreaded visit of the Trustees. At 17, the bulk of the work falls to Jerusha, who's spent her entire life there. Her time is up & her future had been discussed by the trustees & the matron, Mrs. Lippett. She's given a rare scholarship by an anonymous trustee, known only as John Smith, because she's displayed remarkable writing talent.Off to college! An extraordinary world opens itself up for Jerusha's discovery. She re-christens herself Judy. Usually, when a heroine renames herself, it's like a bad omen - signaling that she's going to lose her identity while attempting to reinvent herself. Not here. Her last name was chosen out of a telephone book by Mrs. Lippett and her first name from a tombstone! She quickly discovers that her education has been inadequate. She's laughed at because she thought Michealangelo was an archangel. Clever Judy is a quick learner and starts looking up everything she hears mentioned that she's never heard about. She's never read Mother Goose or David Copperfield, Cinderella, Jane Eyre, or Alice in Wonderland. She didn't know that Henry the 8th was married more than once, the theory of evolution, or that George Eliot was a lady! She'd never seen a picture of the Mona Lisa and (gasp) had never heard of Sherlock Holmes.The story is told through her letters to the Trustee putting her through college. (Now don't balk at the 'story told through letters' thing! It's normally not my thing either, but trust me on this!) The only stipulation for the scholarship was that she write monthly letters to her mysterious benefactor. She caught a glimpse of him from behind as he was leaving the orphanage and could only discern that he was very tall. She calls him Daddy-Long-Legs (DLL) in her letters and even peppers them with cute little illustrations - which were drawn by the author herself. When Judy was offered the scholarship, she was told that DLL would never write back & anything he needed communicated to her would be through his secretary. Mrs. Lippett (who sounds like a bit of a Trunchbull) had told her that he hates girls & would most likely just toss her unread letters into the bin. This never deters her from asking questions & trying to coax info out of him. Are you old-old or just a little old? Are you bald? I must know if you're bald, a little bald, or if you have grey hair. Judy pours her heart & wit into these letters. She tells him that her girlfriends talked about their grandmothers that night and she's always wanted one - so she pretends that he's her gran & writes that way. Her friends know that her parents are dead & her guardian is putting her through college, but not that she's a foundling. The story unfolds over her 4 years of college, which seems like it would drag for an eternity but doesn't. Dear Judy puts so much humor & snark into her letters, I grinned and laughed through the whole book. She pours her heart into them too. "P.S. Maybe it isn't proper to send love? If it isn't, please excuse. But I must love somebody and there's only you and Mrs. Lippett to choose between, so you see - you'll have to put up with it Daddy dear, because I can't love her."There's a very small romantic element. Maybe DLL is like Keteura and Lord Death in the way that you fall in love with the heroine, not really the man. You want love & happiness for HER. Please, please, you MUST read this. It will make you all warm & fuzzy inside and thoroughly entertain! Highly recommended!UPDATE: I decided to take away 1 star because the romantic part of the book, however small, was really creepy. It could have been done so differently & worked. No matter which way you slice it, it smacks of ick & Mr. Rochester.*I own a 1912 edition of this book and realized how hard I am on my books! I had to be very careful with the pages & binding even though it's in excellent condition. I'm purchasing another copy for rereading & loaning to my daughter.

Tina

Original post at One More PageIn my quest to find more classics to read and catch up with my classics reading challenge, I stumbled upon Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster in Goodreads. I remember seeing a review of this somewhere there, too, and seeing it had a lot of favorable reviews, I decided to download it for free from the Kindle store.The reviews have told me enough to know that a cartoon was based on this book. It's vaguely familiar, but I really cannot remember much of it, save for the main character, Judy, who reminds me of Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables:I think this started airing when I was already in school so I hardly had the time to watch it, which also probably explains that why my memory of this cartoon is choppy at best.Anyway, I decided to read this short book last week, because I needed something light to make my brain recover from all the crazy writing madness in NaNoWriMo. Daddy-Long-Legs is the story of Jerusha Abbott, later known as Judy, the oldest orphan in John Grier Home who was sent to college by an anonymous Trustee. The only condition that she needs to fulfill as "payment" for the education was for her to write letters about her studies to a certain Mr. John Smith. She calls this mysterious benefactor "Daddy Long Legs" because the only thing she knew about him was he was a tall person based on his shadow:What follows is Judy's letters to Daddy Long Legs for the next four years of college, telling him of her lessons, her dorm room, her friends joyful Sally and snobbish Julie, her college adventures, her summers spent at Lock Willow farm and even some kind of romance. In the midst of all these, Judy gets frustrated with the mysteriousness and the distance that Daddy Long Legs has put between them, and she yearns to know more about this man who had noticed her and helped her out of the kindness of his heart.So all reviews I read about this book are right: Daddy-Long-Legs is such a refreshing read. This thin volume is brimming with charm and honesty that I can only remember from, yes, Anne of Green Gables. Judy is such a charming narrator and her stories are so easy to relate to. Her letters are filled with wit and interesting stuff that I wondered why Daddy Long Legs lasted that long not replying to her. Case in point:Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,You never answered my question and it was very important.ARE YOU BALD? I think I liked Judy a lot because she reminded me so much of myself. She was never too nice, nor was she especially mean. She recognizes that she can be mean at times, especially when she gets frustrated or annoyed by other people or with herself. Most of her letters were introspective at most, and they're really the things that friends share with each other over long talks. Here are some memorable passages:I think that the most necessary quality for any person to have is imagination. It makes people able to put themselves in other people's places. It makes them kind and sympathetic and understanding. It ought to be cultivated in children. But the John Grier Home instantly stamped out the slightest flicker that appeared. Duty was the one quality that was encouraged. I don’t think children ought to know the meaning of the word; it’s odious, detestable. They ought to do everything from love.She seemed to be channeling Anne Shirley there, don't you think?It isn't the great big pleasures that count the most; it's making a great deal out of the little ones -- I've discovered the true secret of happiness, Daddy, and that is to live in the now. not to be for ever regretting the past, or anticipating the future; but to get the most that you can out of this very instant.I especially loved it when she waxed poetic about books and writing -- it was almost like I'm a girl after her own heart. :)I look forward all day to evening, and then I put an 'engaged' on the door and get into my nice red bath robe and furry slippers and pile all cushions behind me on the couch, and light the brass student lamp at my elbow and read and read and read one book isn't enough.There is even a little bit of romance in the book that was cute. And of course, Judy excels in writing about them, too:...and I miss him, and miss him, and miss him. The whole world seems empty and aching. I hate the moonlight because it's beautiful and he isn't here to see it with me.Unfortunately, I wasn't really surprised when the mysterious Daddy Long Legs was finally revealed, and that is probably because of all the reviews I've read. Don't worry, if you've read this far in my review, I've taken care not to spoil anything (at least, I don't think I've written anything obvious :P). The revelation was cute since it was still written in Judy's point of view, and I think it ties up the book quite nicely.So if the all the random babble I wrote above hasn't convinced you enough, let me say it again: Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster is a cute and charming book. I'm very glad I chose this book to read during my post-NaNo recovery time. :)

Christy

I highly recommend that men DON'T read this, and I highly recommend that women - particularly girls who enjoy Little Women, Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, etc. (basically old-fashioned chick flick books with substance) - DO read this. It's sweet and funny and different, not hard to get through in a day or two, and leaves you with a good feeling.

Hallie

Can't help it - the romance is creepy, but I love Judy so much, and her delight in being in college and having nice things and friends and books - so wonderful. It's been a favourite of mine forever, and one I enjoyed reading to the girls too.

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