Daddy Long Legs

ISBN: 1417933267
ISBN 13: 9781417933266
By: Jean Webster

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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.

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e.c.h.a

Sepanjang jalan Pondok Kopi Raya18 JanuariDear Goodreads,Awalnya begini, kenapa baca buku ini. “Cha, sudah pernah baca Daddy Long-Legs nya Jean Webster belum? Gila nggak nyangka gue ada ya orang menulis dengan gaya seperti ini. Suka gue”“Heh, Daddy Long Legs? Belum baca tuh gue. Penulisan gimana maksudnya?”“Iya..Jean Webster menulis dengan metode seperti menulis surat”Dan pembicaraan gue terus berlangsung membahas buku ini, yang akhirnya berujung dengan kata-kata “Lo nggak penasaran dengan buku yang sudah bisa bikin gue meluangkan waktu untuk membaca , Cha?”Okay…dengan melirik tumpukan buku yang menumpuk serta bacaan yang masih setengah jalan akhirnya gue bilang “Ok, gue baca tapi beliin ya hehehe” dan dengan mulus di jawab “OK, gue beliin buat lo, tapi lo yang nyari bukunya ya. Gue pan baca ebooknya ;p” Dan..gue hanya melongo membaca smsnya.Salam penuh kehangatan,Echa****Kelapa Gading5 AprilDear Goodreads ku tersayang,Akhirnya Daddy Long Legs mendarat mulus di tangan setelah sekian lama. Langsung pamer dan dengan bangga bilang “bukunya ada ilustrasinya lho”. Dan hanya dibalas dengan “Pamer nih ceritanya, di ebooknya nggak ada” Dan autisnya mulai dech tuh orang. Rrrrr!!!!!Sori …jadi marah-marah gini. BT soalnya, biar nggak BT langsung menuju La Piazza makan es krim padahal masih nggak enak badan. Rese memang tuh orang, huh!!!Jaga diri baik-baik, Pembaca Budiman.Echa****Pondok Kelapa7 AprilMalam Goodreads!Gue nulisnya dalam keremangan malam nih, masih pusing-pusing jadi harus bergelap-gelapan. Mau sms yang ngasih ah. Ketik ketik sms. Cancel, nggak jadi sms. Lupa kalau lagi autis orangnya. Nyampulin bukunya aja dulu dech GR (maaf nih jadi gue singkat, biar irit. Lha ini apa hahaha, malah nggak ngirit. Anggap panggilan sayang aja ya), baca DDLnya nanti setelah kelar His Dark Material #3 ya. Iseng baca halaman pertamanya . Oh..ini toh alasan kenapa Daddy Long-Legs. Dan tanpa sadar gue terus membalik-balik halaman buku ini, membaca kisah hidup Jerusha Abbot. Seorang gadis yatim piatu yang tinggal di Panti Asuhan John Grier. Seru, melihat tingkah polah Judy Abbot . Di usianya yang sudah tidak pantas untuk tetap tinggal di Panti Asuhan John Grier, Judy Abbot mendapat kesempatan untuk melanjutkan kuliahnya dengan biaya dari seorang misterius yang biasa di panggil Daddy Long-Legs oleh Judy. Siapa sebenarnya Daddy Long-Legs itu? Dan apakah Judy bisa menjadi seorang penulis seperti yang diharapkan Daddy Long-Legs?Gue sambung besok lagi ya GR, sudah ngantuk nih.Nite, have a wonderful dreamEcha****Rawamangun9 AprilGoodreads ku tersayang,Kelar……….. Happy ending pasti, tapi tidak menyangka siapa sebenarnya Daddy Long-Legs itu. Hanya bisa tertawa nggak jelas setelah tahu siapa Daddy Long-Legs sebenarnya. Akhirnya Judy Abbot bisa mendapatkan kebahagiannya.Walau penulisnya hanya menggunakan surat-surat yang di tulis Judy Abbot kepada Daddy Long-Legs plus komunikasi yang hanya satu arah tetapi penulisnya bisa membuat gue sebagai pembacanya merasakan kehidupan serta perasaan seorang Judy Abbot. Masa kecil yang tidak bahagia, kesepian, merasa tidak dianggap. Perlahan Judy Abbot bisa menemukan jati dirinya, bisa menjadi dewasa dan akhirnya menemukan kebahagiannya. Belum lagi ditambah ilustrasi yang selalu membuat gw tertawa kecil. Pada akhirnya gue bukan penasaran terhadap sosok Daddy Long-Legs tetapi malah lebih penasaran dengan sosok Jerusha Abbot aka Judy Abbot sendiri.Nice book…gue harus bilang terima kasih banyak buat orang autis yang rekomen buku ini. Dan, tahu kenapa suka banget sama buku ini hehehe Oia GR satu lagi, bukunya ada halaman yang diulang nih, dapet yang salah cetak nih gue. Untungnya bukan hilang halaman, kalau nggak pan gue pasti BT banget hahahahaSalam sayang selalu,Echa****

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.

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.

Aerin

(Not so much a review as a comment) I'm not sure how I had never read this book before. It's absolutely darling - Nancy Drew, Trixie Belden, Louisa May Alcott and L.M. Montgomery all rolled into one.

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.

Tadiana

I'm trying some freebies of a different sort. This one was written in 1912, so it's free on Gutenberg.org (and, presumably, elsewhere online). Basically it's "Anne Shirley goes to a girls' college." It's a delightful, quick read--less than 100 "pages" on my Kindle.Jerusha is a 17 year old who lives and works in an orphanage, where she's grown up. She is unexpectedly given the chance to go to college when one of the orphanage trustees reads a humorous piece 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 book 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 is a likeable main character with a sense of humor and an independent streak. In many ways the book is dated, but at the same time there are some unexpected progressive views. Judy also makes some positive comments about socialism and a few snarky comments about religion that really make me wonder about the author's personal views! But in general this is a gentle, humorous coming-of-age story with just a bit of romance.I'd recommend Daddy-Long-Legs to those who enjoyed Anne of Green Gables and who like light historical fiction.

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

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

Afsane

كتابي كه در دوره طفوليت من بهترين همدم من بود. اين كتاب بهترين هديه اي است كه در طول عمرم دريافت كردم. نيماي عزيزم روحت شاد.

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. :)

Adi (Reading in the Windowseat)

Beautiful, hilarious and endearing! A timeless classic that has the easy going page-turner plot of a modern relaxing read alongside the emotional and philosophical depth of the most renowned jewels of literature.A read for both young and old, that will induce you with new awareness for the beauty of life and those little, everyday happy moments, while laughing at all the oddities of people and their tempers.

Rashika (is tired)

If anyone ever asked me to recommend a classic, this is what I would recommend. I love what I've read by Jane Austen but this, THIS is truly a timeless story. Almost a century later after it was first published I find myself relating to this young girl. Her story comes to life for me through her letters to Daddy Long Legs.Sitting here, writing this, I can most definitely say that this book lived up to everything I had hoped it would.I didn't actually know this book existed until quite recently and as soon as I read the summary, I KNEW this book was something I would love. When I got my hands on a copy 2 months ago, I decided to read it at a rather slow pace. I read around a letter a day and sometimes I'd skip days too until today, when I decided I really did want to finish this and finish it I did. I have no idea how to put how I feel about this book in words because truly, I am mesmerized by her story. I feel so elated and happy that I all I want to do is sing and dance and imagine how everything will work out afterwards, how their story will carry on. Judy is just such a wonderful character, she is funny, strong and so full of life and her story is wonderful. I am obviously going to fail at writing something coherent so I am just going to go back and re-read certain things ;)If you haven't read this, please, go read it.

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.

Endah

Daddy long legs dalam bahasa Inggris adalah sebutan untuk laba-laba berkaki panjang. Namun, oleh Jerusha Abbott, kata tersebut ia pakai untuk menjuluki seorang pria budiman yang telah menyantuninya bersekolah di perguruan tinggi. Pria baik hati itu hanya mensyaratkan Judy (nama kecil Jerusha) menulis laporan kemajuan studinya dalam bentuk surat setiap bulan. Sebuah syarat yang sangat mudah, apalagi bagi seorang gadis yang memang senang menulis seperti Judy. Maka, gadis yatim piatu itu pun meninggalkan Panti Asuhan John Grier setelah selama delapan belas tahun menjadi penghuni di dalamnya.Kisah yang sesungguhnya pun dimulai, dari awal hingga akhir semua tersaji dalam bentuk surat Judy kepada Daddy Long Legs. Dengan gaya tulisan yang menyenangkan, Judy bercerita tentang berbagai hal yang dialaminya selama menjadi mahasiswa: pelajaran-pelajarannya, teman-teman, liburan, buku-buku, cowok-cowok, dan apa saja yang dipikirkannya. Ia menulis seolah-olah bercakap-cakap langsung dengan si pembaca suratnya. Ia menulis kejadian hari demi hari sehingga kau akan merasa seakan-akan tengah membaca sebuah buku harian seorang gadis yang periang, cerdas, dan penuh harga diri. Ceritanya cewek banget deh.Meski tidak pernah berjumpa dengan Daddy Long Legs yang misterius itu, namun dalam hati Judy telah tumbuh benih-benih kasih sayang kepada lelaki yang–sesuai persyaratan–tidak pernah membalas surat-suratnya itu. Malah, diam-diam Judy telah menganggap sang tuan budiman yang minta dipanggil dengan nama Mr. John Smith ini sebagai ayah yang tidak pernah dimilikinya. Perasaan tersebut lama kelamaan menerbitkan harapan pada diri Judy suatu saat akan bisa berjumpa langsung dengan penolongnya tersebut. Novel klasik karya Jean Webster ini terbit pertama kali di Amerika pada 1912. Ketika itu, tentu saja, surat masih menjadi pilihan utama sebagai alat komunikasi yang efisien setelah telepon, terutama jika kita harus menyampaikan sebuah laporan yang panjang pada seseorang yang berada jauh dari kita. Dan sekalipun novel ini berbentuk surat-surat, tetap menyenangkan membacanya. Segar, jenaka, dan kadang-kadang menyentuh hati. Jika kau pernah membaca Anne of Green Gables (Lucy M Montgomery), kau akan menemukan spirit yang sama di dalamnya. Kau akan berjumpa dengan seorang gadis dengan karakter mirip Anne: cantik, cerdas, humoris, suka berkhayal, dan tidak pernah mengeluhkan nasib malangnya sebagai seorang anak yatim piatu. Sejak kemunculannya, Daddy Long Legs terus memperoleh sambutan hangat dari khalayak pembaca, bahkan kemudian diangkat menjadi sandiwara panggung serta film layar lebar. Salah satunya yang cukup terkenal dibuat tahun 1955 dengan bintang Fred Astaire. Buku yang menarik ini layak dan aman dibaca oleh seluruh golongan umur. Dua tahun berikutnya, terbit buku lanjutannya: Dear Enemy. ***

Lina

Daddy Longs Legs, salah satu kisah klasik terkenal sepanjang masa, memang bukan salah satu novel yang masuk bacaan terbaik sepanjang masa. Tapi buku ini salah satu buku dengan karakter utama yang berjiwa feminis yang ditulis pada era dimana pria masih mendominasi tatanan kehidupan dan norma-norma sosial pada masa sebelum pecah perang dunia 1. Sebagian besar pasti sudah tau inti utama plot cerita ini, yaitu tentang seorang gadis yatim piatu bernama Jerusha(Judy) Abbott yang selama 17 tahun kehidupannya dihabiskan di panti asuhan dan tidak ada yang mau mengadopsinya. Hingga saat dimana usianya sudah tidak memungkinkan lagi untuk tinggal di panti asuhan, datanglah seorang wali yang baik hati yang bersedia membiayai Judy agar biasa kuliah ke perguruan tinggi dan sebagai gantinya, wali ini meminta Judy mengirimnya surat-surat mengenai dirinya saat masuk kuliah nanti. Maka dimulailah kisah Judy dan peristiwa-peristiwa menyenangkan yang dialaminya semasa kuliah, dalam bentuk tulisan-tulisan suratnya kepada walinya yang dipanggil Judy "Daddy Long Legs" termasuk perasaan mindernya terhadap teman-temannya akan masa lalunya yang dari panti asuhan. Hingga diakhir buku ketika identitas sesungguhnya "Daddy Long Legs" akan dibuka. Plot dalam novel Daddy Long Legs ini banyak dipakai formulanya di manga-manga Jepang, salah satunya Candy-Candy dan Topeng Kaca. Yang saya suka dari bacaan klasik adalah mereka punya banyak sekali Quote-quote bagus, seperti misalnya :"It isn't the big troubles in life that require character. Anybody can rise to a crisis and face a crushing tragedy with courage, but to meet the petty hazards of the day with a laugh - I really think that requires spirit.It's the kind of character that I am going to develop. I am going to pretend that all life is just a game which I must play as skillfully and fairly as I can. If I lose, I am going to shrug my shoulders and laugh - also if I win."atau"I'm going to enjoy every second, and I'm going to know I'm enjoying it while I'm enjoying it. Most people don't live; they just race. They are trying to reach some goal far away on the horizon, and in the heat of the going they get so breathless and panting that they lose sight of the beautiful, tranquil country they are passing through; and then the first thing they know, they are old and worn out, and it doesn't make any difference whether they've reached the goal or not."atau ini"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'm going to enjoy every second, and I'm going to know I'm enjoying it while I'm enjoying it. "Terkadang saya merasa pepatah-pepatah itu sangat mencerminkan keadaan kita pada umumnya, kita bekerja sangat keras demi mencari uang, demi mencapai impian-impian kita, kita juga kadang sering menyalahkan masa lalu kita atau terlalu mengkhawatirkan masa depan kita sampai kita lupa bahwa kita hanya hidup sekali saja didunia ini tanpa pernah menikmatinya.

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