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May 04, Kelsey Bryant rated it it was amazing Shelves: Feels a bit of its time somehow.

Don’t ask questions, don’t go exploring, wait for the men to explain things to you and tell you where to go. Sep 24, Meg rated it it was amazing. Ever since I have wanted a round tower bedroom.

But I love it. The mysterious little white horse of Maria’s imaginings, is as ethereal as the rest of the cast, and the feudal, manorial air, the fabulous repasts prepared by mysterious servants and animals, whute become rather liittle. Each time you enter a room or meet a character or enjoy a meal it is explained in full; down to the colour of the napkins or litle pattern of the curtains. I liked the cleverness of the wording, the author shows a facility with language that is a true delight, with puns and inverted jokes tucked here and there without ever drawing attention to themselves, the narrative simply ripples right over them like a river over rocks, unless you take goudgee moment to stop and laugh at them.

Some may find the Christian themes of the book rather strong, or old fashioned, but they come at one less aggressively on rereading and are mostly inoffensive and gentle. She’s brave and level-headed with a strong sense of justice and duty, but there isn’t enough going on in her mind to really bring me to a deep connection with her.

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My job will be hrse. But there is something incredibly sad beneath all of this beauty and comfort—a tragedy that happened years ago, shadowing Moonacre Manor and the town around it—and Maria is determined to learn about it, change it, and give her own life story a happy ending. It has a fairy tale feel to it-the whole kingdom seems to be vibrant, blooming with life, and creates a relaxing imagery that makes you want to settle there. I remember a friend in first year recommendng it to me over and over again, so I had quite high hopes, but I don’t think it’s really that special.

Children’s literature portal Fantasy elizabdth. Oct 13, Dee rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Want to Read saving…. I am surprised this book isn’t more popular – I found it every bit as enchanting as The Secret Garden.

They all with the exception of the dog become more likable throughout the book, but I never really came to love any of them.

I think that just after the war Elizabeth Goudge wanted to say — wanted to believe — that the world could be a better and happier place, that everything could be alright hors. Set inthirteen year old Maria Merryweather travels with her governess, Miss Heliotrope, and her self-absorbed Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Wiggins, by carriage to live with her uncle after the death of her father.

But what can one solitary girl do?

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She is definitely presented as more culpable than her husband, who was only really blamed for taking away property from monks. Jun 08, Annie rated it it was amazing Shelves: Instead of one silver horse, barely glimpsed in a woodland clearing, the film created a flood tide of white horses worthy of a Guinness ad.


After one final glimpse, Maria will never see the little white horse again. Maria Merryweather, who recently became an orphan, is sent to live with her cousin Sir Benjamen with her governess and stubborn dog. They manage this with the help of several unusually intelligent animals, including a very large dog, a lazy Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, an elderly pony, a majestic cat and a wise hare.

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My impressions were correct in that I think it would appeal to young teenage girls, mostly due Continuing my December policy of reading books that have been on my TBR shelves forever, I picked up “The Little White Horse” by Elizabeth Goudge. Is this actually about a white elizabeyh or is it another falsely advertised book with a horse on it?

Rowling has stated that this book was her favorite as a child, and it’s easy to see why. But her optimism leads to her discovering magic amidst misery and her affectionate nature leads her to be doing something which is greater than her.

However, as so often with adaptations of children’s classics, it precisely missed the quality of the original. Sep 12, Samantha rated it liked it Shelves: Oct 07, Akemi G. Everyone in the town accepts Maria instantly as being the Chosen One who will mend ways with the bad people.

One did not hurry in the country.