Saturday, November 26, 2005

A Note from the North

Was on the phone with Apple support today, getting some help for my beloved Miss Pod. The tech I was talking to was a nice mother-of-two in Prince Edward Island, born and raised there herself. I was very surprised, scandalized, almost, that she had never read Anne of Green Gables. She did say that she had twice seen the play adapted from the book, which is presented on the island (Island?) every summer, and had taken visiting friends and relatives to the Anne tourist sites. I figured it would be like their Hatchet or The Giver, read by every fourth or fifth grader until entire generations were heartily sick of Anne and her puffed sleeves, but no.

I guess I should have known. The only time I've ever intentionally walked the Freedom Trail was when I first moved back to Boston, and got lost in between the subway and the office, then located on Beacon Hill. The red stripe led right to the door . . . .

4 comments:

Elizabeth said...

I think everybody has one of those books that everyone thinks they will love but they can't bring themselves to read. (By the way, growing up in the Boston area like you, Roger, we all had Johnny Tremain read aloud to us in 4th grade.) My friend Rebecca, whose family is of Indian descent, can't make it through the Raj quartet, or even watch The Jewel in the Crown. Regina Hayes and I used to try to convince her daughter Joceleyn to read Flambards, but she wouldn't touch them. ("Aren't they about HORSES, Mom?")

I could never read The Children of Green Knowe books even though I read every fantasy I could get my hand on as a kid...and I hate to confess this one, but I never got far in The String on the Harp, though everyone raved about it and I love Welsh fantasy. The story felt kind of slow and I couldn't tell if stuff was really happening or not.

There, I've said it. Hope I don't get drummed out of the biz. And Nancy Bond, if you're out there, I've read The Voyage Begun three times--I worship that book.

Roger Sutton said...

Is here the place to repeat the infamous rumor that THE VOYAGE BEGUN was handicapped in the Newbery sweepstakes because its size and shape (Atheneum/McElderry used an unusual trim size in those days) made it "difficult for a child to read in bed"?

Elizabeth said...

Wow, I would love a thread on those Newbery rumors. People could post anonymously things they actually knew from being on the committee! We could post anonymously about books we were outraged about, too. Anyway, Roger, String in the Harp has the same trim size as Voyage Begun and is a Newbery Honor, but I suppose since the committee has different members each year, anything is possible.

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