Daddy-Long-Legs

Thanks to Veens, I came to know of this lovely book called Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster. I finished it over the weekend, unable to put it down once I started it. It is a small but delightful read, no doubts about that!!

Daddy-Long-Legs comprises of letters by an extremely imaginative little girl named Jerusha Abbott. She has been brought up in an orphanage and is thrilled when one of the trustees offers to fund her education, provided she studies to become a writer. The only two conditions he places before Jerusha are – 1) He would always remain anonymous, and she was to refer to him as Mr. Smith. 2) She would write letters to him regularly, outlining her progress in her education. Jerusha agrees, quite excitedly. She catches a glimpse of her anonymous benefactor and observes that he has a long, lean frame, and bestows on him the name of Daddy-Long-Legs.

Her letters to Daddy-Long-Legs are anything but dull. She not only tells him how her studies are progressing, but shares everything with him, considering him as the only family she has got. She shares her childish fantasies with him, her frustration at not being able to meet him, as well as the ‘exciting’ developments in her life. She chides him in one letter, and instantly apologises in the next! I was somehow reminded of Anne Shirley while reading Daddy-Long-Legs. There are quite a few similarities. I’m sure you’ll fall in love with Jerusha in no time!

It is a very cute and beautifully told story, made all the more pretty by the letter format. It is difficult to believe that the book was published as long back as 1912 !

All in all, I loved the book!! It is a must-read for all those who love a cutesy story that will make you feel good and put a smile on your face, and for those who are looking for a quick, cosy read.

My rating: 4.5 stars

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7 responses to “Daddy-Long-Legs

  1. Hi Priya,

    First time here, came across your link in Sathej’s blog. You have a nice blog here and I love books as well πŸ™‚ Daddy long legs has been a favourite of mine since I was a child and since I have just started a book blog along with my original one, I have been intending to write about it myself πŸ™‚ You have a nice space…shall come back πŸ™‚

  2. I love this book. I re read it recently. You must read it’s Sequel Dear Enemy. It’s an equally good book. Books in epistolary format have a great feel to them ..

  3. Just posted the review today !i loved the book too !

  4. I am totally proud of myself!!! LOL!

    i am so glad, you also loved it! Some classics are just great!

  5. priyaiyer

    @vaishnavi

    welcome here, and thanks for the wonderful comment.. do come again!! πŸ™‚
    i don’t know how i missed this book when i was a kid… i never heard of this book, till i knew of it from veens’ blog… and once i picked it up, i couldn’t put it down… πŸ™‚
    will check out your space soon…

    @shweta

    i agree… books in the epistolary format have a certain special charm to them.. πŸ™‚
    i loved daddy long legs, and i can’t wait to get my hands on the sequel – dear enemy πŸ™‚

  6. priyaiyer

    @bedazzled

    glad to know you liked the book too… i wonder how i NEVER heard of this book so far 😦

    @veens

    LOL.. i HAVE to thank you for suggesting this one.. it’s such a pretty book, that i would have missed otherwise.. this is why i love blogging too πŸ™‚
    ** note to self: REALLY get down to reading more classics **

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