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