Ely solves her own problem with her intelligence and ingenuity bringing a satisfying and cathartic closing to this classic children s book Oh but wait just a minute hereit s not really a children s book is it Indeed White uotes people dismissively saying of GULLIVER S TRAVELS Oh that s a children s book isn t it If you are a true Nerdy Book Club member as I suspect you are or you wouldn t ven be reading this I Big Little Man encourage you and any of your young reader friends to open up this magical and rewarding middle grade novel to benthralled by Maria s adventure as I was once again after so many years And who knows you yourself may The Man from Beijing even discover a tiny baby nestled in a walnut shell lying in the grass There are spoilers ahead so beware25 STARSWhen I m started this book I thought it had such promise The first sentences drew me right in and filled me with the giddyxcitement of a bibliophile who thinks they ve found a literary treasure Maria was ten years old She had dark hair in two pigtails and brown Creating Lasting Value eyes the color of marmite but shiny She wore spectacles for the time being though sine would not have to wear them always and her nature was a loving one She was one of those tough and friendly people who do things first and think about them afterward Unfortunately she was an orphan which made her difficulties complicated than they were with other people She lived in annormous house in the wilds of Northamptonshire which was about four times larger than the Buckingham Palace but was falling down The illustrations are GORGEOUS Unfortunately my interest began to wane right around page 50 or so when the Schoolmaster began describing the People s history of how they came to Mistress Masham s Repose at Malplauet The chapter following the People s history lesson begins Maria could not help feeling relieved when the History was over Her head was buzzing with capital letters and she secretly thought that it as fun to ask uestions instead of listening to lectures The story steadily grows ridiculous and hard to follow as time goes on There were a lot of references to England s history that I just didn t understand since I m from the United States Maybe I would have Understanding Markets and Strategy enjoyed the story better if I had understood the references but I doubt it The Professor was an interesting character His forgetfulness and inability to take things seriously was aggravating Every once in a while he would give Maria good advice but most of the time he was bogged down with figuring out the meaning of an obscure Latin word Tripharium or daydreaming about food I read on Wikipedia JK Rowling loosely based Dumbledore off the Professor s character I m glad she did a much better job creating a like able characterAs the story progresses both Maria and the Professor daydream about the People Maria dreams of providing them a safe place to live and all the ways she can make their lives better The Professor dreams up a scheme of capturing a Brobdingnagian which made absolutely no sense to me In retrospect it might have behooved me to read Gulliver s Travels I just have no desire to do so at this time Thending felt a bit rushed and the additional characters of the Lord Lieutenant and PC Dumbledum were utterly ridiculous I felt like the story became almost farcical and left me wondering why I had forced myself to continue reading in the first place I was so xcited about the possibilities of this book and "hate that my xpectations fell flatMy review is brutal so I apologize in advance to all of "that my Immerwelt - Der Pakt expectations fell flatMy review is brutal so I apologize in advance to all of who adore Mistress Masham s Repose Other reviewers do a great job of pointing out the good in this book I just wanted to shed some light on my disappointment and why this book didn t win my praises My thoughtful mother remembering how much I loved The Once and Future King picked this up for me at a used bookstore I just grabbed it randomly off my bookshelf and I don t know how it is yet but it smells heavenly musty old cloth bound paper smell Mmmmmm Maria is a 10 year old orphan who lives on her huge dilapidated ancestralstate with the vicar Mr Hater as her guardian and Miss Brown as her governess These are the villians conspiring to steal Maria s family fortune but mainly making her feel alone unlovedNeglected she xplores and has adventures discovering an ornamental island called Mistress Masham s Repose in the middle of one of the lakes in the grounds The island is occupied by Lilliputians that Maria sees as her secret to protect them but also as her dolls to play with The people fear her knowledge of their home and feel ill treated by her games A sweet charming story that I found in a used bookshop I read it when I was a little girl and it was fun to read again It s about a little girl who stumbles on the people of Lilliput from Gulliver s Travels who have migrated from their home when Gulliver took a few of them to England They re the ones that are only a few inches tall I must say that out of all the characters the Professor is my favorite His reasoning and advice is hysterical I love it It s a really sweet story and I m happy to have my own copy now uotable uotesFor one thing there was the problem of taking steps One step of hers would have covered about twelve steps of his so he would have been forced to run very fast to keep up But she did not like to
suggest the ideathe idea carrying him There was something babyish about being carried and she did not want to humiliate him for she had a certain amount of good taste in spite of being only tenHowever Maria lost grip of herself and she now proceeded on the road to ruin with the speed of a Rake s ProgressHe would ring a bell Maria when she found out about it realized that she had heard the bell often But there are such a lot of noises in the country ueer noises like donkeys braying and so on that we neglectful humans do not properly attend to them A result of this which biologists will understand and if you are not a biologist nobody cares a fig for youIf she had been rich or grown up or any of the other things which seem so desirable until one gets themO. Rating state on a deserted island at its far corner in the temple long ago nicknamed Mistress Masham's Repose live an Picture Theory entire community of people The People as they call themselves all only inches tall With the help of her only friend the absurdlyrudite Professor Maria soon learns that this settlement is no less than the kingdom of. .
I liked this don t get me wrong But it s a flawed story and while I Ancestral Voices enjoyed it I found myself skipping or rolling myyes at chunksIt reads like an And Bid Him Sing elderly professor telling a story to a favoured niecenephew and for all I know it was It doesn t read like something intended for publication it s bitty weirdly paced verypisodic has sporadic digressions into fairly dry subjects and asides and then finishes up with a rush of an action adventure Aristotle Detective (Aristotle ending as though the author suddenly noticed said niecenephew falling asleepThe pace is slow the people mostly cariacatures outside the two protagonists It s a dry sort of book and the disparity between Maria and the Professor s styles as the story switches between their povs is a little disconcerting particularly when neither of them really listens to or understands the other After Gulliver let the story slip a ship s captain returned to Lilliput and kidnapped a chest full of Lilliputians to display in public Theyscaped and two hundred Bones, Clones, and Biomes eyars later are discovered by Maria and orphan whose guardians havevil designs on her But with all that I Bringing the Empire Home enjoyed it and read straight through in one afternoon re re re read 15 05 2020oh this one never disappoints It s on the all time favorite list now that s a pretty impressive feat for a children s novel This one doesn t deserve to be merely for children though I reckon I ll still be re re re re re re reading this when I m 97 It s dazzlingly clever has a bespectacled marmiteyed very faulty heroine is just ridiculous nough to make a deep piece of academia a rollicking read for th bairns I loveth That is all previous review This should be a Classic A Children s Classic perhaps but it certainly wouldn t hurt the Adults It s Brilliant and besides it s full of Lilliputians and High Adventure And because I dislike receiving book recommendations I ll just stick it hereRead itI started this year with an awful case of THE READING SLUMP mostly because I was under a lot of stress The only two books I could find on my shelf with little darkness and a happy nding were The Reluctant Godfather and this un I m feeling much better now and these books are partly to blameWe read to see the world We read to see other worlds Boos break our hearts and books heal our heartbreak But sometimes we just need books with really truly happy Building the Cold War endings What kid after reading GULLIVER S TRAVELS didn t secretly dream of discovering an abandoned forgotten colony of Lilliputians This happy circumstance befalls Maria anngaging ten year old orphan heiress to the vast but now decrepit Canadian Art, Volume 1 (A-F) estate and palace of Malplauet modeled on Churchill s Blenheim Palace somewhere in post World War II England Maria s nasty governess and guardian Miss Brown abetted and often subverted by anually nasty co guardian the Vicar is conspiring to rob Maria of her inheritance When the two blackguards discover Maria s secret colony of small minikins they set a plot in motion to kidnap them sell them for profit and if Maria interferes do away with her in an insidious fashion The volution of Maria s involvement with the Lilliputians is delightfully rendered by author TH White THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING giving the reader both significant and amusing insights into relationships between parents and children and between the powerful and the powerless White writes She wanted to play with "them like lead soldiersand ven dreamed of being "like lead soldiersand ven dreamed of being ueen White continues But the Lilliputians were not toys They were grown up however short they were and they were civilized White sets up the initial confrontation between Maria and
The Lilliputians In His UintessentialLilliputians in his uintessential whimsical style However Maria lost grip of herself and she now proceeded on the road to ruin with the speed of a Rake s Progress This conflict is resolved following a near tragedy and Maria and the Lilliputians develop a relationship of mutual respect and admiration The plot speeds up xponentially when the Double Jeopardy evil villains Miss Brown and the Vicar discover thexistence of the Lilliputians and decide to use them for their own gain obviously without the assistance of any moral compass whatsoever White uses this plot arc to xpand on his themes of the importance of resourcefulness intelligence loyalty and kindness Upon first picking up this treasured childhood book again after over fifty years I was struck first by what a nerdy kind I must have been to have loved this book so much Compared with today s fast paced middle grade novels sadly MISTRESS MASHAM S RESPOSE drags a bit in the beginning chapters with sentences such as They looked hopeful but wistful when they heard this from her own mouth not knowing Maria well nough as yet to be sure that her word was her bond The missing will of Maria s deceased parents one of the key underpinnings of the major plot of the story isn t Cezanne and Provence even mentioned until page 63 However if readers are hooked as I hope they will be by the uniue concept of tiny Lilliputians needing protection conjoined with Maria s orphaned plight at the mercy of her cruel selfish guardians they will be immensely rewarded by White s boundless creativity and imagination in his wry andmpathetic characterizations descriptions of Malplauet s decayed legance and inside jokes sure to be appreciated by nerdy kids humorists anglophiles classicists and literary nthusiasts White treats his young readers as co conspirators Contested Reproduction empowering them by giving them the inside track in the perennial struggles of the smaller and weaker against the larger and stronger annduring theme in classic children s literature Written in White s tongue in cheek style scenes such as the hysterically funny yet frantic search for Maria by her only friends and cohorts the Divided by Color (American Politics and Political Economy Series) ever faithful Cook and therudite nerdy Professor who ultimately free her from the Malplauet dungeon thanks to the intrepid Lilliputians will keep the pages turning Creating Country Music even almost seventy years after its first publication The proposed murder of Maria by Miss Brown and the Vicar creates tension worthy of today s middle grade writers and Maria ultimat. She saw first a suare opening aboutight inches wide in the lowest stepfinally she saw that there was a walnut shell or half one outside the nearest doorshe went to look at the shell but looked with the greatest astonishment There was a baby in itSo ten year old Maria orphaned mistress of Malplauet discovers the secret of her deterio.
Summary Mistress Masham's ReposeNe of the best ways to deal with tyrants is to tell them the truth and to face them and to let them see how much you hate them plainly so long as you can make them understand that you will hurt them if you can It frightens them awayWell now dear child have you Blacklands ever noticed that when something unusual turns up you are immediately confronted with a moral problem For instance if you were to find yourself in the unusual position of Alice in Wonderland who was able to make herself large or small at will nothing would beasier than to rob the Bank of England You would simply have to go in small say about the size of a pin and come out Evolutionary Patterns extra large through the skylight of somewhere with a few million pounds in your pockets Moral problem shall I become a burglarPersonally I have found that the best way to deal with a dangerous situation is to face it and to make it happen and to go through with it rather than to keep it hanging over one s headThey had notnough imagination to believe in six inch people If you have mentioned Gulliver s Travels to them they would have said Oh that s a children s book isn t itI do feel hungry however much I thinkNow Mrs Noakes if you will kindly look the other way for just one moment I will Evolution As Entropy extract the key from under this pot of geraniums where I keep it for secrecy you seeThe obstacles which we should overlook were tedious to Lilliput Gravel paths seem bouldered beaches which might turn an ankle in their desert strips The long grass was a jungle of tripping roots They moved climbing and jumping clambering and toiling where we should stroll I believe it is a mistake to make a mock of people just because they think There are ninety thousand people in this world who do not think forvery one who does and these people hate the thinkers like poison Even if some thinkers are fanciful it is wrong to make fun them for it Better to think about cucumbers Forging Gay Identities even than not to think at allYou see Maria the world is run by practical people that is to say by people who do not know how to think have never had anyducation in thinking and who do not wish to have it They get on far better with lies tub thumping swindling vote catching murdering and the rest of practical politics So when a person who can think does come along to tell them what they are doing wrong or how to put it right they have to invent some way of slinging mud at him for fear of losing their power and being forced to do the right thingWhat is adamantIt was one of the old words for diamond If you must have a reason for capturing Laputa Maria I think that a diamond five miles long and two hundred yards thick ought to be sufficientLet s see I kept my mouth shut and I don t think my tongue moved and I sort of kept on huffing out a wriggly sueal through the back of my noseSpeed cried the Professor as he pedaled away Expedition A stitch while the iron is hot Never put off till tomorrow with a hap orth of tarThe bare trees were thick with icing The sun was setting in a blaze of scarlet tinting the white Forbidden History expanse with a saffron tinge between the purple shadows Various robins hopped about in the correct manner It was Christmas Day Maria is an orphan the heir to a hugestate but with very little money for the upkeep She is cared for by a governess and the local vicar but sometimes left to her own devices One day she discovers a fabulous secret descendants of kidnapped Lilliputians are living on an island in a lake on the state Maria s interactions with these diminutive people form the bulk of the story She makes mistakes but later redeems them And when Maria herself is in danger the Lilliputians come to her "Rescue Excellent Characterization With Wonderful " Excellent characterization with wonderful in cheek humor Recommended On a tiny man made island in the middle of a lake live the descendents of kidnapped Lilliputians On the shore of the lake stands an ancient manor now falling into ruin In the manor live a lonely girl and her vil governessThose are the fun parts Since this is TH White there is also much implicit social and political criticism psychological observation and tongue in cheek humor Most of that was over my head when I first read this as were many of the British cultural allusions I suspect the same is true for most modern American children Even as an adult with a degree in history I had
to look uplook up references Alice Kyteler the misfortunes of Caroline Matilda Esteem Enlivened by Desire et al but I appreciated the humor much Maria is a 10 yr old orphan living in a dilapidated mansion several times the size of Buckingham palace Maria has guardians who are plotting to steal her inheritance when these unscrupulous people discover Maria has small Lilliputian friends they vow to stop at nothing to capture some of her friends to sell to the circusWe reallynjoyed the descriptions of life xperienced from a six inch tall persons perspective There were lots of interesting philosophical thoughts moral dilemmas of power friendship punishment and the definition of right and wrong There were some parts that dealt with hunting and killing some parts that made uncomfortable reading but obviously wildlife poses daily threat to the small people so perhaps talk of destroying young of wildlife has to be considered from the view of a six inch person There was some very funny parts in the story Maria realising she was being followed leads her guardians on a wild goose chase this part was written with great wit Even "HILARIOUS WAS THE REPETITION OF THE "was the repetition of the s horse themed gadgets as ach one was introduced it became and funny Although the Lieutenant is obsessed with the hunt he does uestion changing ideas of what is cruel to animals and values his horses and hounds above anyone We thought the part where a dog is speaking in his head about his love for his owner was beautifully observed and touching The same dog is involved in a lovely scene where he finds an unwilling surrogate puppyAlthough in places the writing did seem to be heavy going specially as a read aloud it had alot going for it Lots to think about and a great action packed story. Lilliput first seen in Gulliver's Travels in xile Safely hidden for centuries the Lilliputians are at first They Shall Be One Flesh endangered by Maria's well meaning but clumsy attempts to make their livesasier but their situation grows truly ominous when they are discovered by Maria's greedy guardians who look at The People and see only a bundle of mone. ,