Daddy-Long-Legs by Jean Webster
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
Daddy-Long-Legs - indeed a queer name for a book. Out of thousands of books in the world, there are so many names: intricate, estimable, ambiguous, enigmatic, distinguishable, and some - eccentric. However, never judge a book by its cover, and obviously the cover will have the title. So giving it a try was one of the most significant necessities. And I don't regret doing so either.
This book is the story of Jerusha Abbott, Judy in the book. Judy is an orphan who lived in the John Grier Home until an anonymous guardian funded her education on one condition: writing letters to him about her life at college; yes, a splitting correspondence between Dickens and the author is seen here, though not plagiarised. The entire book - excluding the beginning - is written in the form of letters to the enigmatic guardian, whom she nicknamed, Daddy-Long-Legs. This style, in my opinion, is indeed creative.
The story starts well, orienting the readers in the world Judy lives in. The concept is well thought as well, and the letters are written very nicely. Although, I've got to admit, the letters are a bit jejune, they certainly are entertaining. Ending was indeed good, but not unpredictable to me, since I had already speculated it. Now, let's meet the characters.
Jerusha (Judy) Abbott: Jerusha or Judy Abbott is an eighteen year old orphan who lived at a place made John Grier Home. She is bright and intelligent and optimistic. Her fate changes when Mr. John Enigma Smith sponsors her education.
'John Smith' ('Daddy-Long-Legs'): John Smith is our enigmatic guardian who does mysterious things such sponsoring Judy's education, but not revealing his true identity, and asking her to write letters to him regarding her progress. Judy nicknamed his 'Daddy-Long-Legs' as she caught a glimpse of his shadow, and assumed that he had long legs.
Initial thoughts about eccentricities: Come on, why can't you tell who you are? How bad can it be? You can't possibly be the Phantom of the Opera.
Sally McBride: Sally McBride is Judy's best friend and roommate at college.
Julia Pendleton: Julia Pendleton is a rich friend of Judy, who initially didn't get along with Judy as she was obsessed with finding out Judy's background.
Jervie Pendleton: Jervie is one of Julia's uncles. Judy gets along well with him, and had to keep him company when Julia asked him to.
Alright, honestly, the book was really weird. It reminded me of Little House in the Big Woods, but it was all the more entertaining. The problem with this book was Judy was a bit immature. For an eighteen year old, she acts a little childish, but that's what makes it fun. I think if the age was reduced, the jejune attributes would suit her better, does making the book more charming.
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