on 19 May 2010
The first story, 'daddy long legs' is about Judy abbot, an orphan, who due to her unique writing skills, was sent to college by a trustee of her orphan asylum. The story consists of letters by Judy to her benefactor, giving us a glimpse her thoughts as an orphan, a college girl full of dreams, and of course her struggle to hide her past.
The second book, 'Dear enemy' is the sequel to the first book, 'daddy long legs' where the protagonist is Judy's good friend from college, Sally McBride. Here too, the story is told through letters by Sally to Judy and a few others. Giving us insights of ther views and experience as a superintendant of Judy's old orphanage. Thought the book isn't as popular as the first one, but it is as witty and captivating nevertheless.
Now,that is a little bit about the stories within the book. Anyway if you don't mind very thin paper (which I find pretty difficult to turn or handle) I'd say buy it. 2 wonderful evergreen stories for the price of one book is a real bargain.
on 27 May 2013
"Daddy-Long-Legs" comprises letters from `Judy' (Jerusha) Abbott, an orphan brought up in a children's home, to the benevolent and anonymous trustee of that home who pays for her to receive a college education. Beautifully written, utterly charming and with a happy denouement. An excellent read for all ages.
"Dear Enemy" comprises letters from Sallie McBride, Judy's best friend at college, who has been put in charge of the children's home in which Judy grew up. The letters are chiefly to Judy and her husband, to Gordon Hallock (to whom, briefly, she is engaged) and to the man she calls `Enemy' - the dour Scotsman, `Sandy' Robin MacRae, who is the doctor with medical responsibilities for the children's home. An excellent read!
The Penguin combined edition comes with an interesting introduction, which includes a brief biography of the author, and a brief coda comprising explanatory notes on references in the text.
on 1 October 2009
Read this book as a child and then found it again in a Slovenian hotel! I love both books. The style is fast and funny, and they're ideal comfort reads. I'd recommend for the 9-15 age group (girls), but I reckon it can be enjoyed by many ages.
Daddy-long-legs, with a modern mind, is slightly creepy but I don't think it was out of the ordinary then.