کتاب دشمن عزیز

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The story is presented in a series of letters written by Sallie McBride, Judy Abbotts classmate and best friend in Daddy-Long-Legs. As Daddy-Long-Legs traced Judy Abbotts growth from a young girl into an adult, Dear Enemy shows how Sallie McBride grows from a frivolous socialite to a mature woman and an able executive. It also follows the development of Sallies relationships with Gordon Hallock, a wealthy politician, and Dr. Robin MacRae, the orphanages physician. Both relationships are affected by Sallies initial reluctance to commit herself to her job, and by her gradual realization of how happy the work makes her and how incomplete shed feel without it. The daily calamities and triumphs of an orphanage superintendent are wittily described


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After finishing Daddy-Long-Legs I rushed to read the follow up novel. In some ways it is even better than the first one. I adored reading about this inexperienced but strong willed society girl taking up the management of an orphanage. Her letters are great fun and give a perfect feeling for the situation and characters.

But it was just so hard reading about the way people (even forward thinking, kind and modern ones) thought about mental illness and disability at that time. I know too much about the tragic outcome this mindset had for many individuals and families. A sad part of history.

Apart from this subject the book is wonderful, and the romance much better developed and more interesting than the one in the first book (for obvious reasons).

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Da família de Mark Twain, Jean Webster foi uma mulher activa que se envolveu na política, estudou economia e atendia aos mais diversos eventos sociais, acabando por passar as suas actividades e interesses para os seus livros. Defensora dos direitos das mulheres, é evidente em cada uma das suas personagens femininas os ideais em que acreditava.
Querido Inimigo não foi excepção e tal como o seu percursor Daddy Long-Legs atingiu o estatuto de bestseller, trazendo um pouco de bom senso e divertimento a um mundo em plena mudança.
Este foi o único livro que consegui da colecção de chick-lit que saiu numa revista, acho que o verão passado, com muita pena minha mas só me soube da colecção quando ela já estava a terminar.
Querido Inimigo é contado na forma de correspondência, melhor dizendo, são nos apresentadas as cartas que a protagonista envia para as restantes personagens e, é através destas que ficamos a conhecer a sua história e como esta se desenvolve. Este método acaba por criar confusão no leitor uma vez que apesar de a escrita de Sallie ser muito expressiva e descritiva, nunca nos é apresentado a perspectiva das outras personagens, apenas sabemos a versão da protagonista, o que torna a história estranha e irreal porque, a meu ver, é muito complicado perceber desta forma como é que as personagens se relacionam ou como se desenvolvem os sentimentos entre elas. Acho que para uma ideia destas teria sido bom haver um certo apego e mais conhecimento entre leitor e enredo geral.
Porque a verdade é que o livro é giro, divertido e leve para os espíritos mais necessitados. A forma extremamente “expansiva” com que Sallie nos vai relatando as suas aventuras permite-nos rir com ela e aceitar os seus desejos, pedidos mais loucos e acharmos que ela tem razão por mais exagerados e fúteis que possam ser. Aliás, se não fosse a própria Sallie, a sua personalidade e desvairos este livro não era nada, ou pelo menos não teria o mesmo impacto. Tenho pena de não me ter identificado com o sistema “correio” porque sinto que se tivesse sido de outra forma este teria sido um dos livros mais divertidos que já li.
Também a sua história, tão pouco aprofundada, é uma das razões para nos fazer gostar desta leitura. Imaginem uma miss da alta sociedade encarregue de 111 criancinhas que ninguém sabe de onde vieram e que, segundo a sociedade e o bom doutor, já têm o destino traçado e não é dos melhores. E ela que é quase obrigada a aceitar o cargo passa a adorar os seus filhos emprestados. Momentos geniais de riso puro mas faltam pormenores porque há momentos enternecedores que se perdem pela rapidez com que se passam.
A outra coisa que não me convenceu foi aquele amor repentino entre Sallie e doutor. Fiquei a pensar se eles teriam batido os dois com a cabeça ou algo assim. É que não há indícios, ou pelo menos não daqueles que nos fazem compreender quem são os casais da trama, que estes dois iam acabar assim. Não é que eu não tivesse percebido à primeira mas assim do nada? E depois termina assim, abruptamente, quando eles se encontram nos braços um dou outro. Momento pelo qual eu não dei por nada.
Mas a que dar a mão à palmatória e quando um livro me faz rir como este merece ser elogiado, até porque este humor sarcástico do início do século XX é delicioso e mesmo feminino, e eu fiquei com pena de não haver mais e de não ter sido um pouco mais longo.
Isto podia parecer quase uma história de hoje (quase) e acho que quem quer passar umas poucas horas a descontrair, se o tiver em casa, que o agarre, sente-se e desfrute da Sallie.

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مشاهده لینک اصلی
This book is the sequel to Daddy-Long-Legs (possibly can be read as a standalone, but I wouldnt recommend it), both published in the early 1910s. So its not filled with sex and doesnt rely on sensationalism. Its just a well told story. And funny. The humor from the turn of last century might be a little more sophisticated, but it still resonates with a modern reader. As long as you like really dry humor. And can get past some political incorrectness. Not a lot, but as long as you keep in mind when this was written, you can get past it.

Like DLL it is written entirely in epistolary form, and like Judy in DLL, Sallie (our narrator) has a young, fresh and fun voice. She writes predominately to Judy, having just been appointed by Judy and her husband as the superintend of the John Grier orphanage (where Judy grew up and her husband is the trustee/president). Despite having been born into luxury herself, Sallie is kind and compassionate. Though she starts off as more frivolous, from working at the Home, she comes to love the kids and finds her true path in life. Characterizations of the different characters come out more in the stories that Sallie tells rather than in us being told anything (because Sallies descriptions are always clearly prejudiced anyway). But its easy to separate Sallies opinions from the true characterizations of everyone.

As Sallie learns the ropes of the John Grier Home she has help from the local Dr. McRae, who she immediately doesnt get along with - Sallie being free and open and fun and Dr. McRae being more formal and stoic. As Sallie says she cannot trust a man who never smiles. She takes to calling him Sandy (not totally sure why - I think this is some reference that I dont understand) and Enemy. Theres a much larger cast of characters as well including many of the children and staff of the orphanage, the trustees, old friends and family and the locals. All vastly entertaining.

My one criticism would be the authors writing of accents. Sallie loved to try to imitate the doctors Scotch accent, and sometimes adopt an Irish one herself, and it was incomprehensible to me. I understood maybe every other word. Sometimes less.

But bottom like, like DDL, what really drove the story were Sallies entertaining interpretation of events and life. And her just deadpan one liners.

@And also, no matter what the doctor wants, so positive and dictatorial is his manner that just out of self respect one must take the other [email protected]

@The more I study men, the more I realize that they are nothing in the world but boys grown too big to be [email protected]

@I do wish that mice and snakes and toads and angleworms were not so portable. You never know what is going on in a perfectly respectable-looking childs [email protected]

@Suppose that I should retire and marry and have a family. As families go nowadays, I couldnt hope for more than five or six children at the most, and all with the same heredity. But mercy, such a family appears perfectly insignificant and monotonous. You have institutionalized me. Reproachfully yours, Sallie [email protected]


مشاهده لینک اصلی
Nachdem ich schon das erste Buch Lieber Daddy-Long-Legs gelesen hatte und es in Ordnung fand, musste auch das zweite Band bei mir einziehen. Das Cover ist einfach wunderschön und ich wollte wissen, ob mich das zweite Band mehr Anspricht. 

Eigene Meinung
Diesmal geht das Buch nicht über Judy aus dem ersten Buch „Daddy-Long-Legs“, sondern um ihre Freundin Sally.  Das hatte mich gefreut, wir erleben die Geschichte von jemanden anderen und wie würde sie die Briefe schreiben?
Sally hat eine wunderbare Art ihre Briefe zu schreiben. Sie sind heiter, bissig und grundehrlich. Die Briefe in diesem Buch gehen nicht nur zur einer Person, sondern mehrere. Wir erfahren etwas von ihrem Tagesablauf im Waisenheim und was dort alles schiefläuft. Wir erfahren wie sie mit den Personen umgeht und auf welche Ideen sie für einige Probleme kommt. Trotz Tiefschläge die das Waisenheim oder auch Sally erlebt, bleibt sie weiterhin die muntere Person.
Im Gegensatz zum ersten Band „Daddy-Long-Legs“, kommt mir die Person reifer vor und die Beweggründe kann ich mehr nachvollziehen. Das kann jedoch an der Zeitspanne zwischen den beiden Büchern liegen. In Sally kann ich mich viel besser hineinversetzen als in Judy.
Schön ist es zu sehen, dass Sally sich Gedanken über Judy macht, die selbst aus einem Waisenhaus stammt. Sie möchte für ihre Kinder im Waisenhaus alles Erdenkliche möglich machen und behält, sogar nachdem die Kinder das Waisenhaus verlassen haben, ein Auge auf deren Werdegang.
In diesem Buch erleben wir die Entwicklung von Sally, wir lernen wie sie das Waisenhaus führt und wie sich ihr Privat leben ändert. In den Briefen werden wir nie mit Informationen überhäuft und erfahren genug um ihren Alltag zu verstehen. Mit jedem weiteren Brief wirkt Sally reifer, erwachsender und selbstbewusster. Wir durchleben durch jeden Brief eine Charakter Entwicklung bei Sally die nicht zu schnell, aber auch nicht zu langsam stattfindet.
An einigen Stellen ist jedoch sehr oberflächlich. An einigen Punkten hätte ich mir mehr Tiefe der Charakter gewünscht und einige Personen hätte ich auch gerne mehr kennen gelernt. Nichts destotrotz ist es eine interessante Geschichte.
Alles in allen ist „Lieber Feind“ eine gelungene Fortsetzung von „Daddy-Long-Legs“ und mit dem Cover vom Königsverlag sogar ein Blickfang im Bücherregal.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Jean Webster (July 24, 1876 – June 11, 1916) wrote several books. I think her intended audience was young girls of perhaps 8-16. When I was 9 I read and reread @Dear [email protected] and @Daddy Long [email protected] (which is better-known). Her style is sprightly and she writes very well. Her stories were about fairly independent young women who went to college and who worked--and also who ended up marrying. Her style is epistolary.

I recall @Dear [email protected] as one of those books that I enjoyed in part because the heroine and the hero seemed to realize their love for each other LONG AFTER I, the perceptive 9 year old reader, recognized it.

The heroine, Sallie McBride, a recent college graduate, has taken a post running an orphanage of over 100 orphans. Sallie has a very jaunty and unsentimental view of her charges. She cares deeply at the same time as she cheerfully hopes that some of them will never breed. Much as she espouses eugenics, it seems to be a joking matter with her.

The book is about as incorrect politically as you can get and indicates what a change there has been in writing for children / young adults in the past century. I regret that the really outstanding aspects of Websters writing (her style and verve and her characterizations not to mention her reasonably sophisticated sentence structure and her vocabulary) might be overshadowed by her refusal to sugar-coat the orphans. Some of them are wonderful, some of them are idiotic, some of them are bound to become drunkards---its not a group of lovely snowflakes. But its a look at the reality of peoples opinions and ideas of a century ago and should not be tossed out because its unpleasing. Its a novel that also has a lot of anthropological and sociological information about its time. Its fascinating to reread past favorites after so much time has elapsed.

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