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Book Title: Gone-Away Lake|
Date of issue: August 1st 1990
ISBN 13: 9780152316495
The author of the book: Elizabeth Enright
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 5.60 MB
Edition: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt P
Read full description of the books Gone-Away Lake:4.5 STARS
An utterly charming story of one splendid summer when two children discover the dilapidated remnants of once-splendid summer homes along the shore of Gone-Away Lake. Two of the homes are still inhabited by an elderly brother and sister who never quite left the turn-of-the-century lifestyle but who are timeless in their kindness and in their understanding of children. A summer of summery nature exploration and little adventures and historical discovery awaits!
I really enjoyed this story. It's the sort of quiet, reflective story you don't see too often these days. I love that it's "old-fashioned" twice over-- first for the children seeing the 1900s relics and now for modern readers seeing the 1950s as so different from today. It shocked me when I realized that more time has actually passed since the book was written than from the gilded summers of the 1900s to the time the book was written. While television and movies and my own parents make the '50s seem far less distant, I am still stuck by how different our summers are today from those the children enjoy in the story. Few children now have the freedom to explore woods and lakes on their own or turn dilapidated summer mansions into their clubhouse. This saddens me, especially as I look at my baby son and think that people haven't changed *that* much and that probably most kids would rather be in nature than playing video games if they really had the chance to explore without fear and restrictions. At least books like this provide a sense of what that might be like. It's the sort of book you need to let engulf you-- sometimes it seems a bit slow but if you nestle in it wraps around you like the memory of a summer evening and enchants you anew.
Read information about the authorElizabeth Enright (1907-1968) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, but spent most of her life in or near New York City. Her mother was a magazine illustrator, while her father was a political cartoonist. Illustration was Enright's original career choice and she studied art in Greenwich, Connecticut; Paris, France; and New York City. After creating her first book in 1935, she developed a taste, and quickly demonstrated a talent, for writing. Throughout her life, she won many awards, including the 1939 John Newbery Medal for Thimble Summer and a 1958 Newbery Honor for Gone-Away Lake. Among her other beloved children's titles are her books about the Melendy family, including The Saturdays, published in 1941. Enright also wrote short stories for adults, and her work was published in The New Yorker, The Ladies Home Journal, Cosmopolitan, The Yale Review, Harper's, and The Saturday Evening Post. She taught creative writing at Barnard College. Translated into many languages throughout the world, Elizabeth Enright's stories are for both the young and the young at heart.
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