Sunday, February 21, 2010
My One Hundred Adventures
This charming novel seems the embodiment of the old Oscar Wilde quote: "When the gods wish to punish us, they answer our prayers." Jane lives in a small town in a house on the beach with her poet mother and her three younger siblings. Over the course of the summer her mother's ex-boyfriends show up making her question how they live and who her father is and the local pastor takes her on bible-spreading missions that make her question religion as well. She learns a lot of serious lessons for a girl her age, and while she is a bit precocious her narrative is believable throughout and perfect in its childhood logic. A great book to read aloud to a child this summer or for a child to read themselves, although I'd say this book is definitely geared towards girls more than boys.
"It is inestimably comforting to have a friend, someone who is not horrified at you but with you."
"All our lives are mundane but all our lives are also poetry."
My One Hundred Adventures, by Polly Horvath. ISBN: 9780375845826