The Little White Horse
The beautiful valley of Moonacre is shadowed by the memory of the Moon Princess and the mysterious little white horse. When Maria Merryweather comes to live at Moonacre Manor she finds herself involved with an ancient feud. She is determined to restore peace and happiness to the whole of Moonacre Valley, and Maria usually gets her own way!
But the didactic elements! Man, I see why Goudge set the story in 1842 instead of a century later, when it was actually written. Over and over, the emphasis on Maria having to learn to accept and embody feminine virtues (and they are explicitly denoted as feminine...more
Maria Merryweather, who recently became an orphan, is sent to live with her cousin Sir Benjamen wi...more
For me, I first read this book when I was probably seven or eight, and adored it at first read. It has remained one of my favorite childhood books. There's sheer magic in the descriptions - like Maria's room at the mano...more
The story is about a young girl who finds herself an orphan and moves from high-society London to her only surviving relative'...more
1. The resolution was all too predictable.
2. The main character is annoying. She is described as being aristocratic and that is her most important quality.
3. The animals...more
I came across an article about J.K. Rowling a little while back and she mentioned this as her favourite book growing up and glowingly praised it. I tracked it down for my Kindle and really loved every moment of it.
Set in 1842, thirteen year old Maria Merryweather travels with her governess, Miss Heliotrope, and her self-absorbed Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Wiggins, by carriage to live with her uncle after the death of her father. A little vain and preoccupied wi...more
Once again, I'm glad I did. My impressions were correct in that I think it would appeal to young teenage girls, mostly due...more
The reason for the seemingly low rate is simply that the story didn't resonate with me as others tend...more
The Little White Horse is a little fairytale, really. I remember a friend in first year recommendng it to me over and over again, so I had quite high hopes, but I don't think it's really that special. Everything is very predictable, and often slightly silly -- mistaking a lion for a dog, really? It's kind of sweet, at times, but it edges into too sweet. I'd have liked more of a sense of risk, and for things to come a bit less easil...more
I had so much fun reading this delightful, happy fairytale for our book club this month! Written in the 1940's by Elizabeth Goudge, you won't find a modern tale anything like it. It has decent, good, kind, caring characters, and quite a bit of God and religion, Gasp*! I found the message of forgiveness and of the hope for something better inspiring, and the heroine strong and good. It is a book you want your little girls to read! And don't forget the des...more
Elizabeth Goudge's children's stories have been compared to the writing of E. Nesbit. Nesbit is one of my favorite authors, and the comparison is apt, especially once you...more
Maria, the heroine, is rather cold. She takes her destiny as the current Moon Princess and her betrothal to Robin without much reaction. She's brave and level-headed with a strong sense of justice and duty, but there isn't enough going on in her mind to really bring me to a deep connection with her.
Loveday is a little too...more
By the third paragraph, I knew that I would love it.
"Humanity can be roughly divided into three sorts of people -- those who find comfort in literature, those who find comfort in personal adornment, and those who find comfort in food; and Miss...more
I can easily understand why Rowling considers this a childhood favorite. If I had read it as a younger girl, I no doubt would have been...more
WOW! I can't believe I haven't read her works before now. This book was filled with really wonderful metaphors, imagery and Christian symbolism! In many instances they were handled in such a subtle, expert manner that I had to read some of the metaphori...more
Upon the death of her long absent father Maria became an orphan, and so her governess Mrs Heliotrope, Wiggins and herself were to leave London and move to the unrefined and ill-comforted coun...more
Goudge loved to go on and on with lengthy descriptions of character, appearance and place. In this book that works beautifully, as I was instantly transported into the story, and could identify with the characters, especially the tasty delicacies they were eating! I enjoyed the symbolism of the lion and the unicorn, that have been symbols of the sun and moon...more
1) Every character (even the 'bad' ones) were Mary/Gary Sues. Everyone had goodness in their hearts, everyone was perfect.
2) My belief was not suspended. Usually it is quite easy for me to immerse myself in a book and at least superficially believe what is going on. Not so in this case. Several examples: Deciding, on the fly, that you will marry a guy (two years older) that yells at you that you will marr...more
Finding this book was serendipitous. I read an article by TM Luhrmann in the NYT about God as Therapist which led me to her book When God Talks Back. I skimmed that book and was interested in Luhrmann's quoting The Little White Horse at the end of her book.
Our local library had the book in the young ad...more
Honestly, after reading the first two chapters I wasn't sure if I would make it through The Little White Horse. At...more
Born in Wells, she moved with her family to Ely when her father, a clergyman, was transferred there. When her father, Henry Leighton Goudge, was made Regius Professor of Divinity at Oxford, the family left Ely and went to Christ Church, Oxford.
Goudge's first book, The Fairies' Baby and Other Stories (...more
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Maria: I have not quite decided yet, but I think I shall marry a boy I knew in London.
Robin(yells): What? Marry some mincing nincompoop of a Londoner with silk stockings and a pomade in his hair and face like a Cheshire cheese? You dare do such a thing! You - Maria - if you marry a London man I'll wring his neck! (...) I'll not only wring his neck, I'll wring everybody's necks, and I'll go right away out of the valley, over the hills to the town where my father came from, and I won't ever come back here again. So there!
Maria: Why don't you want me to marry that London boy?
Robin(shouting): Because you are going to marry me. Do you hear, Maria? You are going to marry me.”