Day in and day out the dutiful mousewife works alongside her mousehusband. The house of Miss Barbara Wilkinson, where the Mouses make their home, is a nice house and the mousewife is for the most part happy with her lot—and yet she yearns for something more. But what? Her husband, for one, can’t imagine. “I think about cheese,” he advises her. “Why don’t you think about ch...more
Her wanting doesn't interfere with her life like it did for Madame Bovary. She expands her small universe and is able to continue to care for ...more
"She looked the same; she had the same ears and prick nose and whiskers and dewdrop e ...more
At surface value, The Mousewife is a very simple, very powerful story. A female mouse finds her life unfulfi ...more
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A fable of unrealized dreams and love.
Although the book is charming and does what any good (children's) book should do--namely, moves us because we recognize some universal patterns of our own lives; moves us because we are able to identify. The choice of two principal characters, one exotic (a turtledove) and the other quite not so much (a mouse), goes well with the storyline. All the ingredients of a great book are there, and yet...
The Mousewife is a very short children's story about a mousewife who was different from all the mice. Though she looked the same and did the same thing as the other mice, there was this part inside her which was quite not very mouse. She did not think of cheese and often, she looked outside the window, standing on the sill, recognizing how wide and big the world around her was. She wondered what lied beyond ...more
Rumer Godden is one of my all-time favorite authors, period. She is not well known anymore, to my knowledge. Her books are now vintage and hard to come by. But I found them in my public library as a child, and her fascinating power to give voice to the voiceless makes magic. She usually gives this voice to dolls, but in this elegant, tender little story, she gives it to a little mousewife whose unremarkable l ...more
Godden wrote novels, poetry, plays, biographies, and books for children.
For more information, see the official website: Rumer Godden