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Village School by Miss Read
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Nov 19, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 1950s, country-small-town, england, gentle, teachers, elementary-school
Read from October 21 to November 17, 2010

*Read for S524: Adult Readers' Advisory* I'm COMPLETELY shocked that I enjoyed this book as much as I did. There was a time when my mother's Mitford books infuriated me because they seemed so trite and I felt like they stood for everything I hated. Now I'm all Martha Stewart-ed and stuff, and I crave all things domestic. How things change... Maybe I liked this because it wasn't trying to force anything feel-good down my throat? Anyway, nothing really happens at all in these books (they are the epitome of gentle fiction), but they have little vignettes of village life throughout the seasons. I loved reading about the Harvest Festival, and picnics, and details of the schoolhouse. Oh my gosh, what has happened to me???? The stories are soothing and charming, but I definitely wouldn't recommend them for everyone since there really isn't any plot to propel things forward. I found it easiest to read a couple of chapters at a time rather than sitting for prolonged periods. There were some parts that bored me as characters discussed their theories on teaching (understandable since the author was a schoolteacher), but luckily it didn't come up too often. Now I have to let my mom in on these because she'll totally love them and I'll have to apologize for all the times I hid her Mitford books...
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