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The Borrowers by Mary Norton
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Mar 26, 2012

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Read in February, 2012

I'm sure this was a book that I might have enjoyed better when I was younger. Great imagery; a very well realized concept; lots of antiquated language (that to many might be an impediment, but to me, it added to my enjoyment. I love things that feel/read old.) But there wasn't much of a story. Arriety befriends a human boy, and their friendship eventually forces her family to move. The end is literally two adults talking about the story and guessing about the ending, much as any reasonably curious child might. (It's actually a little meta, and it reminded me of the ending in Handmaid's Tale(book).
I realize that there are other books in the series, but I really wasn't expecting a to-be-continued in a children's book from that era, and thus was slightly disappointed. I wonder if children will feel the same about this classic?

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