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The Borrowers by Mary Norton
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Jul 20, 2012

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Read in July, 2012

I love films with little people. I have a fascination with the way they convert everyday objects into unexpected uses suitable for their size. So reading this children's classic, I was excited by the descriptions of Arrietty's cigar box walls or the ingenious design of their teapot. Having just seen the Studio Ghibli version, I was surprised by some of the other differences. The boy is a somewhat harsher character, and Arrietty's friendship with him is less sympathetic as a result. But the main difference, for me, was a lack of resolution. Following the characters so closely through the book, then not knowing fully their eventual fate feels unsatosfying. And the broader question of what happened to the other Borrowers is never addressed, nor left hanging in a clever way for a sequel. Enjoyable, but the book feels unfinished in many ways.

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