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Jan of the Windmill

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  18 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Work first published in 1873/74, by the prolific author of children's stories. Her tales, which have hardly been excelled in sympathetic insight into childlife, still enjoy undiminished popularity.
Paperback, 244 pages
Published June 1st 2007 by Dodo Press (first published 1876)
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Harini Srinivasan
A lovely book, and one that I will reread soon! The modern reader might find the story a little cliched -- the unacknowledged son of a noble family being 'farmed out', growing up in humble surroundings, finding his genius, and discovering at last who his true parents are. But it is well told, the characters are very engaging and the author's observations are intelligent and often witty. Some bits are rather harrowing; I wish there weren't so many deaths. But I suppose it reflects the reality of ...more
Bettie
Sep 19, 2012 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Bettie by: Harini Srinivasan

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DEDICATED TO MY DEAR SISTER MARGARET.

Opening:

Storm without and within?

So the windmiller might have said, if he had been in the habit of putting his thoughts into an epigrammatic form, as a groan from his wife and a growl of thunder broke simultaneously upon his ear, whilst the rain fell scarcely faster than her tears.

It was far from mending matters that both storms were equally unexpected. For eight full years the miller’s wife had been the meekest of women. If the
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Martyn
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: childrens
Very predictable, yet immensely satisfying. It's possibly better suited to adults now, rather than children, though children might enjoy hearing it read to them.

From a practical point of view, the vocabulary might be outside of the range of the average child and, added to that, a lot of the speech is written to reflect the dialect, which children might struggle to decipher, and which might greatly diminish their ability to understand and enjoy it. Also the meaning of the sentences doesn't alway
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Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
It wasn't a bad story, but for some reason it took me forever to read it. I think if was overlong-- would have had more oomf if it had been condensed.
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Born in 1841, Juliana Horatia Gatty was the daughter of the Rev. Alfred Gatty, a Church of England vicar, and an author, and of Margaret Gatty, also an author. She was married to Major Alexander Ewing, of the British army pay department, in 1867, relocating with him to New Brunswick, Canada, for the first two years of their marriage. Although Major Ewing was posted abroad again, in 1879 and 1881, Mrs. Ewing w ...more