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Donna Parker in Hollywood by Marcia Martin

Donna Parker in Hollywood

by Marcia Martin

Other authors: Mary Stevens (Illustrator)

Series: Donna Parker (5)

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It's a funny thing how, once my brain is forced to work properly again, children's books regain their appeal quite enormously. I loved wrapping myself up in late 1950s/early 1960s America, and the illusion was not spoiled by having just read The help. The book of course had lots of wholesome American messages in it, such as getting to know lots of different boys and not being serious about any one of them. I enjoyed the constant connection with the Indian ganesha, with its combination of hard work, power and authority (translated as talent or ability), high ideals and down to earth practicality. But what surprised me was the message that sometimes, hard work really isn't enough. The usual message in these books is that if you want something badly enough, you can succeed. But in this book, Donna's friend, who has absolutely slaved at ballet for years and made it her whole life, is sent home because it has become clear that she will simply never be good enough. She is forced to acknowledge that she had reached the absolute limit that can be reached through hard work - she simply does not have what it takes to make it further. That was quite a shock and an interesting viewpoint for safe, 1950s America.

I do enjoy this addiction! ( )
  mandochild | Apr 18, 2010 |
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