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A Window in Thrums (1889)

by J. M. Barrie

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A very early book by the author of Peter Pan, and my particular copy is a very old beautiful little book with a colorful textured 3-D cover that I definitely enjoyed carrying around for a few days. Over half of this book is written Scottish dialogue that was very difficult to get into. But, as with those subtitled foreign movies that seem so insufferable in the beginning, my mind eventually adapted, and it moved along much easier. Billed often as a novel, it is more a series of vignette short stories that take place in a poor little house and its inhabitants in the little village of Thrums, told through the eyes of a family friend that seems to spend summers boarding with them. The 'window' is that which the disabled lady of the cottage uses to stay connected to the outside world. Charming, sometimes funny, other times sad, but by the end, you feel that you know this simple little family rather intimately. Again, not for the faint of heart with the dialogue, but enjoyable, nonetheless, especially with my little volume. ( )
  jeffome | Apr 27, 2015 |
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On the bump of green round which the brae twists, at the top of the brae, and within cry of T'nowhead Farm, still stands a one-story house, whose whitewashed walls, streaked with the discoloration that rain leaves, look yellow when the snow comes. In the old days the still ascent left Thrums behind, and where is now the making of a suburb was only a poor row of dwellings and a manse, with Hendry’s cot to watch the brae. The house stood bare, without a shrub, in a garden whose paling did not go all the way round, the potato pit being only kept out of the road, that here sets off southward, by a broken dyke of stones and earth. On each side of the slate-colored door was a window of knotted glass. Ropes were flung over the thatch to keep the roof on in wind.
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The creator of Peter Pan revisits his ancestral village in this 1889 work . Again he draws upon his mother's stories about a small-town in Scotland; A Window in Thrums is one of Barrie's most poignant novels. Of it he wrote: It is a sadder book to me than it can ever be to anyone else."… (more)

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