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Pippi Longstocking by Astrid Lindgren
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Pippi Longstocking (1945)

by Astrid Lindgren

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Series: Pippi Longstocking (1)

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La infancia nos marca de una forma permanente, que perdura por los años, que queda anclada en los pensamientos, sin que seamos conscientes de ello (o no plenamente). Tal vez son estas series de televisión, esas películas, aquellos libros que leemos, los que terminan determinando la clase de persona en la que nos terminamos convirtiendo. Crecí viendo a Pippi, Tommy Annika en la televisión. Recuerdo tener su colección de VHS cuidadosamente guardados en una caja de colección, edición limitada. Desgastaba las cintas viéndolas una y otra vez, y mi admiración hacia este estravagante personaje no hacía más que expandirse en mi fantasía infantil.

Ahora, un poco menos de una década después, me entra la nostalgia y me pongo a leer la recopilación de historias de Pippi. Ahora me percato de que se trata de un personaje profundamente justiciero y que contiene una fuerte crítica social. Para mi sorpresa descubro que mi admirado mito infantil no es más que una feminista de los pies a la cabeza pelirroja... ¡Cómo no me había dado cuenta antes!

La talentosa Astrid Lindgen publicó el libro de casualidad (siempre me perturban esas anécotas, pues por un pequeño traspiés del destino, nunca habríamos llegado a conocer a Pippi), producto de una historia que la escritora le contró a su hija cuando esta se encontraba enferma de los pulmones. Recibió constantes rechazos de las editoriales hasta que, finalmente, en el año 1945 ganó un concurso editorial. El resto, ya lo conocemos.

A parte de los valores que enseña el cuento (la amistad, por ejemplo) enseña muchos otros de dudosa ética. Pippi vive sola, no va al colegio, apenas posee educación cívica (aunque tiene un grandísimo corazón) y le encanta inventarse (¿mentir?) historias. Es sumamente feliz, su personaje carece de drama real y vive en permanente optimismo. Tal vez, en una visión más adulta, podríamos pensar que Pippi era víctima de una perturbación mental elevada (sí, lo sé, es doloroso admitirlo).

Todo esto me hace meterme en la cabeza de la escritora. Una mujer que ansiaba la fuerza, seguramente que anhelaba haber tenido una amiga como Pippi... alguien fuerte a su lado que la protegiera de cualquier temor (no olvidemos que Pippi era la persona más fuerte y valiente del mundo). Aún así, al final del libro, algo empaña la felicidad absoluta de Pippi: su miedo a crecer. Incluso la novela, que siempre ha mantenido un ritmo alegre, termina de forma bastante apagada y oscura lo que me ha llamado poderosamente la atención: Tommy y Annika, después de haber pasado varios meses en los Mares del Sur con Pippi, obsevan desde su cuarto con sus padres, a Pippi, que yace sentada sobre su cama, con la mirada perdida y la expresión sombría e imperturbable.
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  MiriamBeizana | Dec 3, 2018 |
Pippi Longstocking is a loveable swedish girl. Her mother died and her father is sailing the seven seas. She lives by her self in her own house with her own monkey and her own horse. Perfect for 8-12 girls ( )
  Indiam16 | Nov 27, 2018 |
Cute and imaginative. ( )
  Gezemice | Oct 29, 2018 |
Pippi Longstocking is a rambunctious youngster with so much energy and mirth. She's constantly on the prowl for some sort of adventure to be had and in many ways, she reminds me of a more active, more troublesome version of Peter Pan. At the center of it all, Pippi has a good heart, but she is a handful.

I didn't read this book as a child, and as an adult, it didn't really appeal to me. There wasn't a lot of rhyme or reason to it, and it was too stressful to be enchanting. On personal enjoyment, I'd actually only give this 1.5 stars. But sometimes, SOMETIMES, I can write a review that's a bit more objective and I do believe that as a book, Pippi Longstocking deserves four.

Why? Well, first of all, this wasn't written for me. It was written for children. And as such - the writing style is charming and has a great flow. The stories bump from one adventure to another and would make a great bedtime story, because they send the imagination running. Additionally, the characters are varied and interesting, and children will enjoy them. For its intended audience, I think this book is great. ( )
  Morteana | Oct 23, 2018 |
Very sweet, whimsical children's book! I enjoyed reading it to my younger brothers. They usually won't sit still long enough for me to read anything to them, but they actually were asking ME to read it to them! So it was a win-win in that area! If you're looking for a good "role model" children's book, this isn't really it, but it was fun, and there certainly wasn't anything bad in it. ( )
  SarahGraceGrzy | Oct 2, 2018 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Lindgren, Astridprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Benson, EstherNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Child, LaurenIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Engelking, KatrinIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Glanzman, Louis S.Illustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heinig, CäcilieTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hurup, EdnaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Järvinen, LailaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kennedy, RichardIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lamborn, FlorenceTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nunnally, TiinaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nyman, IngridIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Palme, AnnuskaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Rettich, RolfIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, TonyCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ross, TonyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Seligsohnn, NancyIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Vang Nyman, IngridIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ziliotto, DonatellaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Way out at the end of a tiny little town was an overgrown garden, and in the garden was an old house, and in the house lived Pippi Longstocking.
At the end of a little Swedish town lay an old, overgrown orchard.

(translated by Edna Hurup, 1954)
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This is the first book in the series about Pippi Longstocking. Please don't combine with omnibus editions.
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Pippi is an irrepressible, irreverent, and irrefutably delightful girl who lives alone (with a monkey) in her wacky house, Villa Villekulla. When she's not dancing with the burglars who were just trying to rob her house, she's attempting to learn the "pluttification" tables at school; fighting Adolf, the strongest man in the world at the circus; or playing tag with police officers. Pippi's high-spirited, good-natured hijinks cause as much trouble as fun, but a more generous child you won't find anywhere.

Astrid Lindgren has created a unique and lovable character, inspiring generations of children to want to be Pippi. More than anything, Pippi makes reading a pleasure; no child will welcome the end of the book, and many will return to Pippi Longstocking again and again. Simply put, Pippi is irresistible. (Ages 9 to 12)

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Escapades of a lucky little girl who lives with a horse and a monkey--but without any parents--at the edge of a Swedish village.

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