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Lusthuset på Malplaquet (1946)

av T. H. White

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Ten-year-old Maria, an orphaned heiress living with her unpleasant guardians on a crumbling English estate called Malplaquet, finds her life changing in unimagined ways when she explores an overgrown island on the estate's lake and discovers the descendants of Gulliver's Lilliputians.
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Efterlämnade bibliotekC. S. Lewis
  1. 40
    Gullivers resor av Jonathan Swift (infiniteletters)
  2. 20
    Knight's Castle av Edward Eager (aulsmith)
    aulsmith: Another tale for children about miniature people.
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    The Return of the Antelope av Willis Hall (infiniteletters)
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    Matilda av Roald Dahl (themulhern)
    themulhern: Wicked adults are defeated and there is much humor. Erudition is prized. T. H. White is funnier than Roald Dahl, more erudite and less grotesque.
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    Jonathan Swift: The Reluctant Rebel av John Stubbs (themulhern)
    themulhern: Or rather, reading "Jonathan Swift" may help you detect some of the very subtle humour in "Mistress Masham's Repose". I've known for a long time that Malplaquet is one of the Duke of Marlborough's lesser known victories, but I'm sure there are other allusions that I have quite missed.… (mer)
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Mistress Masham's Repose is the slightly off-putting title of a slightly askew book, choosing to highlight its most important setting rather than its characters, any aspect of its plot, or its unusual tone. Looking back on the book, it's not that hard to interpret, so it's a bit of a mystery why T.H. White - at this point, known primarily for a book with an extremely literal title, The Sword in the Stone - chose to go this route.

Go this route he did, though, making his book sound more like a stately, Jane Austen-era garden folly and less like the series of comic scrapes, murderous guardians, savagely funny digs at the British class system and reflection on the evils of colonialism that it is. Satire leeches out of the text from the start, and the one thing that quickly becomes apparent is how much White has it in for everyone; he is every bit the malcontent as the more famous Roald Dahl, but without the vicious streak.

Fortunately, most of his characters are malcontents, too, and half of them are charming ones. His protagonist, Maria, wants to be a colonial explorer, and in such guise she discovers a leftover colony of Gulliver's kidnapped Lilliputians. Her guardians, the villainous vicar and Mrs. Brown, want to find and sell the "minnikins" for profit. They are thankfully to be outsmarted not just by Maria but by her friend, the Professor, the only one who seems to want nothing from the little people at all - except he will keep being distracted. Over the course of the book, we are also introduced to a goodhearted cook, an overzealous officer of the law, and a dog who sees his human as a pet - all of whom become embroiled in the farrago as it reaches fever pitch.

White is clearly trying to say something about his country, and his countrymen, in the waning days of the British Empire. This is very nearly made explicit once or twice in conversations between Maria - who tries her hand at colonial rule - and the Professor. The humor emerges naturally from White's gently mocking tone: rather than lecturing readers about their preconceptions, he simply demonstrates how ridiculous they all are - which is probably more effective. Half the fun of the book is the series of digressions through which White embellishes his characters, making them more than representative of their types but endearing nonetheless. Critically, his heroes always come through, no matter their distractions or self-absorption - and his villains only remain so through their own determination. In Mistress Masham's Repose, everyone is a fool, but everyone has a chance at redemption, too. ( )
1 rösta saroz | Apr 25, 2021 |
As a pre-teen I was quite smitten with The Once and Future King, but never got around to reading Mistress Masham. Reading it now, I'm afraid it will no longer pass muster with modern youth. There are far too many classical references, and latin quotations which are not translated. The story line is an interesting sequel to Gulliver's Travels, but I'm not sure even that will be familiar to modern young people.
Conundrum: should I include it in our small public library or sell it off? ( )
  juniperSun | Jan 14, 2021 |
An amusing tale of an orphaned heiress who tries to hide a settlement of tiny people from her heinous guardians' greedy grasps. As with previous works, the author uses dry humor throughout the story and obscure references to elicit a chuckle. Definately a read for a more subtle audience. ( )
  fuzzi | Aug 18, 2018 |
A orphaned English girl living with an odious governess in a vast decaying 18th century mansion (called Malplaquet, and rather like Blenheim without funds for upkeep) discovers that an island in the middle of a neglected ornamental lake is inhabited by a colony of Lilliputians, brought to Britain by the sea captain who rescued Gulliver and then returned to capture Lilliputians to display at English country fairs. The girl,advised by a fiercely libertarian unemployed old professor of Classics, makes friends with the Lilliputians and eventually triumphs over the governess and her unpleasant ally the vicar. Most of this book is delightful, though I have one reservation about it as a book for children --at the climax, the vilains are actually planning to murder the girl and frame the professor for it. They do not come close to succeeding, but still it might be scary for young children.
A minor point --there is a Lilliputian hunter who is repeatedly compared to Allen Quartermain, who for some reason is consistently misspelled Quartermine. Possibly by association with King Solomon's MInes? ( )
  antiquary | Jan 17, 2018 |
How this delightful children's story escaped me for so long, I just don't know. This is White at his best, spinning a tale of good and evil, where innocence defeats cynicism. And he does this using Jonathan Swift's Lilliputians, from Gulliver's Travels as main characters.

Is this a parable of real world's events. Given White's history of using children's tales to frame the world's issues, (he is the author of The Sword in the Stone, after all) and the times when he wrote it (just following World War 2), its hard not to come to that conclusion.. I can easily the evil governess as Hitler, the bumbling, evil-want-to-be rector as Mussolini, Maria as Churchill, and the Lilliputians as the British people, who overcame their fears to defeat Hitler (or the governess)

And the best part of all is that whether you read this as a child's tale or a cautionary tale, its both well-written and well-told.

If you've missed this story somewhere along the line, you're never too old to find it, read it, and come away the better for it ( )
  sdunford | Nov 1, 2016 |
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