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  • Title: The Wide, Wide World
  • Author: Susan Bogert Warner
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  • Ellen has difficulty believing that God will take care of her when her dying mother leaves her with the unloving Mrs Dunscombe.
    Susan Bogert Warner
    Born in 1819 in New York City, American novelist and children s author Susan Bogert Warner was the daughter of lawyer Henry Warner, and his wife, Anna Bartlett Her early life was one of wealth and privilege, until her father lost his money in the Panic of 1837, and the family were forced to sell their home in St Mark s Place NYC , and move to a farmhouse they owned on Constitution Island, near West Point, NY.Warner and her sister, Anna Bartlett Warner author of the well known children s hymn, Jesus Loves Me, This I Know , began writing in 1849, in order to improve their family s financial situation Their work, for both children and adults, was largely evangelical Susan Bogert Warner is primarily remembered for her debut novel, The Wide, Wide World 1850 , although she wrote close to thirty additional titles, all under the pseudonym Elizabeth Wetherell.

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    Commentaires:

    Kendra
    The Wide Wide World was first published in 1852 and is said to be America’s first bestseller. But, the first I ever heard of it was while reading another book last month (Clockwork Angel by Cassandra Clare). I downloaded a free edition of The Wide Wide World to my Kindle and couldn’t wait to get into it.Then I couldn’t wait to finish it. This is a very difficult review to write because I am happy that I read and finished a classic novel BUT, I absolutely did not like what I was reading and [...]

    Todd
    I only read half of this book.If I had to read more of it I may not be alive today.

    Vanessa Baish
    i have such a complicated response to this book; it is so very long and so very limited to the narrator's spiritual struggle (and a struggle that is not familiar to, i think, contemporary readers) but it is also so very full of possibilities and the author's intelligence. the reader can see, in the detailed descriptions of domestic life, in the comparison between a country "bee" and an upperclass dance, and in warner's close reading of visual art, so many layers of the culture of the time. there [...]

    Elizabeth
    Feminist? #okaaaay. This book is the golden standard of the sentimental domestic, in which a chaste girl is taught to listen to everyone else about who should she be, and that she should especially trust in the wisdom of males---especially the Father Himself. A pinnacle of genre fiction and patriarchy by proxy.

    Frances N. Svoboda
    Lovely bookSo glad to have read this mild and well-written book. The ending,however, was abrupt. I would have liked a more detailed ending. Otherwise, I loved it.

    Melissa Hozey
    I read this book because it was such a bestseller in its day, and because Jo March read it and cried over it in Little Women. What was Jo thinking? The book is extremely Christian Victorian, which I can totally live with, and actually pretty well written, but the relationship between Ellen and John is SO CREEPY. I have a problem with a man molding a young child into exactly what he wants, not letting her have a single thought of her own, and then marrying her in the end. Gag! I gave it two stars [...]

    Hannah
    Wenn ich keine Hausarbeit darüber schreiben müsste, hätte ich es wohl nicht gelesen. Es war okay, und hat vermutlich auch die Zeit super wiedergespiegelt, wegen dem Konsum und der True Womanhood und ich verstehe zwar, dass das zeitgeschichtliche für Frauen akkurat war, aber es gibt definitv spannendere Romane - auch im Klassiker Genre. Ellen tat mir einerseits leid, und andererseits ging sie mir auf den Keks. Außerdem finde ich es extrem wie viel Religion mit im Spiel war. Die Leute haben j [...]

    Lisa
    The first few chapters of this book were a slight struggle for me to get through. It is incredibly preachy and sort of patronizing, I'm not used to reading that style. But once the story picked up and I got more used to the voice and narration I grew to really enjoy the book. It's incredibly moral and I found myself really inspecting my own life and seeing if I was truly behaving as a Christian in all the ways that little Ellen strives to. A compelling story full of countless inspiring lessons.

    Rebekah
    Suspiciously like Martha Finley's Elsie Dinsmore books. I suspect Finley was a bit of a plagiarist. My own professorial habit for sniffing out unacknowledged inspirations aside, this is the kind of book designed to make me feel like I'm seven again--which you can take as a positive or a negative, whichever you prefer.

    Dustin Hanvey
    One of two books I have not finished in my entire life. The other is Ulysses by James Joyce.

    Matthew Connolly
    I actually decided to read this because my distant cousin wrote it,it was heartfelt and sentimental,but also boring,and long-winded at times.

    Olga
    God's thoughtfulness as justification for all horrible things that happen and the religious moralism are beaten to death here.but my biggest issue with the book was basically its attempt to convince the reader that standing up for yourself is wrong. defending against unjust accusations is an act of excessive pride. staying quiet when others denigrate you is going to bring you acknowledgement and respect at the end (in what day and age has this ever been the case, I wonder). being endlessly contr [...]

    Skoora
    I wasn't sure I was going to enjoy this book when I began reading it. The style was detailed and dialog heavy, which I found at times to be very helpful in plot development, but there were other times when things seemed to drag on endlessly. Of course a growing affinity for Victorian Literature certainly helped me ignore several of the pitfalls of the period. In the end it was a tame plot, so that even menial things seemed gargantuan and it was through these moments that I became truly invested [...]

    Nicole G.
    This book took me forever, mainly because it made me so angry. I know it's a product of its time, but somehow, that doesn't make it better. Ellen is a girl of indeterminate age (we find out she's ten or eleven halfway through the book) whose mother is very sickly and must go abroad for her health. Her father feels very free to abandon her to an aunt she's never met, who harbors a grudge against her from the outset, due to her father marrying a Scottish woman. Lots of xenophobia in this book, lot [...]

    Lisa Murphy
    This is a deeply religious novel with a moral message: all life’s trials are sent by God, and to live a good life is to bow one’s head (as if in a snowstorm), and accept whatever weather God sends. It is a message of more than selflessness; it is a call to erase the self. Give all one has for others; that is God’s request. Well,times have changed. So what can we, in 2010, learn from this book? Certainly none of us (especially women!) want to head back to this kind of life, but, listen is i [...]

    Kathleen
    This is DREADFULLY preachy, and I can't believe Jo March ever really liked it and cried over it. Especially at 15 or 16 years old. It's also OVERLY tragical (poor Ellen gets separated from everyone and everything she cares about multiple times, more than once through death). And yet there are a few interesting things about it - sometimes the descriptions are quite vivid, and there are times when it WANTS to be a better book - there are descriptions of New England household life, for instance, an [...]

    Kristi
    I had a love/hate relationship with the book. At times I greatly enjoyed it. There were several entertaining and relatable vignettes. Several of the characters were likable, and these drew me into the story and kept me reading, but I loathed more characters than I liked. The novel was overly long, and as a twenty-first century woman many aspects of the book frustrated me deeply. Throughout the novel the main character is continually stifled and silenced. Her destiny is decided by rigid filial du [...]

    Meri
    This, unfortunately, is a book I'd be okay with never reading again. I love Louisa May Alcott and like Martha Finley, so when I read both authors praising The Wide, Wide World, I expected a book the teensiest bit similar to Jane Eyre. Boy, was I disappointed! Half-way through the third chapter and I was B-O-R-E-D. This book is devoid of humor, and reeks of melodrama. If you like classic literature, then go for it. If you have a love for light-hearted fun, don't read this unless you want to go to [...]

    Jill
    The Wide Wide World was one of America's first best sellers and I thought that sounded like something I should read. But it seems to me that this novel starkly highlights the author's lack of education or worldy experience. Throughout, it's nothing but a woman's--or really a girl's--world, filled with women's mundane daily activities: shopping, cooking, cleaning. It's in contrast to the title; I don't think Ellen experiences much of the wide, wide world. As a heroine, she's reactive and passive [...]

    Bookworm
    I have mixed feelings on this one, so bear with me. :) I liked the book, though I do disagree with some of it. For instance, the haughty Scottish relatives-they did not love her truly, or they would not have Forced her to do things she had good reason not to. That is not true love; and, the author's slight snobbery showed through in spots. The 'refined pure English accent' her brother made sure she had, for one. Because the Yankee accent was low. There are some other things, but I will stop. The [...]

    Emily A.
    The characters seem to exist only to be vehicles for the author to impart her religious values upon the reader. A successful domestic novel of the time (mid-19th Century), Warner's story makes it very clear that to be a female writer at that time one couldn't write anything that deviated from the pious. Perhaps that's what she wanted to write, but that still doesn't excuse how horrid the whole thing is. Perhaps as a modern woman, I don't understand many of the views and actions the so-called cha [...]

    Brandi
    I so very much wanted to like this but, and I truly thought that I would not only like it but love it, and be able to cherish it as one of my very favorite books. But sadly that was not the case. Although it has rave reviews from people whose opinions I highly respect, (such as Jo March and Elsie Dinsmore) I did not enjoy the story at all! It was long and tedious and slow and boring and did I mention long? And the piety of characters was not the kind that makes you want to be good yourself but i [...]

    Victoria Lynn
    This book is a must read for a young Christian girl. I read it when I was 14 and then again when I was 16. A beautiful, pastoral story with Scriptural truths that are inspiring. Though it is a long story and somewhat sad at times, it truly is wonderful. I try not to be made at the author, but the troubles she puts her characters through, does make for a good story! Would make a wonderful family read aloud.

    Erin
    This book provides a glimpse into a time when young girls were brainwashed into being submissive because it was supposedly what God wanted, and it would lead them to the ultimate goala rich husband. The story has value historically, but the writing is meandering and repetitive (how many times is Ellen going to meet a man who is a symbol for God and reinforces her submissiveness?), and its blatant message of accepting male domination made me want to throw it against a wall. Sure, this is how it w [...]

    Laura Garner
    I'll admit it, I love a good old-fashioned stuffily moral book, and enjoyed this one pretty well but I think you should have a solid understanding of actual Christianity to put up with the extended lectures and didacticism of "The Wide, Wide World." I felt for the heroine, a 10-year-old at the beginning of the story, who had way too many overbearing people telling her what her faults were (pretty much everything she did and every feeling she had). I felt a more appropriate ending would have been [...]

    Abbie
    This was difficult to get through only because of the language and the religious content. I'm glad that I read the book and I appreciate it more after reading a contemporary essay and criticism of the novel. In fact, the three star-review is only because of the appreciation gained from reading the review after I read the novel. I don't think I can recommend this book to anyone, however, I am glad that I read the book.

    Anna
    The story is a simple, and fairly common motif of a young girl growing up as an orphan, the friends she makes and the trials she passes through. Young Ellen is not such a charmer as Anne or even Rebecca but she is a very real girl and more like me in her challenges than I would like to admit sometimes. What I chiefly liked about this book was how it made me think about my own behavior as a "Rushlight".

    Merinde
    I wish I could give this less than one star. Not only was it a great reminder never to consider Christianity, what was much worse was the awfully dull writing. I downloaded this from Gutenberg without knowing what I was getting into, thinking it would be fun adventure novel from the title. How wrong I was. I put this on my horror shelf for the emotional abuse the girl went through was truly horrific, and worse yet, it was presented as The Right Thing. Ugh!

    Chelsea
    I read this for my American Renaissance and the Other at Butler University. This was a bestseller in the 1850s. It is a didactic "novel" about a young girl who is orphaned. There are plenty of tears--she cries, sometimes for petty reasons every couple of pages. She learns to be the proper Christian womanEnough said, I think.

    Thomas Arn
    Excellent story about a girl who loses her parents and has to live with other relatives. She comes to a saving knowledge of Jesus and learns what it means to follow Him with all of her heart in spite of many troubles and trials in life. It will challenge how you live your life for God and the integrity you have.

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