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The Xanadu Adventure

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2005

    Pure Nostalgia

    I must admit, this isn't remotely Lloyd Alexander's best. It's not even close. It's not even worth five stars unless you've read and loved all of Vesper Holly's adventures since you were a little girl. If you're like me and you're around thirty and that describes you, this is the most fitting conclusion to the series Alexander could offer. If you've never read Vesper Holly, begin at the beginning with <i>The Illyrian Adventure</i> and travel with her all the way to the end of all of her adventures before picking up this title. This is truly a nostalgia piece in which Vesper's last adventure touches on each of her previous journeys. Inside jokes abound and it leads to a very appropriate conclusion. What I respect the most is how Lloyd Alexander let our favorite late 19th-century feminist get married (it's hardly a spoiler...believe me, it's pretty obvious it's coming) and have a baby. This Vesper is still our feminist hero and yet she settles down to have her own family. She has it all. Vesper is all of us...what we want for ourselves and for our daughters. I cried at the end...with joy for Vesper who I imagined myself to be as a child. Share her adventures with every girl you meet. This title, however, should be saved until the end of high school or, better, after graduating college. It is the Vesper we are not yet ready to become until we're older and wiser. To suggest this title too soon would be to counteract the power of Vesper's story: that girls are every bit as smart (and often smarter) than boys.

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