Mistress Masham's Repose

Mistress Masham's Repose

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by T. H. White, Fritz Eichenberg
     
 

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A young orphan, Maria, lives in a vast, dilapidated mansion with no one but a kindly cook, a distracted professor and a spiteful governess for company. That is, until she discovers a colony of tiny people - each no more than six inches high - living in secrecy on an overgrown island on the estate grounds. These people are Lilliputians, descended from those first

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A young orphan, Maria, lives in a vast, dilapidated mansion with no one but a kindly cook, a distracted professor and a spiteful governess for company. That is, until she discovers a colony of tiny people - each no more than six inches high - living in secrecy on an overgrown island on the estate grounds. These people are Lilliputians, descended from those first encountered in Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels. They are determined to keep their whereabouts hidden from the human world. But when they are accidentally discovered by an interfering governess and the scheming local vicar, they must join forces with Maria to save themselves from a terrible fate.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
“A masterpiece of narration, literary ingenuity, humor and satire.” —Commonweal

“I can think of few greater pleasures in reading aloud to a bookish child than to read that child first Gulliver’s Travels and then Mistress Masham right after.... It is a stunning book for a child to know.” —Noel Perrin

"It is literate, graceful and malicious…altogether a really charming contrivance."
— Diana Trilling

"Readers of earlier books by T.H. White (The Sword in the StoneWitch in the Wood, The Ill-made Knight) can expect the able recreation of period decor, the faculty of transmuting accepted literature into new life, elements of very human humor."
— Kirkus Reviews

"The action is shot through with humor, and the Lilliputians, with their eighteenth-century manner of speech and dress, are characters not soon forgotten."
— The Horn Book

"One of the finest, most magical and extraordinary children’s books ever written."
— Anne Fine, Children’s Laureate of Britain

“This is an exquisite filigree...As its Lilliputians would say, it is a Work to be held in high Esteam by all true Persons of Quality.” —Basil Davenport

“There is, in fact, nothing which can be said about the book except to praise it without limit.” —Thomas Sugrue

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590171035
Publisher:
New York Review Books
Publication date:
05/10/2004
Series:
New York Review Children's Collection Series
Pages:
255
Sales rank:
699,172
Product dimensions:
5.77(w) x 8.76(h) x 0.92(d)
Lexile:
1110L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


T. H. White (1906-1964) was an English author best known for his sequence of Arthurian novels, The Once and Future King, first published together in 1958. One of his most memorable stories is the first of that series, The Sword in the Stone, published as a stand-alone book in 1938.

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Mistress Masham's Repose 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Were reading this book in school its a funny good book love it!! The beginnings a little boring but the rest is amazing!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom loves this book. I decided to give it a go. (P. S. This is her rating.
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