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The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris
     

The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris

by Garfield
 

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Leon Garfield (1921-96) is considered one of the most innovative writers of historical fiction, and his work has entertained generations of readers.

"Reissuing Leon Garfield's novels is a great gift." (Suzanne Fisher Staples)

"Leon Garfield is unmatched for sheer, exciting storytelling." (Lloyd Alexander)

"A mad eighteenth-century farce is set in

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Leon Garfield (1921-96) is considered one of the most innovative writers of historical fiction, and his work has entertained generations of readers.

"Reissuing Leon Garfield's novels is a great gift." (Suzanne Fisher Staples)

"Leon Garfield is unmatched for sheer, exciting storytelling." (Lloyd Alexander)

"A mad eighteenth-century farce is set in motion . . . A wildly funny and clever work by a master off confusion." (The Horn Book)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Two Leon Garfield novels are now available in hardcover and paperback editions. In The Strange Affair of Adelaide Harris (1971), the author describes, with wit and droll humor, two 18th-century schoolboys' experiment to see if a wolf will adopt and nourish a baby; originally published in the U.S. as Footsteps (1980), John Diamond relates the tale of young William Jones, who desperately seeks John Diamond, the son of a man wronged by William's father. ( Apr.) Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
A first look at this book is intriguing. The cover shows an eighteenth-century maid and her wooer in the midst of a shocking, hands-up-in-the-air discovery—a baby abandoned in the woods. The back cover includes glowing reviews so that the reader is ready to dig into a "rip-roaring eighteenth-century farce" by a writer thankfully brought back for a new generation of readers to enjoy. Hmmm. Two schoolboys, Harris and his thick-headed sidekick, Bostock, of Mr. Bunion's Academy, hear a tale of ancient Sparta—that infants were left exposed to the elements and in one case raised by wolves—and decide to act out the scenario with Harris' baby sister, Adelaide. Mix plot with such characters as Tizzy, the young maiden, the Bunion family, a peg-legged inspector, a lovesick classics instructor and a drunken nurse and the read should be a good one. Unfortunately, the writing style is so antiquated that today's young reader would consider wading through the wordiness a waste of time and effort. See for yourself—"Thus it happened that, with nothing in the way to halt him, Ralph Bunion, still laughing savagely, flew a goodish way across the declivity before coming down and striking the ground with his face." Adults may read this book, but it is difficult to imagine it promoting a love for reading in a young person. 2001 (orig. 1971), Sunburst/Farrar Straus Giroux, $6.95. Ages 10 to 16. Reviewer: Judy Crowder

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780374471217
Publisher:
Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Publication date:
04/16/2001
Edition description:
1ST SUNBUR
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.62(h) x 0.53(d)
Age Range:
12 Years

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Leon Garfield (1921-96) is considered one of the most innovative writers of historical fiction, and his work has entertained generations of readers.

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