This is a rather surprising work by L Frank Baum of Wizard of Oz fame , writing under a pseudonym The basic plot is a bit contrived a rich old woman invites her three nieces to visit so that she can decide to whom to will her estate The characters are a little stereotypical but decently drawn The three girls and the the aunt go through some character development in the course of the novel, but the greatest change comes to the nephew of the old woman s late fiance, who is an ill tolerated dependent of her The twists and turns in the plot have less to do with the characters than with sudden reconsiderations of the financial status of Aunt Jane, her long lost brother John, and the dead fiance s nephew A good read butof a literary novelty than something that I would recommend to a friend.
First In A Series Of Novels For Adolescent Girls Written By Edith Van Dyne, A Penname Of L Frank Baum, Following The Exploits Of The Three Teenaged Nieces Of Jane Merrick, A Wealthy, Elderly, Difficult Invalid Woman Who Calls Them To Visit Her, So She Can Decide Who Will Inherit Her Estate Luisterboek Jane Merrick is oud en ziek en beseft dat ze niet lang meer te leven heeft Ze woont in een prachtig landhuis en is erg rijk Dit alles heeft ze ge rfd van haar toenmalige verloofde, Tom, die korte tijd voor ze zouden trouwen, betrokken was in een treinongeval en overleed Jane is nooit getrouwd Nu nodigt ze haar 3 nichtjes, de dochters van haar broer en zusters, uit om bij haar te logeren Ze wil hen leren kennen om zo te kunnen beslissen aan wie ze haar rijkdom zal nalaten Ook de neef van Tom, Kenneth Forbes, woont bij haar, maar ze kan de jongen niet uitstaan Eigenlijk zou hij alles moeten erven, maar daar wil Jane niet van weten Ontspannend boek met enkele verrassende wendingen Het is het eerste boek over de belevenissen van de drie nichtjes.
I didn t expect much when I started, reading it half in jest to my Grandmother But as I continued the book grabbed our attention and has held it well Aside from the odd slang term that is no longer used, the book is well written and easy to understand The characters are lively and have a few biting quips now and again.
This is a book I ve been meaning to read for some years, and now I m very pleased to have done it Although stale tropes, archaic gender roles, and a brief moment of antisemitism lose it the perfect score it would otherwise have earned, L Frank Baum s jovial good humour and frank writing are unmistakable I had long wondered how these seemingly trite stories could have and did rival that author s Oz stories in popularity at the time Now, I needn t wonder any longer This was a fun, merry book, and I ve enjoyed it immensely I m glad that, unlike Van Dyne s original readers, I don t have to wait for the next installment.
Fun book Very much in the same fashion and moral character as the Wizard of Oz books Fun book The same fashion and moral character as the Wizard of Oz booksThis is the first of the Aunt Jane s Nieces books.
A wicked old woman debates which of her three nieces she should will her fortune too The girls come to live with her A surprise ending.
Frank Baum wrote a series of books for girls under the pseudonym of Edith Van Dyne Who knew This old fashioned story, first published in 1906 by the OZ creator L Frank Baum using the pseudonym Edith Van Dyne is a whimsically pleasant reading in spite of a transparent plot full of unstated, unexamined yet obvious moralizing and stock characters Among the messages which may or may not be worthy of uncritical absorption Don t judge a book by its cover material poverty does not equal poverty of the spirit kindness will be rewarded honest labor is honorable family ties, even if not nurtured for years, can still be potent deceptive behavior in a character is acceptable if the character intends no harm and if the plot requires it rich people can employ non relatives as servants for many years and it is perfectly okay to make few or no provisions in a will for them a young woman would want piano lessons education is desirable artistic talent can exist but would flourish better with supplies and the like it is logical to look for an heir first among blood relatives gratitude is not required in all circumstances generosity is good and the poor can be generous as well as the rich for a rich person, it s okay to interfere in a poor person s life anonymously behind the scenes, even to the extent of getting them fired and choosing and furnishing aupscale residence for them Etc etc etc Some of the characters lean exceedingly heavily toward stereotypes, but just barely and I truly mean JUST and BARELY fall short of completely fulfilling those same stereotypes at certain moments The Saint stock character is Patsy who can be stubborn and righteous The crotchety old spinster invalid is Aunt Jane Merrick who can be softened by the Saint The stock poor relations exist The ugly stepsister role is actually warped into the stock nieces role but the stock character trap is softened considerably in this case since they prove themselves a bitmultifaceted than one might expect as the plot unfolds The long lost rich relative slot appears The spoiled, neglected child with makings of a prince slot is filled by Kenneth The loyal servant role is filled by Misery and dramatically by the crazed dazed gardener And of course there is the dutiful family lawyer who has a long memory Still, as unrealistic as this story is, the dialog is strong and the predictable resolutions with justice and or goodness triumphing, is embarrassingly comforting.
I read the E Book Duke Classic using the library Overdrive This is the first book I have read using my phone screen start to finish The library understandably if lamentably did not have any paperback or hardcover versions of this not well remembered series by the however still remembered author L Frank Baum I d rather hold a real book instead of straining my eyes on my IPhone but without the electronic version, I wouldn t have had access to this reading experience is it still okay to call it a book at this time, so for that, how can I not muster at least some small measure of wonder and grudging appreciation at this brave new book world