I haven't finished reading Girl of the Limberlost yet, but I still want to record some of my thoughts. I've had the best of intentions of participating every month of the reading challenge, and I've did horrible so far!
Back in January, when the reading list for the year was posted, I looked Girl of the Limberlost up on my library's online catalog, and saw that they had it. When I went to check it out, I realized that if I'd looked closer, I would have realized it was for the VHS of Girl of the Limberlost. So, as much as I detest computer book reading, that what's I've been doing. If I had a working VCR, I would have cheated and simply watched the movie. I'll be honest, and say that since I've mostly enjoyed the story, I do want to know how it ends, but I'll probably skim the rest. I've made it about halfway through at this point.
I'm a big sucker for sugar sweet writing. Of the few books I've read from this time period, they seem to capture that sweetness at it's best.
""It's Christmas for you, too, Margaret!" He shook out fold after fold of soft gray satiny goods that would look lovely against Margaret's pink cheeks and whitening hair. "Oh, you old darling!" she exclaimed, and fled sobbing into his arms."
That's just so sweet I had to snicker when I read it. I actually laughed a good bit throughout my reading!
"To send them a beautiful book, that is the way, is it not, little new friend of mine?"
"Then because she was a woman, she sat on a log and looked at her shoes."
"She's out there laughing like a blamed monkey!" he whispered indignantly."
I did find the writing a bit confusing at times. There were scenes in which it seemed like girls were being cruel to Elnora, but then they would all laugh, and I realized that wasn't the case. There were plenty of times when it wasn't clear what was happening, though.
Freckles was mentioned a good bit, and since I haven't read that book, I was extremely confused as to who he was/is, and what happened to him. Maybe I'll discover the answer with my skimming of the remainder of the story.
Overall, I enjoyed the story, but it definitely wasn't my favorite kind of writing. If I'd had an actual copy of the book in my hands, it's very possible I would have enjoyed it more.