An Episode of Sparrowsby Rumer Godden
247 pages, Historical Fiction
Reviewed by Lady Meriwen
You'll enjoy the story, but you'll want to do some soul-searching afterwards.
PlotA little garden of her own. That is all that young Lovejoy wants, and with the help of Tip--the surprisingly gentle leader of a rough group of boys--she searches for a way to fulfill her dream. Lovejoy will have her garden, no matter what it takes.
MoralityLovejoy and Tip steal several times, but that's shown to be wrong. Good and evil are blurred only occasionally. In chapter 15 there is a beautiful exposition of the relationship--not necessarily sexual--between a man and a woman.
Spiritual ContentThe author seems to be coming from a Catholic worldview. After Lovejoy steals money from the church, she can't face the statue of Mary. Tip has a "spiritual" conversation with Lovejoy, but his religious ideas are confused.
ViolenceThere's a scuffle towards the end of the book, but it isn't graphically described.
Drug and Alcohol ContentWine is drunk in a fashionable setting.
Sexual ContentOne of the characters hints at the sexual activity of Lovejoy's mother.
Crude or Profane Language or ContentNone.
ConclusionThis is a sweet and sympathetic view of the life of London street children in the 1950s. It successfully avoids both sentimentality and harshness--and is powerful in a simple way.
|Written for Age:||11-12|
This review is brought to you by Lady Meriwen.
Read more reviews by Lady Meriwen