This is my third post about 2015’s books for The Classics Club. I’ll be reading one classic book a month through 2018. Track what I’m reading for the Classics Club here. I’ll try not to include too many spoilers in my review but I may need to discuss some in order to fully review the book. I’ll warn you if I’m going to mention one.
The Door in the Wall by Marguerite de Angeli
I was so desperate to actually publish this post in June (making it the first time since book #5 in May 2014 that I’ve managed to do that) that I took this picture with Mark, after he’d fallen asleep tonight. Luckily, we cosleep so his bed is my bed and I could easily lie down next to him! 🙂
- Year Published: 1949
- Reread? Or new to me?: new to me
- Number of Pages: 121
- Date Finished: 6/4/15
- Number of Days it took me to read it: 3
- Page/Day ratio: 40:1 (I could have read it in one sitting if my brain hadn’t been completely fried by Les Miserables.)
- Will I reread this?: Perhaps yes, if/when my kids read it.
My plan all along has been to read a Newbery Award winner following each huge classic I read, knowing that I will probably need a break from the really difficult books. This was the first time I tested out my plan and it is a sound one. I went on an easy reading fiction binge following my slog through Les Miserables and The Door in the Wall was just the right book for me to read.
I’ve seen this book recommended for kids in several places recently. Because it’s not one I read during my childhood, I decided to read it, particularly to preview it for Ellie and Mark. My verdict? I loved the, “it doesn’t matter if you’re disabled, you will find your own way,” message. I was less enthralled with the focus on war, and in particular the demonizing of the Scots and the Welsh while upholding the English as perfect. Certainly, if/when we do read this, we’ll need to talk about how every country/people sees themselves as right and their enemies as wrong. I’m sure the Welsh and the Scots would write a different version of the story!
How about you? Have you read much about this particular time in the history of the Scots/Welsh/English?
Would you like to join me in reading Till We Have Faces by C.S. Lewis in July? I recently heard someone recommend this book, with the caveat that you have to read it several times to really understand it. So I think I’d better get started!