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Gentle Julia

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Excerpt: ...he faltered. "You wouldn't do anything all evening except dance with that old Clairdyce and listen to him trying to sing." But Julia ... Show synopsis

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Overall customer rating: 3.000
AlmaD

Hilarity with Children

by AlmaD on Feb 11, 2011

This is a delightfully funny book since Booth Tarkington, as those who have read Penrod and Penrod and Sam know, has a real ear for the comic in children's conversation. Gentle Julia is the foil for the real story, which centers on the thought processes of her very active niece, Florence Atwater, who is working hard so that Julia choose's Florence's favorite as her (Julia's) husband. Florence goes to extreme lengths in this endeavor. Sadly, Tarkington, who wrote this book in 1922, portrays the maid at the Atwater house in the same way that African Americans tended to be portrayed in the movies in the 1920s and 1930s, warm hearted, good source for comedy, and fit for the company of children only. Nevertheless, it is impossible not to laugh at Kitty Silver's interactions with the busybody Florence, which begin right off in the first chapter of the book. This an archaic but very fun read.

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