Mistress Masham's Repose

Mistress Masham's Repose


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“She saw: first, a square opening, about eight inches wide, in the lowest step…finally, she saw that there was a walnut shell, or half one, outside the nearest door…. She went to look at the shell—but looked with the greatest astonishment. There was a baby in it.”

So ten-year-old Maria, the orphaned mistress of Malplaquet, discovers the secret of her deteriorating estate: On a deserted island at its far corner, in the temple long ago nicknamed Mistress Masham’s Repose, lives an entire community of people—“the People,” as they call themselves—all only inches tall. With the help of her only friend—the absurdly erudite Professor—Maria soon learns that this settlement is no less than the kingdom of Lilliput (first seen in Gulliver’s Travels) in exile. Safely hidden for centuries, the Lilliputians are at first endangered by Maria’s well-meaning but clumsy attempts to make their lives easier, but their situation grows truly ominous when they are discovered by Maria’s greedy guardians, who look at the People and see only a bundle of money.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781681370064
Publisher: New York Review Books
Publication date: 10/25/2016
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 519,727
Product dimensions: 7.60(w) x 5.20(h) x 0.30(d)
Lexile: 1110L (what's this?)
Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

About the Author

T(erence) H(anbury) White (1906-1964) was born in Bombay, India, and educated at Cambridge University. His childhood was unhappy—”my parents loathed each other,” he later wrote—and he became a solitary person with a deep fund of strange lore and unusual enthusiasms. Fascinated by medieval life and legend, White taught himself Latin shorthand and translated a Latin bestiary. He taught himself the ancient art of falconry, which he wrote about in his book The Goshawk. Indeed, it was as a writer that he became famous, most of all for The Once and Future King, his wonderful retelling of the stories of King Arthur. An exceptional fisherman, an airplane pilot, and a deep-sea diver, T. H. White seemed to follow the same advice he has Merlin give in The Once and Future King: “The best thing for being sad is to learn something.”

Fritz Eichenberg (1901-1990) was born and raised in Germany, where he became a successful political cartoonist. The rise of Hitler made him worry about his family’s safety, and in 1933 he left Germany for the United States, where he illustrated classics such as Crime and Punishment and Wuthering Heights, along with the pages of Dorothy Day’s radical news-sheet The Catholic Worker. Eichenberg also founded the Pratt Graphic Arts Center in Manhattan. He considered his teaching work “ a debt I have paid off to this country. . . . I’m very fond of America as a country that has welcomed so many people from different parts of the world without asking questions.”

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Mistress Masham's Repose 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
helenjoan on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Mum gave me a copy she read to me as a child which she had illustrated copying the original illustrations by Fritz Eichenburg in the 1946 edition. The year I was born done in pen and ink, line drawings and this edition has the original illustrations. The stately home where an orphan is sent is modelled on Blenheim Palace and Stowe Public School and is wonderful. Gulliver's Lilliputians get into the story and there is an absent minded professor. It appeals to adults and is totally delightful.
kcslade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Pretty good fantasy of a good girl who meets up with Lilliputians.
aelfgifu on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this book and loved it as a child, but hadn't seen it for many, many years. Was absolutely delighted to discover that it is even better when read as an adult. It is crammed with clever historical references, wry comic observations of class and mid-20th century social customs and the joyous eccentricities of place names in the English countryside. These were completely wasted on me as an 8-year-oldThe premise is that the sea captain who rescued Gulliver from Lilliput (and who received some tiny cattle for his trouble) returned to the island and captured a handful of the little people. The Lilliputians escaped and found a hiding place in Mistress Masham's Repose, an overgrown island in a lake on the grounds of a vast and derelict stately home. Two hundred years later, their descendants are discovered by the spirited orphan Maria, the heiress of the ruined mansion. It has a lively plot involving Maria's lost inheritance, her nasty and cruel guardians, the heroic and resourceful Lilliputians and the funniest, sweetest, most absent-minded professor ever.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Were reading this book in school its a funny good book love it!! The beginnings a little boring but the rest is amazing!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My mom loves this book. I decided to give it a go. (P. S. This is her rating.
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