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Gwen Gwen Gascoyne I want Gwen Gascoyne Wow What a beginning And most of the Angela Brazil books I ve been reading have begun just as dramatically Good show In this case as you might have guessed young teen British schoolgirl Gwen Gascoyne is about to be informed that smack in the middle of the term, she s being promoted from the Lower School Fourth Form to the Upper School Fifth Form What an honor what a perilous honor can she live up to it The teachers seem to think she can, so she s game to t [...]
Three familiar Brazil plots in one the new girl who finds a form relentlessly opposed to her, the girl of good family struggling under upper middle class ideas of poverty one servant, however will we afford the fees of top schools but with great talent for academics or games or both, and best of all, the protagonist who commits a sin error of judgement at the beginning, doesn t own up to it, and ends up digging herself deeper and deeper and deeperGwen s sufferings both as social outcast and as s [...]
This is a book from a much earlier era, where school girls actually tried to be moral and ethical and when it wasn t a subject of ridicule to try to be honest and work hard I like that part about the book On the other hand, the writing is saccharine and overbearingly descriptive in places But, since I am quite interested in books about schools, that aspect of the book was still worth reading for me It was a time when competition for school prizes was about real scholarship, not just high scores [...]
Ah Now this is the kind of story I love the pure innocence of boarding school girls, where exams and tennis results are all they strive for Gwen is a great character, one who builds her place in her new form gradually and believably she struggles with a terrible secret, unwelcome friendship, and a whole lot of growing up It was a pleasant one to spend the afternoon, reading a free copy of this on my kindle
This book reminded me of one series that I had loved reading What Katy Did during my teenage years, even when the pages were torn from the sides and a few were missing probably because of years of mishandling at my grandparents home Read reviews of other books on my blog Ethereal Jinxed This book explores how the well meaning intention of teachers having kids jump one class makes it emotionally challenging for them to adjust Don t we all remember our neighborhood Sharma ji ka Beta during our chi [...]
For an early twentieth century story written for tweens, this is an enjoyable read A story by a woman, for school girls, and about school girls, this book lets readers see what it meant to be a girl around the turn of the century Brazil writes interesting personalities for the Gwen, Beatrice, and Winnie, and I wish her plot had utilized them Overall, the plot is simple, most characters are one dimensional, and all problems wrap up in a tritely pristine conclusion Still, I enjoyed following this [...]
A pretty much perfect jolly hockysticks tale about the importance of girls being plucky, honest and kind A quick, easy read which was enhanced in my case by having found a 1917 copy in a second hand book shop Pure indulgence.
These school stories are fascinating period pieces Brazil gave girl readers their own world, one untainted by boys, complete, fulfulling, and so very, very happy as long as one conformed.
I do believe Gwen Gascoyne is a bit of a crybaby Netta Goodwin is one of the biggest twits in the story.