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Ebook Winterbound by Margery Williams Bianco read! Book Title: Winterbound
The author of the book: Margery Williams Bianco
Language: English
Format files: PDF
ISBN 13: 9789997489371
The size of the: 622 KB
Edition: Viking Press
Date of issue: 1936
ISBN: 9997489373

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I am more than pleasantly surprised at how much I absolutely loved (and not simply enjoyed) Margery Williams' Winterbound (and I have just reread the novel for the fourth time, and once again, pure and utter sweet delight). The characterisation, the cadence, thematics etc. actually tend to remind me rather strongly of L.M. Montgomery and especially Kay and Garry (Margaret) are reminiscent of some of the former's strong female characters (Anne, Emily and Sara Stanley come to mind); but even supporting characters are nuanced and generally well if not perfectly well conceptualised. And I think the main reason why I adore Winterbound so much is precisely because it tells a nicely sweet and warm family story, and one where there does not need to be constant action in order to move along the plot, the narrative, and even in order to show both conflict and resolutions (much of the fiction of Lucy Maud Montgomery is also like this, also shows this very tendency, and that very similarity is what is endearing Winterbound to me so strongly and so lastingly). And for those who know me and who know my reading preferences and habits, if I claim that a children's or young adult book reminds me of L.M. Montgomery, this is probably the absolutely highest praise I can in any way or manner grant.

Also, and another reason for my intense and sweet enjoyment of Winterbound, while certain perhaps dated ideas do of course and by mere necessity exist, these are not overt (and never nasty or grating). For instance, it might not be all that politically correct for the African American maids who were employed at the local resorts and hotels to have been called "coloured" but guess what, that was the way African Americans were generally referred as at that time, and it is rather majorly and appreciatively avant-garde and progressive that Edna gives them free taxi rides to town (although she has to unfortunately keep mum about this in the presence of her "old ladies").

I guess I should (my absolute love of this novel notwithstanding) warn potential readers thereof that hunting (and rather specifically fox hunting) is repeatedly depicted and presented. However, while hunting is described, and also to a point condoned, Neal (the main "hunter" in Winterbound) actually seems very responsible and Garry herself is quite against hunting altogether (but hunting for foxes, and selling their pelts, while repugnant to many of us perhaps, also makes a world of difference financially-wise to a struggling family like the Rowes). What I do find both heartening and of much social and historic interest is that Margery Williams' Winterbound is one of the earliest children's books I have read that presents the difference between responsible and irresponsible hunting behaviour (for example, it is pointed out that is is better to have a black or a yellow cat because a tabby coloured cat can often end up shot due to the fact that many hunters just shoot at anything that moves, something that Neal does NOT do and strongly and very vocally criticises).

And finally, while Winterbound is a novel written during the Depression era, it fortunately and happily is for all intents and purposes a positive and uplifting story, so very much unlike the doom and gloom historical fiction children's books about the Depression that seem to be all the rage nowadays (I am talking about recent historical children's literature offerings about the Depression). Maybe we should consider that while the Depression might have been an era of want and poverty, it was perhaps not automatically an era of pain and cynicism (and that poverty was not always horrible either). My only and very minor (insignificant) personal complaint, is that Winterbound is simply much too short for me, and that there are no sequels. I wanted more, and I still want more. Very very warmly and highly recommended, and not just for children either!

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Ebook Winterbound read Online! Margery Williams Bianco was an English-American author, primarily of popular children's books. A professional writer since the age of nineteen, she achieved lasting fame at forty-one with the 1922 publication of the classic that is her best-known work, The Velveteen Rabbit.

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