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Harriet, Hope Valley College Borrowers

The Land of Neverendings

I struggled with this until about halfway through, when I suddenly got it. Up till then I thought it was a charming children's book, if a bit cringily twee, and not much more. But then I remembered how much I loved The Borrowers and their whole imaginative world when I was little, and I realised I was coming at it from the wrong perspective. I also thought of grown-up friends who have lost a child, and personal experience of loss and grief, and I started to feel differently about it. By the end I was quite wrapped up in the story, and felt quite satisfied by the ending. I sympathised with Emily and understood her longing to see Bluey and Holly, and I felt for Ruth as she wrestled with letting go after many years of grieving. And I liked that, at the end, there was no trite recovery, but soothing and comfortable reconciliation with loss which made it more bearable.

Posted on: 9th May 2019 at 09:23 am

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