Friday, April 06, 2007

Spring Reading Thing-Book Review: Charlotte's Web

Spring Reading Thing 2007

Earlier this evening, I was just telling Cee Cee that I will be reading Charlotte's Web this weekend, but it turns out that I couldn't wait that long and decided do it straight away. I finished this delightful work by E.B. White in over 2 hours.

I would like to echo Eudora Welty, The New York Times Book Review (bold is mine): "What the book is about is friendship on earth, affection and protection, adventure and miracle, life and death, trust and treachery, pleasure and pain, and the passing of time. As a piece of work it is just about perfect, and just about magical in the way it is done."

Charlotte's web literally made all the differences in Wilbur's (the pig) life. It's a blend of happiness, loneliness, sacrifices in friendship -- all in one beautiful and precious package. I cried as I was approaching the 'finishing line' when the book is about to end. This fine 1952 work is not to be missed. I will definitely re-read it.

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