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Little Lord Fauntleroy (1885, 1886) by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a beloved children's novel that made a huge impact on the 19th century public, shaping everything from boys' clothing fashions to copyright law. Cedric Errol is a generous, kind, and exemplary middle-class American boy who is suddenly found to be the heir of the Earl of Dorincourt. Saying loving goodbyes toLittle Lord Fauntleroy (1885, 1886) by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a beloved children's novel that made a huge impact on the 19th century public, shaping everything from boys' clothing fashions to copyright law. Cedric Errol is a generous, kind, and exemplary middle-class American boy who is suddenly found to be the heir of the Earl of Dorincourt. Saying loving goodbyes to his working-class friends, Cedric goes to England together with his mother to embrace his new fortune. His grandfather, the old earl, is a bitter old man ridden with gout and a foul temper, trusting no one. However the angelic boy elicits a profound transformation in the grandfather, which not only benefits the castle household but the whole populace of the earldom.If only the old man's heart would soften toward Cedric's estranged mother, the family would be healed at last. And when another potential heir to the earldom makes a claim, it seems that everything is lost....But all things are possible through a child's innocent trust, true friendship, and unconditional love....

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ISBN : 9781934169230
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Number of Pages : 164 Pages
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Little Lord Fauntleroy Reviews

  • Marilyn
    2019-05-22 23:11

    This is a really silly book that caused a generation of little boys to have to suffer through long hair and white lace collars. Cedric, aka Little Lord Fauntleroy, is a goody good good little boy. His mother is perfect too. I bet thousands of little boys in the 1880's wanted this book to disappear.

  • Casey Costello
    2019-04-26 20:14

    The fact that Frances Hodgson Burnett's "Little Lord Fauntleroy" was such a sensation in the 1880s says as much about the contrast between the late Victorian Era and today as any anthropological study could.The story centers around Cedric Errol, a kind, optimistic young boy who lives with his mother in modest circumstances in New York City, and is friends with just about everyone he meets. One day, he learns that he is actually Lord Fauntleroy, the heir apparent to become Earl of Dorincourt, and he then moves to England to live with his hardened, misanthropic grandfather, who has already made up his mind to dislike the child before he even meets him. Moreover, he hates the boy's mother, whom he blames for alienating his now-deceased son's affection, and whom he refuses ever to meet when she comes to England with her son. Cedric's mother, however, is as good and kind as her son, and wishes him to think the best of his grandfather, knowing that he could not comprehend malice in anyone, so she conceals his grandfather's true feelings from him.Cedric, now Lord Fauntleroy, begins to make changes at Dorincourt and for the impoverished tenants who live in the slums of the surrounding village owned by the Earl that improve everyone's lives and earn Fauntleroy great admiration from everyone he meets; however, he attributes every positive change to his grandfather's benevolence, and believes that everyone's admiration is a reflection of how generous an Earl his grandfather is, not knowing that the Earl is, in fact, universally detested by his people as a tyrant.Over time, Cedric's optimism, kindness, and refusal to believe in the slightest aspersion on his grandfather's character actually begins to change his grandfather, the Earl, into the man whom his grandson believes him to be. In Burnett's typical fashion, there is a plot twist which complicates matters, before reaffirming that, indeed, goodness and charity will always overcome deceit, greed, and evil, and that, moreover, being around positivity can actually change one's entire nature from wicked to good.Although often overlooked by contemporary scholars in favor of Burnett's admittedly more complex "The Secret Garden," "Little Lord Fauntleroy" is nevertheless still worthy of reading and study. In fact, the Earl's transformation in "Little Lord Fauntleroy" is in some ways similar to Mary Lennox's or Colin Craven's transformation in "The Secret Garden," only in that book it was the positive energy embodied in the secret garden, and in the character of Dickon, which served as the impetus for Mary's and Colin's personality transformations, and which were able to unlock the goodness and purity of spirit which had always been latent within them."Little Lord Fauntleroy" is very similar to another later best-selling book, Eleanor H. Porter's "Pollyanna," and its themes and message are in many ways quite similar, so much so that Cedric Errol and Pollyanna Whittier can be seen as essentially the male and female counterpoints of each other. That book, too, while a sensation in its day, is more often than not the source of derision rather than study today, with the term "Pollyanna" becoming synonymous with delusional, if not insufferable, positivity and belief in goodness in the face of despair and misfortune. Perhaps that is a more realistic, if cynical, view of both "Pollyanna" and "Little Lord Fauntleroy," but I happen to have enjoyed both of them thoroughly. And if you've read and enjoyed one, you're likely to enjoy the other."Little Lord Fauntleroy" may be a relic of a genteel era so far removed from our modern culture that it may be laughable to some, but for others, myself included, it's a pleasant reminder that there exists in the world, without any trace of irony, some texts which reaffirm a belief in the fundamental decency of people and the transformative power of goodness, charity, and optimism.

  • Deborah Ideiosepius
    2019-04-28 21:56

    This long standing children's classic story is another from "Mrs Burnett" that has totally stood the test of time. While the rags to riches story is almost a cliche today, in this story it is well enough done to be fresh and interesting, even to the most jaded 21st century palate. It is almost the prototype, so, while there are no unexpected twists in the story and no one truly can doubt the ending, the journey there is as comfortable, pleasant and enjoyable as sinking into a well loved comfy sofa.Most people who like books written historically and who enjoy children's novels should enjoy this one, I think however there may be a few things one has to accept and Little lord Fauntleroy himself, I suspect, is likely to be the sticking point for some modern readers. Cedric Errol is an unbelievably sweet, good and loving seven year old without any vice in a way that I think is unbelievable in the extreme. This level of romanticised childhood is very historically correct for the Victorian era in which it was written and even more so for the Edwardian era which followed.This is the only one of the authors three best known children's books in which part of the story is set in America and which mentions the tensions between the two nations. The American portion was well written, as you would expect from the Author, who herself lived in America. As a historical read it is light but fascinating. The brief mentions of the sailing ship which brought Cedric and his mother to England, the estate his grandfather owned and the power he has over his lands and tenants is interesting to people who like that sort of thing.As I do, I always enjoy re-reading this one.

  • Mary Frances
    2019-05-21 19:53

    My 8 yr old son read this book last week and told me that I "must, must, must read this book!" He was literally jumping up and down! I picked it up last night and stayed up much too late reading it and then finished it first thing this morning. I loved every single character. Yes, no child is as good as Fauntleroy, but neither is any mother as good as Dearest, nor all grandfathers as selfish as the Earl. This book is not about the person that we are, but about the person that we want to be.

  • Manybooks
    2019-04-26 21:15

    Calling a child (and of course, this is most usually and generally a young boy) a Little Lord Fauntleroy often tends to be a bit derogatory and it can even insinuate that one thinks, that one believes the youngster in question to be supposedly rather spoiled, precocious and given to sometimes annoyingly prim and proper, rather arrogant airs and graces. But actually and truly, this is is an unfortunate attitude and labelling that is in fact and indeed pretty well a majorly and strangely ironic misnomer, as little Cedric Eroll, the main protagonist of Frances Hodgson Burnett's 1886 novel Little Lord Fauntleroy is for all intents and purposes anything but spoiled (for far from being the latter, far from from acting and behaving in an arrogantly entitled fashion, young Cedric actually shows a wonderful and much enviable combination of British nobility and American spirit, a sense of justice, an appreciation and support of opportunity for all).And with her novel, with Little Lord Fauntleroy, Frances Hodgson Burnett (who was born in England and then immigrated to the United States of America with her family as a child) draws heavily and most appreciatively on her own personal experiences in both England and the USA, examining in a gentle but nevertheless critical manner the prejudices of both the Americans and the English (not only towards each other, but actually also in a more general and global manner of depiction and description), analysing concepts of class, social structure, nobility, presenting the importances of family, filial love and affection (and how young and American born Cedric, with his exuberance, his gentle determinedness, his willingness to love and be loved, is able to win over his aristocratic English grandfather and his rigid, stodgy and often even nastily uncompromising ideals of class and social structure, always remaining staunchly American to a point, but also easily and joyfully adopting the best and most worthwhile tenets of Britishness, of aristocratic tradition, emerging as a wonderful and in all things grand and good combination of both). Now while at first, young Cedric with his lovable and emotionally overflowing demeanour, his affectionate means and ways (inherited mostly from his beloved American mother, a woman utterly and vehemently despised by the grandfather, by the Earl of Dorincourt, simply for being an American and co-called commoner) does have a strained and a trifle strange relationship with his grandfather (who had never been in any way close to his own three sons and thus does not really know what to make of Cedric, and how to act in his presence, how to approach him), slowly and sweetly, the two manage to forge a mutual understanding and appreciation of one another, with the Earl of Dorincourt increasingly allowing himself to love Cedric, to show and react with affection and tenderness, and Cedric also begins to understand his own, his British aristocratic background a bit more, becoming a bit more subdued and thoughtful, but still never losing sight of who he is, of his American inheritance and culture (with the Frances Hodgson Burnett presenting in Cedric her wished for ideals of what the British aristocracy should be and should strive for, namely compassionate, understanding and responsible privilege, a caring and yes even a loving attitude towards all, but especially towards tenants, domestic help, those working underneath and for the earls, the barons, the landed gentry, a trifle paternalistic perhaps at times, but still an attitude to be feted and an attitude much more acceptable and in all ways superior to the attitude that Cedric's grandfather, that the Earl of Dorincourt had shown in the beginning, in the opening chapters of Little Lord Fauntleroy.And now finally, while if I were to read Little Lord Fauntleroy simply as a story by itself and in and of itself, I would most probably be ranking the novel with a low to medium four stars, compared to my two favourite Frances Hodgson Burnett classics, compared to both The Secret Garden and A Little Princess, Little Lord Fauntleroy while definitely a lovely and engaging tale, a sweet enough and readable story, is still not quite as yet equally magical and spectacular, and thus, a highly rated (and perhaps even a bit guilty so) three stars is what I will choose, and do stand by having chosen (for sometimes, Cedric really is just a bit too good to be true, a bit too perfect, an adorable little boy, no doubt, but also someone at times rather too much obvious perfection, as even Sara Crewe in A Little Princess has her episodes of despair and silently endured angry frustration, not to mention how increasingly nuanced with both negativity and positiveness, most of the main characters of The Secret Garden are generally presented by Frances Hodgson Burnett as being).

  • Clare
    2019-05-23 15:05

    One of my most favorite books ever, and I'm not sure why... I just found it to be a very sweet story, and one I would recommend. If anything, it's because Fauntleroy is so much fun to say. Go on, say it!

  • Emma
    2019-05-04 20:14

    I read this for a reading challenge. I was alternately feeling charmed and then revolted by this child. A large part of me felt I would instantly dislike such a paragon. But for my sins, I am a Primary School teacher and I must admit, you do occasionally get the most gorgeous and angelic child come through the system, so I cant say it’s impossible!

  • Emily
    2019-05-15 18:00

    This is most certainly a Burnett book, with its theme of pure, innocent goodness overcoming greed and maliciousness (not to mention the theme of beauty being associated with goodness). For the first couple of chapters, I really thought that I wasn't going to like this one. I still don't think it holds a candle to "The Secret Garden," or even "A Little Princess," but it did grow on me a bit. I have a couple of complaints:1. Maybe this is my own sexism rearing its ugly head, but I did not enjoy reading about a boy as much as I enjoyed reading the girl stories. I know its the point of the story, but I really felt like he was just TOO good. I put up with the same kind of irritating perfection from Sara Crewe in "A Little Princess," but for some reason it grated on me more here. Something about the way he always calls his mother "Dearest." Maybe it's the modern "Mommy Dearest" reference.2. I did not care for the way Burnett wrote the American dialect. I don't usually have trouble getting a voice to speak clearly in my head, but I couldn't get my mind wrapped around this one. It kept feeling more British to me than New York. Perhaps those are my own limitations, but for me it was ultimately a distraction from the narrative.

  • Akemi G
    2019-05-10 19:10

    A classic story in which the good wins in the end. Ah, how predictable! And I'm usually against predictable plots -- I typically don't even finish the book when the plot becomes so predictable (and this happens quite often, unfortunately). Then why 5 stars? Because I remember I enjoyed it as a child. I think small children enjoy predictability as well as surprises. Or perhaps it's not so predictable for them. I really wanted Cedric to prevail. I really wanted his grandfather, who I could see was a good person despite his stubbornness, to make peace with his mother. The story successfully engaged me and won my support. Rating and reviewing children's books has an innate problem. We are not the targeted audience anymore. And I strongly believe we want to give kids the books that they truly enjoy, rather than books we think are good for them. We can introduce "good" books to them to see how they respond, but ultimately, their preference matters more. So if your child doesn't like this, or any book, don't force them to like it. Like dating, there is an issue of chemistry. On the other hand, don't write this off because it's old. Your kid might enjoy it. . . . I consulted my inner child and she says yes to this book.

  • Kerstin
    2019-05-13 15:09

    Delightful.There is always something endearing when a child with all his innocence penetrates the crusty hearts of the adults around him.

  • miaaa
    2019-05-13 22:55

    I love it. But if you're wondering why I gave it three stars. Merely because I read Little Princess and the Secret Garden first. Somehow, Burnett's works have a pattern of their own and you'd know at the end everything will be alright. A happy ending. Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaay!***Beruntung sekali menemukannya di gudang buku Pasfes, dengan harga murah dan diterjemahkan dengan apik. Mari berburu buku-buku Frances Hodgson Burnett :D

  • Beth
    2019-05-23 22:58

    This is pretty terrible. But hey, it does have this passage:Here lyeth ye bodye of Gregorye Arthure Fyrst Earle of Dorincourt allsoe of Alisone Hildegarde hys wyfe.'May I whisper?' inquired his lordship, devoured by curiosity. 'What is it?' said his grandfather.'Who are they?''Some of your ancestors,' answered the Earl, 'who lived a few hundred years ago.''Perhaps,' said Lord Fauntleroy, regarding them with respect, 'perhaps I got my spelling from them.'

  • Kathleen Dixon
    2019-05-25 18:55

    I put this aside for a while and find a month and a half later that I have no interest in returning to it. Just not my thing - I can't blame it on the author's writing style because I love The Secret Garden, but I've never known an angelic child (don't get me wrong, I adore my grandchildren, but they have their naughty moments like every other child I've ever known) and just can't feel any sense of reality in the few pages I read.

  • Susan Jo Grassi
    2019-05-25 20:51

    I read this in school when I was 10 or 11. That was, wait for it, half a century ago. Since it was a school project, I doubt that I appreciated it as much as I did this time around. It's the classic example of how good can change bad and innocence and trust can overcome self-indulgence.

  • Kristen
    2019-05-17 15:04

    This was a sweet little story that highlights the power of kindness, generosity and friendship. Cedric Errol, aka Little Lord Fauntleroy, was a perfect, little angel boy. Such a perfect kid, in fact, that any mother who reads this book will be instantly disappointed in their own ogre-like offspring in comparison. lol He's handsome. He's kind. He's caring. He's baby Jesus saintlike. I mean, don't get me wrong, I liked him as a character, but he's kind of setting the bar RIDICULOUSLY HIGH for other little boys to live up to his greatness. For example, when he came into his fortune, he was told he could have anything he wanted. Most little boys would want a race car or a spaceship or something else totally selfish rad. Not Ceddie. He only wanted wealth for the poor. He's like a mini Bernie Sanders! :DHis grandpa, the Earl, was your stereotypical stone-faced, heartless ruler who has never loved a soul in his life. That is, until he met his grandson Baby Jesus Cedric, who is impossible not to adore. Cedric's innocent love for his grandpa cracks open his stony old heart and makes an impact, not only for the good of the Earl, but for the good of all the people that he rules.I know this is a fake story for children but I'm seriously jealous that these people get Cedric as their ruler one day, while we're stuck with a dotard for a president. These people definitely lucked out. He's definitely an endearing character. I loved how he was half little kid half 60-year-old man. I loved how he wore little black velvet dresses suits with lace collars. He's got style, he's got class, that's how he became little Lord Fauntleroy!

  • Arwen56
    2019-05-07 18:14

    Ricordi d’infanzia. L’ho letto da ragazzina e poi basta. La copia originale è andata persa nel tempo, per cui ne ho scaricato una versione digitale inglese da Project Gutenberg (che non corrisponde a quella registrata tra i miei libri, ma non avevo voglia di creare una nuova scheda: ogni tanto, sono di una pigrizia da far schifo). Allora mi era piaciuto e mi aveva appassionato e divertito. Se lo riprendessi in mano adesso, non so come andrebbe. Per cui preferisco tenermi l’idea piacevole che ne conservo nella mente. Ogni tanto mi chiedo che fine faranno questo tipo di libri. Nell’era di Internet, ci saranno mai dei bambini che leggano Il piccolo Lord, Incompreso o Piccole donne? Sono destinati a vivere ancora o a essere semplicemente dei file archiviati su un server solamente perché nessun dato vada perso? La complessità linguistica e le implicazioni psicologiche/psicanalitiche hanno almeno garantito ad Alice nel paese delle meraviglie la costante attenzione di critici professionisti, se non quella del pubblico cui era originariamente destinato. Ma testi di più limitata portata, come questi, avranno ancora chi gli presti un po’ di attenzione? Mi spiacerebbe saperli negletti, perché, un tempo, li ho amati.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-05-16 18:16

    It's taken me years to get around to reading this (odd considering that I grew up in love with The Secret Garden), and I'm so glad I did because this story is incredible, funny, poignant and unforgettable all at once. Little Lord Fauntleroy offers a strong message of kindness and mutual respect for readers of all ages, and also brings up the futility that comes along with bitterness and greed. Burnett's striking prose is as usual beautiful like classic film, and the characters feel very much like real people, sometimes flawed or naive but usually good people when it counts and willing to learn from each other in this completely unique and excellent classic.

  • Laureen
    2019-05-10 22:00

    There is a charm to older, classic children's novels that is undeniable. I don't care how many people tell me they are too "goody goody." I love that there are novels that inspire children to goodness, and in so doing, inspire the adults in their lives to the same. Lesser known than her novels, "The Secret Garden" and "A Little Princess," this novel is just as sweet and uplifting. A delight to read. I have treasured images in my mind of my little boy's face alight as I read this book to him when he was about the age of Little Lord Fauntleroy. The careful upbringing of a child is such a wise investment in this planet!

  • mstan
    2019-05-04 17:09

    Imagine having an incredibly beautiful 7-year-old boy look up to you in every way and believe you good even when you are nasty. Would you want to reform yourself or disabuse him of his illusions because he is so annoyingly flawless?

  • Kelly
    2019-05-02 17:04

    Another Burnett that touched my childish heart. Of course it is not about a little girl, so it cannot hold the same place as Secret Garden or Little Princess, but it is there nonetheless.

  • Laura
    2019-05-05 16:06 download of an abridged version is available at Project Gutenberg.

  • Mom
    2019-05-06 18:08

    I absolutely loved this book! A classic that I should have read years ago. I always looked at it and thought it would be boring. I was so wrong. It is a wonderful story about being able to make a difference with kind words and a loving heart. This was so well written that I didn't want to put it down until I turned the final page.

  • Wendy
    2019-05-08 14:59

    The Secret Garden is one of my favorite books (and definitely in my top ten films). I've never been as great a fan of the book A Little Princess, as I prefer the film version, but it too is a lovely book that I enjoyed reading. This wasn't as good as either of them, primarily because it felt less like a book and more like a summary of a book. It claims to be the book in its entirety, but I felt like I was reading a detailed outline, with only a few conversations fleshed out for the author's future reference. I don't know if she had the idea and just got bored with it, or she was on a deadline, or what, but it just wasn't as good....I did enjoy some aspects of it, though. Cedric being this angelic, perfect wonder-child who is adored by everyone he meets didn't bother me much, as I assumed that the point of the book was not him--he's the catalyst for the grouchy, nasty Earl to change. It's the Earl's story and the Earl's character arc, and that is the heart of the book, so that wasn't a problem for me. Granted, it could have been done better if it had been fleshed out more.Overall, with the last-minute fake-out and the fact that there are very few tense or dramatic moments, it felt more like a first draft that needed a good work-through. As I said, it was like a rushed outline. It had potential, and I guess I enjoyed the potential of the idea more than the story itself. I've always been fond of stories where rough, ill-tempered characters are won over by an adorable kid or pet.Minor issue--I had to keep reminding myself that it was a different time back then, as the occasional descriptions of adults looking at Lord Fauntleroy (who is seven, by the way) and thinking how 'beautiful and graceful' he is, and admiring his 'chubby hands' and 'handsome manly face' and 'bright wavy lovelocks' and 'strong handsome legs,' got more than a little icky at times. My twenty-first century brain doesn't think seventy-year-old men should be admiring seven-year-old boys in those terms. However, back then, it didn't mean the same thing. I tried not to hold it against the book, but since it was so jarring, it interfered with my reading experience. I just don't remember Secret Garden being that way--or if it was, it was couched in different terms, as the two main children in that book were getting healthier, so any adult characters noting their bodies seemed more of a medical interest. Here, there isn't that reason. Still, it dies off a bit (but doesn't ever completely go away) as the book goes on, focusing more on Cedric's fine personality, so it gets less annoying.All in all, a harmless, quick read from a good author, and after you've read it, occasional references to Lord Fauntleroy will make more sense. This was my chief reason for wanting to read it, I'll admit.

  • Tina
    2019-05-08 19:07

    Original post at One More PageWould you believe that I have never heard of Little Lord Fauntleroy until this year? When I was a kid, I only knew of little Cedric "Ceddie" Errol through this morning cartoon that I watch during summer vacation, same as where I first found out who Sara Crewe was. Ceddie is a little boy who lives with his mom and dad in New York. His dad passed away, and shortly after, they found out that Ceddie was actually the next in line as the Earl of Dorincourt in England, and so he and his mom goes to England. Despite this good fortune, Ceddie's grandfather, the current Earl, is angry at the Ceddie's mother because he thought of her as a commoner and he forbade her to see Ceddie, hoping the little boy will forget his mom. The Earl had a bad reputation because of his attitude, but Ceddie wins him over and eventually makes him accept his mother as a part of the family.The cartoon I remember was pretty accurate to the book, except maybe that the Earl was more obstinate and harder to like in the cartoon. I also thought the cartoon Ceddie looked a little bit too feminine, and there was that entire flute playing thing that was definitely not in the book. However, as I was reading the book, I realized that the Ceddie in the book was more adorable than the one in the cartoon. Perhaps it's because it's been so long since I last watched it, but I thought the Little Lord Fauntleroy in the book was more charming than the one I remember. The little boy is the kind that I think everyone dreams of meeting -- you know, that perfect little kid who has a heart of gold, one who can melt even the hardest of hearts.Reading Little Lord Fauntleroy was a treat because of the main character. In a way, it reminded me a lot of A Little Princess because of the the similarities between the two of them, even if I still think Sara had it harder than Ceddie. Even if it seems almost entirely impossible to know someone who could be as nice and as good-hearted as Ceddie was, somehow, this book made me wish that there are still good hearts like that out there, someone whose kindness knows no bound and is determined to see the good in everything and everyone.

  • Robert
    2019-04-30 22:13

    A character that I've constantly seen referenced but had never read. It is definitely a product of its time; slow to start and with an extremely dry wit that still caused my family to laugh out loud on several occasions (we read it aloud in the car). One of the funniest lines wasn't in the novel proper but in the authors biography "Her (Burnett's) adult novels are of a sentimental vein which is now thoroughly out of fashion." The language is a bit repetitive - the Earl's smile is almost always 'grim', and an alarming number of things are either 'gay' or 'queer'. This, combined with the earnestness that the lines are delivered with lead to my constantly appending the phrase "He said with a leering wink" to the end of sentences. At least until the children caught on and the 10-year old asked "What's a leering wink?" Regardless, doing so makes the book exponentially funnier, if a bit off-putting since the titular character is 7 years old.

  • Anna Kļaviņa
    2019-05-20 23:15

    A long time ago I saw a movie so I knew what to expect. Maybe, I would have loved this book when I was 7 and hated it when I was 14. Now at 21, I think it was OK-ish. I wanted to give this book excuses, first Frances Hodgson Burnetts' novel, first published in 1885 and all that. But Mark Twains' The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn was first published in the same year! My biggest issue is Cedric Errol aka Little Lord Fauntleroy. Why? The sun shines out his backside! That's why. The supporting characters are one dimensional too.

  • Rachel
    2019-05-14 21:12

    This got two stars because it's really not quite as terrible as it could be. Not that that's saying much. I feel as though all the things that make The Secret Garden (by the same author) so unique in that era of children's literature are completely lacking in this drivel. And I really do like Frances Hodgson Burnett. However, the plot of this novel is WEAK WEAK WEAK. And, although I don't want to give anything away for those of you just pining to read this, let me just say that the only thing more boring than a character that is completely good and perfect is a CHILD character who is completely good and perfect. BORING. Children can't relate to a character like that, and adults--even nice onces--want to put a boot through Fauntleroy's face too. And why, oh, why is he named FAUNTLEROY? That's terrible.You want to see what Little Lord Fauntleroy looks like when he grows up? Go to: rest speaks for itself.

  • Jane Lebak
    2019-05-15 21:20

    I never realized before this time through that this book is a Prodigal Son story in reverse. First, it's a completely Mary Sue story. Little poor child immediately charms every adult he meets. He has a huge vocabulary. Everyone who sees him recognizes he's handsome and intelligent and has a heart of gold. He's perfectly perfect in every respect. Fortunately I didn't find him annoying, but I suspect he could be.The Earl is the Prodigal Son even though he's the grandfather. He's explicitly described as having catered to his own pleasures and alienated all his relations. So you have the situation of the prodigal being the one with the inheritance to give, and the inheritor being the one who redeems the prodigal. It's an interesting twist, and I like it.It's not her best book, but I needed something low-key while I finished my Christmas knitting. The narration was fine, and there were times I thought the narrator was doing her best with clumsy attempts at American dialect.

  • Michelle
    2019-05-07 20:01

    I would have liked to give this book three stars simply because I love other books by this author, but that doesn't seem justified when I have only read the first quarter of the book and have no desire to continue reading. At this point most of the major conflicts introduced at the beginning have been resolved, and I fear the rest of the book will be continued descriptions of how kind, patient, loving, beautiful, and perfect little Fauntleroy is. This one just isn't for me. I think I'll stick with The Secret Garden.

  • Jason
    2019-05-03 22:56

    Greetings. If you wish to read the book review, then skip down a few paragraphs to the section so marked in all caps and emboldened. I wish to preface this review with a brief tale about my efforts to read the book. Why? Well, this is my canvas, and I'll paint what I want, thank you very much.I saw this movie once when I was a child/preteen, or thereabouts. It was the Alec Guiness/Ricky Schroeder version, and I remember I kind of liked it, but never did pick up the book. Such things didn't really occur to me back then. 20 or so years later I found the book in a bargain basement (or a store called Ollie's, rather), for $1.99. It was in excellent condition, and there was a whole huge stack of the things. (Ollie's sometimes resells things that schools or other stores want to get rid of). What was even better was that it was a "complete and unabridged" version, and not one of those that are edited for smaller children. The memories of the movie came back to me, and I decided I would add this book to the pile of unread treasures at my house, and get to it eventually.Well, I've read many things since then, one of them being the complete works of Sherlock Holmes. It is nine volumes long, and I've been inserting different books between the volumes just to freshen things up a bit. Had I stuck to the letter of my law, I would've finished Holmes by now, but I figured why not knock out the Fauntleroy since it's so short even though I had already read two other books since the last Holmes installment. I had planned to spend the entire day Sunday hitting it hard, and completing the task, but my plans never come off as originally envisioned since this thing called "life" tends to happen sometimes. Three days later in the late evening I'm still reading Fauntleroy at about a chapter a day, which is pathetically slow, but I'm enjoying it immensely. Eventually I'm on page 75. I finish the page and suddenly find myself on page 122.Well, this can't be right! Alas, it was very much the case. "Complete and unabridged" my eye! Let this be a lesson for us all. Bargain basement books should be thoroughly examined before purchased, especially when they're so cheap. The phrase "If it seems too good to be true, then it probably is" was recalled to my mind. Since the hour was so late, there was no chance of me getting another copy that night. So much for instant gratification, but I took solace in the fact that I could get one at Barnes and Noble the following day. But I was mistaken. Neither Barnes and Noble near my home carried an unabridged version, nor did any other major book sellers. I didn't try the minor ones. Well, what a boner! (And not a good one). This meant that even ever-so-slightly-delayed-gratification was out the door as well, and I had to not only resort to making an online purchase, but also alter my reading schedule. I found a place on Amazon that sold it for about $3.50 and offered expedited shipping at $6.99. Good enough for me, let's do it! Then it gave me an estimated arrival date which STARTED a week in the future, and went to over two weeks past that date. I gave up, and let the chips land where they will. I figured they just gave a way-out date to cover their asses in case something went wrong, but no, it took a little over a week. Oh well.I really wanted to read Fauntleroy, and not online (I'm a book purist, sorry), but that was out of the question. So I picked up something I could read quickly in the meantime and completed "The Richest Man in Babylon," but Fauntleroy still hadn't come. Searching for something I assumed would be light and easy, I grabbed the H.P. Lovecraft book of short stories that had been in my to-read pile for nigh onto two years, and discovered I was mistaken in my assumption that he was light and easy. He is, however, quite enjoyable, and it was short stories so it wouldn't be too hard to finish one, and transition back to Fauntleroy when he eventually showed up. By the way, I love how I can switch from murderous fish people and Arabs who feast on corpses to a story about a boy who is all hugs and love and sappy shit in the blink of an eye. I'm told not everyone has that skill, and I think that's sad. Anyway, when Fauntleroy did arrive, I had just began a 70 page story by Lovecraft, and felt compelled to finish that one first. Let me tell you: 70 pages of Fauntleroy goes at least twice as fast as 70 pages of Lovecraft which I suggest reading with a dictionary, thesaurus, and encyclopedia nearby if you want to get the full picture.Eventually I finished the fish story, then got to Fauntleroy, and now poor Holmes is going to have to wait until I finish the rest of the Lovecraft book. I'm actually having Holmes withdrawal. Oh well.LITTLE LORD FAUNTLEROY BOOK REVIEW.This is the second of Burnett's books that I've read, the other being The Secret Garden. I may eventually read The Little Princess, but I'm not sure. Contrary to popular acclaim, I enjoyed this book more than I did Secret Garden. I believe it's because I can relate more to the main character since he's a boy, but I'm not sure about that either. The story in Secret Garden is better, but I still like this one more.It's your basic Burnett kid's tale, really. American boy has a granddaddy in England from whom he and his mother have been estranged for their entire life (daddy died when the boy was young). Granddaddy is a powerful earl, and his other children have passed away, so now the American boy is the legal heir. Granddaddy is a grumpy old cuss, boy is a loveable little thing, and the latter melts the hoary frost on the heart of the former. There's a bit of a dispute about who the real heir is at the end of the book, but it all comes out squeaky clean in typical Burnett story fashion.I don't know why I like some happy sappy things, but not others. It's not my favorite genre of tale, but I have a weak spot for some stories, and this is one of them. In fact, the final chapter is so sickeningly sweet that it should make me want to barf, but it doesn't. It turns out to be a guilty pleasure. Some parts are unrealistic. I've seen some reviews where the critic feels the grandfather softens too quickly, and I can concede that, however I still think it's mostly believable the way it's written. Many also feel that the speech and dialogue has a strong British feel to it, especially for the American characters, and I felt the same way. I could not get the British accent out of my head as I read the American parts. I noticed that as I was reading, but didn't let it detract from my enjoyment of the book.I've read better stories, and I've read better written stories. I've read better character development, but there's just something special with this book. It's mostly Fauntleroy's perspective on the world around him that makes this so enjoyable. He sees the world through the eyes of a seven year old who is trying to be an adult, and it's quite adorable. Some of the other characters are rather silly, but also completely enjoyable. The grandfather is awesome in his orneriness. It's the characters that make this worth reading, not the story itself, or the writing style, though both are good enough in their own rights. There's even a coincidence in this story that would make Charles Dickens wink, nod, give a quarter-smile, and say "Well done, Frances. Well done."So, why five stars when I can see so many shortcomings in it? Because five stars means that I felt "it was amazing," and I believe that was the case for me. I enjoyed every second of it, and couldn't wait to get back to it when I had to put it down. That's the magic of stories. They don't have to be great to be thoroughly enjoyed. I can't explain it, but that's just the way it rolls.If you feel you would like this book based on my review, then check it out. I loved it.