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The Chaperon

Henry James

Book Overview: 

What on earth is a girl to do when London society has convicted her mother of a dreadful sin and has ostracized her? If blood is thicker than water, and the daughter remains loyal to her erring parent, how far will affect her own standing in society (and most important, of course) in the marriage market that is controlled by that society? This is the problem facing Rose Tramore and it will take all her charm -- and perseverance -- to solve it

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .st visit, and he had made no use of it to ask what she thought of the personality in Chester Square or how she liked it.  He had only said “Did she take you out?” and when Rose answered “Yes, she put me straight into a carriage and drove me up and down Bond Street,” had rejoined sharply “See that that never occurs again.”  It never did, but once was enough, every one they knew having happened to be in Bond Street at that particular hour.

After this the periodical interview took place in private, in Mrs. Tramore’s beautiful little wasted drawing-room.  Rose knew that, rare as these occasions were, her mother would not have kept her “all to herself” had there been anybody she could have shown her to.  But in the poor lady’s social void there was no one; she had after all her own correctness and she consistently preferred isolation to inferior contacts.  So her daughter was subjected only to the ma. . . Read More

Community Reviews

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With the bad: I was most disturbed by Hansel and Gretel as a child, but I was disturbed by many, many fairy tales, and Little Red Riding Hood was one of them. I felt anxiety as I was reading this, even as an adult. I object to wolves always being depicted as bad and evil and vill...more

I can't believe that someone would ban/challenge this book just because Trina Schart Hyman depicted a bottle of wine in Red's basket. I love Trina's European-influenced style. If only I could draw like that...more

Red Riding Hood has never been one of my favorite tales, but TSH's retelling is nice enough. It's the illustrations, though, that make this book a stand-out! They are absolutely gorgeous--so full of lovely details (the border art is such a nice touch! And I love that TSH put kitty cats into every...more

This has beautiful artwork with panes on the page with story similar to Jan Brett. There is also a main paige of just artwork. It is beautiful work. I did think this was good, but she basically tells the same story we all know. There is nothing new here, no spin, or any kind of fresh take really....more

This one was not one of my favorites. I honestly thought it was more goofy than anything. Was hoping for something with a bit more to it than this - and it was the most heavy handed Grimm tail that I've read so far

Although there is nothing special about the text of this "faithful retelling of the Grimms' version" of the traditional fairy tale, Trina Schart Hyman's detailed, lush illustrations are simply breathtaking...

...with a touch of self-referentiality:

I loved this as a child, and in fact loved it so much that even know that I'm an adult I have a copy. The writing is probably good, but what I remember about this book (and what has me returning to it again and again) are Hyman's inimitable illustrations. The delicate lines, twisty trees, and bea...more

“—¡Ay, abuelita! ¡Qué orejas más grandes tienes!
—Así te oigo mejor.
—¡Ay, abuelita, vaya manos tan grandes que tienes!
—Así puedo cogerte mejor.
—¡Pero, abuelita! ¡Qué boca más terriblemente grande!
—¡Es para tragarte mejor!”

I love this version, principally because of Trina Schart Hyman's wonderful illustrations. She spent several years in Europe, which is why her artwork has that feel to it, which makes it perfect for this fairy tale. I can't believe that this book has been challenged in some places because of the b...more

The Brothers Grimm's Little Red Riding Hood, or Rotkäppkchen, in the original German, has never been amongst my favourites. Even as a child, I did not tend to enjoy those proverbial big-bad-wolf types of fairy or folk tale all that much (and while as an adult, I do realise that the wolf is likely...more

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