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Book #15: Little Lord Fauntleroy by Frances Hodgson Burnett

Number of pages: 164

This story is completely different to what I thought it would be like. Having heard lots of people comparing others to Little Lord Fauntleroy in a very negative way, I assumed it would be about some loathesome rich brat going around acting like Justin Bieber, or King Joffrey.

The story is actually about a quite likeable character. 7 year old Cedric, living in New York, finds that he has inherited the title of Lord Fauntleroy, and will be moving to England (although no one tells him his mother can't come with him). The story is quite short, and it takes half the book establishing all the characters, and is mostly about Cedric/Little Lord Fauntleroy going about his new duties as a lord, while he bonds with his Grandfather, who despite sounding not all that nice, really seems to love the boy.

There is finally some conflict near the end...

[Spoiler (click to open)]

A woman comes along claiming Cedric is an imposter and that her son is the real Lord Fauntleroy; of course, it turns out that she is just a con artist.

I thought this book was enjoyable enough; I liked the character of Mr. Hobbs, who has an amazing rapport with Cedric, despite the fact that he starts off with a vast dislike of lords and other members of the nobility. I also loved the sections that detailed Cedric's letters to his mother, which were full of spelling mistakes, and therefore did look like a child wrote them. The book also contains some good social commentaries on the differences between British and American societies (particularly when Cedric teaches the Earl how to play baseball).

There were a few oddities - I thought maybe the story would have some moral about how wealth can't buy you happiness (this wasn't the case), and it was a bit weird how the writer didn't seem to be able to make up her mind about whether to call him Cedric or Lord Fauntleroy throughout the book, occasionally calling him both in the same sentence.

Overall, though, this is a good book that can be enjoyed by adults as well as children.

Next book: 'Salem's Lot (Stephen King)
Tags: classic, family saga, fiction, kidlit, non-genre fiction

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