Thursday, December 06, 2007

Booking through Thursday

Do you have a favourite book, now out of print, that you would like to see become available again?

The White Witch, by Elizabeth Goudge. I've been reading this book (almost) yearly since I was sixteen, and it never has lost its magic. Goude's writing style is simultaneously descriptive and spare, conjuring the intimacy of half-gypsy Froniga's herb-filled cottage, as well as the violent world during the time of Cromwell. To this day, the scent of rose or lavender brings me back to the first time I read the book, and I imagine myself in another life, creating rose-petal conserve, perhaps - melanie

4 comments:

gautami tripathy said...

Is it out of print?

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Elizabeth said...

I was glad to see you mention this book - I loved it, too.

Carrie K said...

Elizabeth Goudge wrote my favorite childhood book I used to check out of my elementary school library every month. It was OOP for eons. I'd been searching for it and it was republished in 2001. It was almost, but not quite the way I'd remembered it. (Linnets & Valerian)

Melanie said...

I've read a lot of Elizabeth Goudge too - I remember reading Green Dolphin Street when I was quite young, probably 12 or so, and just hating it. I couldn't appreciate it at such a tender age, I suppose! I've read nearly everything by her since, though.