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Mary, Mary   By: (1882-1950)

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Mary, Mary by James Stephens is a captivating tale that plunges readers into a world full of mystery and wonder. The story follows the journey of Mary, a young girl who possesses a unique ability to communicate with nature.

From the very beginning, Stephens manages to enchant readers with his beautiful prose and vivid descriptions. The vivid scenery and the lush landscapes create an immersive reading experience that transports you into Mary's world. The author's mastery of language shines through every page, making it easy to visualize the magical creatures and fantastical settings that Mary encounters.

One of the strengths of Mary, Mary lies in its relatable protagonist. Mary is a strong-willed and curious girl, and readers will find themselves drawn to her innate sense of adventure. Through her encounters with talking animals and mythical beings, Mary's character evolves, and we witness her growth and self-discovery.

Stephens skillfully weaves in themes of environmental conservation and the importance of living in harmony with nature. Mary's ability to communicate with animals allows her to understand their plight and the impact of human actions on their habitats. These profound themes add depth to the story and provide thought-provoking moments for readers of all ages.

The book's pacing is a particularly strong aspect, as it effortlessly blends action and quieter introspective moments. The narrative ebbs and flows, keeping readers engaged and eager to discover what lies around the next corner. It is a testament to Stephens' skill that he manages to create a story that is both fast-paced and deeply contemplative.

However, one aspect that may deter some readers is the occasional ambiguity in the plot. While the ambiguity adds an air of mystique to the story, it may leave some unanswered questions in the minds of readers who prefer more concrete resolutions. However, this minor drawback does not detract from the overall enjoyment of the book.

Mary, Mary is a delightful and evocative read that celebrates the beauty of nature while addressing important environmental concerns. Stephens' masterful storytelling and vivid imagery make it a book that readers of all ages can appreciate and enjoy. Whether you are looking for a whimsical adventure or a reflective tale, Mary, Mary is a book that will captivate your imagination and leave a lasting impact.

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If any of James Stephens' books might be thought to have need of an Introduction it would be the delightful story that is called "Mary, Mary" on one side of the Atlantic Ocean and "The Charwoman's Daughter" on the other. It was written in 1910, when the author was known as the poet of "Insurrections" and the writer of a few of the mordant studies that belong to a later book, "Here Are Ladies."

In 1911 four people came together to establish "The Irish Review." They were David Houston, Thomas MacDonagh, James Stephens and the present writer. James Stephens mentioned that he could hand over some stuff for publication. The "stuff" was the book in hand. It came out as a serial in the second number with the title "Mary, A Story," ran for a twelvemonth and did much to make the fortune (if a review that perished after a career of four years ever had its fortune made) of "The Irish Review... Continue reading book >>

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