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The White People   By: (1849-1924)

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The White People by Frances Hodgson Burnett is a captivating novel that explores the themes of social class, identity, and the power of human connection. Set against the backdrop of late 19th-century England, the story follows the lives of a diverse group of individuals whose paths intertwine in unexpected ways.

Burnett's writing style is elegant and evocative, effortlessly transporting readers to a bygone era. Her vivid descriptions of the English countryside and bustling city streets allow readers to immerse themselves fully in the world she has created. The attention to detail is remarkable, making every scene feel rich and vibrant.

One of the notable strengths of this novel is its character development. Each character is uniquely crafted, with their own hopes, dreams, and struggles. From the impoverished but determined protagonist to the wealthy aristocrat battling personal demons, every character feels authentic and relatable. Their interactions are filled with warmth and heart, highlighting the fundamental shared experiences of the human condition.

In addition to its strong characters, The White People also delves into thought-provoking themes. The exploration of social class is particularly profound, as Burnett delves into the stark divide between the privileged elite and the struggling working class. The portrayal of the challenges faced by those on the lower rungs of society is both sobering and insightful, offering a glimpse into the harsh realities of the time period.

Furthermore, the novel examines the nature of identity and the transformative power of human connection. Through the bond forged between the characters, Burnett skillfully highlights the potential for personal growth and change. This central theme resonates deeply, leaving readers pondering the importance of empathy and understanding in their own lives.

While The White People is undeniably a compelling and thought-provoking novel, it does have a few minor drawbacks. The pacing of the story can feel slow at times, as Burnett takes her time building the world and developing the characters. Additionally, the sheer number of characters introduced may be overwhelming to some readers, making it difficult to keep track of each individual's storyline.

Overall, The White People is a beautifully crafted novel that's worth exploring for its deep exploration of social themes and its engaging characters. Burnett's ability to transport readers to another time and place is nothing short of remarkable. This book is a testament to her skill as a storyteller and a welcome addition to any bookshelf for fans of historical fiction and character-driven narratives.

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By Frances Hodgson Burnett


"The stars come nightly to the sky; The tidal wave unto the sea; Nor time, nor space, nor deep, nor high Can keep my own away from me."



Perhaps the things which happened could only have happened to me. I do not know. I never heard of things like them happening to any one else. But I am not sorry they did happen. I am in secret deeply and strangely glad. I have heard other people say things and they were not always sad people, either which made me feel that if they knew what I know it would seem to them as though some awesome, heavy load they had always dragged about with them had fallen from their shoulders. To most people everything is so uncertain that if they could only see or hear and know something clear they would drop upon their knees and give thanks. That was what I felt myself before I found out so strangely, and I was only a girl. That is why I intend to write this down as well as I can. It will not be very well done, because I never was clever at all, and always found it difficult to talk.

I say that perhaps these things could only have happened to me, because, as I look back over my life, I realize that it has always been a rather curious one. Even when those who took care of me did not know I was thinking at all, I had begun to wonder if I were not different from other children... Continue reading book >>

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