|About the Book|
On a tiny, man-made island in the middle of a lake live the descendents of kidnapped Lilliputians. On the shore of the lake stands an ancient manor, now falling into ruin. In the manor live a lonely girl and her evil governess...Those are the fun parts. Since this is T.H. White there is also much implicit social and political criticism, psychological observation, and tongue-in-cheek humor. Most of that was over my head when I first read this, as were many of the British cultural allusions. I suspect the same is true for most modern American children. Even as an adult with a degree in history I had to look up several references (Alice Kyteler, the misfortunes of Caroline Matilda, et al) but I appreciated the humor much more.