Friday, January 29, 2010

Mary Poppins, by P.L. Travers

This is a crisply written novel very much in the English tradition of writers like Lewis Caroll and G.K. Chesterton. Which is slightly strange, seeing the author is Australian. But you'd never know.

The Mary Poppins of the page is quite different from the Julie Andrews incarnation presented by Disney. Ms. Travers's Mary Poppins has a lot more sharper edges. She's more unpredictable. I'm not sure I'd like to have her running my house, as anything could happen.

A brilliant, perfectly written novel. I look forward to reading the other novels in the series.

Read my Suite101 article on Mary Poppins here.

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