Monday, June 11, 2012

Rereading Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters by Lesley M.M. Blume

It was winter in New York City and the days were short. At three o'clock in the afternoon, the sun already hung low over the horizon, casting sharp pink light on the clouds above the skyscrapers. 

Though a fairly easy book with a long title, I love Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters. Set in New York, it's about eleven-year-old Cornelia, who is the daughter of two famous pianists. But she is really lonely, because Lucy, her mother is always away, and she's never met her father. But then the writer Virginia Somerset moves into the apartment next door with her Indian servant Patel and a French bulldog called Mister Kinyatta. Virginia befriends Cornelia and tells her marvelous stories of traveling with her sisters.

The great thing about this book is that it's for younger readers, but it really doesn't dumb down at all (just a tiny bit), so I still enjoy reading it once in a while. Cornelia herself uses a lot of long and complicated words in order to get her French housekeeper to leave her alone. Another thing is the exotic settings: for me, New York isn't that exotic, since I go there all the time, but for other people, it might be. And Virginia tells of her travels to London, Paris, Morocco, and India. Also, the book isn't all fun and games; it has serious undertones and a bittersweet ending. But it was very amusing too, hearing about all the audacious escapades of the Somerset Sisters. And Cornelia herself is a great character. And of course, the descriptions of wonderful New York City. Lesley Blume has written other books (The Rising Star of Rusty Nail, Tennyson), but this was definitely my favorite one.

Read Cornelia and the Audacious Escapades of the Somerset Sisters:
  • if you are looking for an easy but fun book (with serious elements)
  • if you like reading descriptions of traveling
  • if you like other Lesley Blume
261 pages.
Outstanding Book That Will Stay On My Bookshelf For Rereading (jf I own it)!

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