Memoirs of a Midget

Memoirs of a Midget Miss M a pretty and diminutive young woman with a passion for shells fossils flints butterflies and stuffed animals struggles to deal with her isolation from the rest of society due to her size Sh

  • Title: Memoirs of a Midget
  • Author: Walter de la Mare
  • ISBN: 9781846590665
  • Page: 276
  • Format: Paperback
  • Miss M a pretty and diminutive young woman with a passion for shells, fossils, flints, butterflies and stuffed animals, struggles to deal with her isolation from the rest of society due to her size She tells of her early life and her tempestuous twentieth year in which she witnesses death, infatuation, suicide and madness.An elegiac, misanthropic, sometimes perverse stuMiss M a pretty and diminutive young woman with a passion for shells, fossils, flints, butterflies and stuffed animals, struggles to deal with her isolation from the rest of society due to her size She tells of her early life and her tempestuous twentieth year in which she witnesses death, infatuation, suicide and madness.An elegiac, misanthropic, sometimes perverse study of isolation, de la Mare s prize winning classic is a dark and teasing riddle that seduces by its gentle charm and elegant prose.Walter de la Mare 1873 1956 was born of a Scottish mother and a father descended from an old Huguenot family He was educated at St Paul s Cathedral Choir School, which he left at sixteen to work in the City Office of the Anglo American Oil Company, writing in his spare time under the pseudonym Walter Ramal He left after nine years to devote his life to letters His collected poems were published in 1942.His major works include the children s novel The Three Royal Monkeys and the long poem The Traveller He was the recipient of much praise and many honours, including the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for Memoirs of a Midget.

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    1. Walter de la Mare

      Walter John de la Mare was an English poet, short story writer and novelist, probably best remembered for his works for children and The Listeners He was descended from a family of French Huguenots, and was educated at St Paul s School His first book, Songs of Childhood, was published under the name Walter Ramal He worked in the statistics department of the London office of Standard Oil for eighteen years while struggling to bring up a family, but nevertheless found enough time to write, and, in 1908, through the efforts of Sir Henry Newbolt he received a Civil List pension which enabled him to concentrate on writing One of de la Mare s special interests was the imagination, and this contributed both to the popularity of his children s writing and to his other work occasionally being taken less seriously than it deserved.De la Mare also wrote some subtle psychological horror stories Seaton s Aunt and Out of the Deep are noteworthy examples His 1921 novel, Memoirs of a Midget, won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for fiction.

    949 thoughts on “Memoirs of a Midget”

    1. "When one speaks of de la Mare one must go heavy on the cream"I miss this book. But I don’t miss it like I missed Don Quixote or The Book of Ebenezer Le Page when I finished them. Those two books for me were the embodiments of two people; two people I dearly missed as soon as I finished reading the final page. I missed their presence as people in my life. I still miss them! even though they’re ever within arm’s reach right there on my shelf… The way I missMemoirs of a Midget is different [...]


    2. Probably the strangest novel I've read - and I mean that as a compliment. It's weird without even trying. To compare it to another book narrated by a dwarf I've read recently, unlike Geek Love, there's nothing extreme, no grotesque characters, never a sense of the author trying a little too hard. Reading Miss M's thoughts on the world, one gets the impression that Walter de la Mare had a similarly idiosyncratic way of thinking, and was blissfully unaware of it. Consequently, reading Memoirs of a [...]


    3. On the bottom shelf of the back room in the cluttered East Village bookstore I stumbled on Miss M. Tattered, in hardcover, in the dark, and with the kind of title that begs to be examined. I read three pages and was enamored, and bought the book without question. Looking back, I now realize this was unusual behavior. I only buy books I've been meaning to read, and have read about, or did read, and have been meaning to find. So Miss M. became very dear to me because I discovered her for myself, w [...]


    4. Someone recommended de la Mare and when I saw the title Memoirs of a Midget, I just couldn't pass it up. The idea is intriguing. The memoirs of a little person before technology could overcome most of their obstacles and further, written by a man! How intriguing!I finished this book and the first words out of my mouth, "this is stupid". Is it really stupid? No, of course not. First off, de la Mare showed some amazing insight when imagining Miss M's world and he perfectly captured the torturous t [...]


    5. Not what I anticipated when I picked it up, but very good nonetheless. I had expected it to be much more based on the physical circumstances of being of very small stature in Victorian times - and to some degree it was - but the focus was really more psychological/social, exploring the inward struggles of an individual who is cut off from nearly all of humanity because of its perception of her as somehow less, and therefore not to be taken seriously. de la Mare creates a beautifully complex char [...]



    6. I love the writing style; it somehow reminds me of intricate pretty old-fashioned things. It's very introspective and the book's real strength is that it's one of those that really get across an individual's experience; the particular way they think and interpret the world. The descriptions felt very vivid to me. There's a heavily hinted romantic fascination with another woman, and that's quite good if you like beautiful, enigmatic, existentially angsty and spiteful characters. What I didn't lik [...]


    7. The 4 star title lured me in, but the story disappointed. And the writing style is often confusingor maybe I just didn't care enough to give it my full attention.


    8. Read here for freeFirst line - Some years ago a brief account of me found its way into one or two country newspapersCannot work out if this is 1921 or 1922 first publication year as there is conflicting information on the net.quin·sy (kw n z ). n. Acute inflammation of the tonsils and the surrounding tissue, often leading to the formation of an abscess. Adam and Eve by Boschfrom the Guardian - De la Mare's preoccupation with the Brontës is unsubtle (Wuthering Heights and Jane Eyre get several [...]


    9. This is a wonderful book. I didn't want it to end. Completely unique. I have made progress in conquering my addiction to reading novels. I don't read nearly so many of them anymore, for which I thank God. But I bought this about twenty years ago. Recently I turned it up and decided to have a look. It is beautiful and truly original. It's so strange that I can't describe it in a way that would do it justice. I originally bought it because of his poem The Listeners, which I also love, and the titl [...]


    10. I have to say I didn't *get* this book. From all the positive reviews, I was expecting to be lured into an existence not quite real and regaled with visions of a slightly altered world. I suppose I thought it would be like watching Nicole Kidman in Moulin Rouge, but for me, this book was so vague I had a hard time following exactly what was happening. It didn't help that the most crucial exchanges all seemed to be written in French, a language of which I am completely ignorant. I felt this novel [...]


    11. A perfectly uncanny novel. Subtle, too, as evidenced by the sheer number of complete misreadings it's accumulated over the years (see, for instance, the laughably crap review in Rain Taxi from a couple years back).




    12. Cast off into the world with a modest income following the deaths of her parents, the narrator finds a kindly landlady/caretaker. Major adventures at this location were sneaking out at night to view the night sky and forming an emotional attachment to the beautiful daughter. I initially did not realize that the mysterious male suitor there was a dwarf until Miss M refers to him as "the hunchback." Not surprisingly when she is swept up into London aristocracy (by a daughter of "Lord B."), she wea [...]


    13. Do all things miniature fascinate you? I confess I have a weakness for small objects, so the autobiography of Miss M a very small person indeed, was an enchanting read. De La Mareweaves a deft story of Miss Midgetina's struggles in the enormous and complex world sheventures into. Themes of love, loss, death and fidelity make this a big novel about a small heroine.


    14. It's the kind of book I love-- classically constructed, beautiful sentences, highly imaginative. But the metaphor becomes very tired-- the protagonist is a midget who, like all of us, feels overwhelmed by the world. And the protagonist is not herself very engaging, or anyway I didn't find her so.


    15. I couldn't review this quickly, I'll have to think about it. I look forward to re-reading this book and also looking at White's Natural History of Selborne. Now I will read Best stories of Walter De La Mare.



    16. the enchanting story of a short woman: her perspective lovingly caught by De La Mare's detailed prose, particularly her isolation.


    17. I tried very hard to read this book, but just could not complete it. I found it too dragging and uninteresting.





    18. English lit1890s? Englandlitude and society from Miss M pov. More like 2.5 stars - heavy on the ruminations, short on activity.



    19. Recensione originale: sonnenbarke.wordpress/201Questo romanzo, il cui titolo sarebbe letteralmente traducibile come "Memorie di una nana", è stato pubblicato in Italia da Alet come La donna in miniatura. Sconsiglio di leggere la presentazione della versione italiana perché, almeno quella presente su , è del tutto fuorviante.Questo romanzo è costituito dalle memorie di una donna piccolissima (trovo il titolo italiano molto azzeccato), la signorina M di cui non sapremo mai il nome ma soltanto [...]


    20. I find it difficult to fully understand what is being said because it is written in an 'old' english style, nevertheless it is a very original story. I started liking it more after about 300 pages.


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