The Water Babies, by Charles Kingsley. First read 15th April to 17th April 2017. 4 // 5 stars.
I may have missed a couple of days in this little challenge I set myself … (whoops) so it’s now day four and I’m here to review the Water Babies!
When I found the Water Babies for 50 cents at a book sale, I couldn’t believe that I hadn’t read it already! So of course I simply had to pick it up. I finally got around to reading it the other day and was enchanted.
The Water Babies is the story of a young chimney sweep who runs away from his cruel master, and is subsequently turned into a ‘water baby’. While it is never fully explained what a water baby actually is, I worked out from the title that it’s a baby who lives in the water?? So I suppose it’s fairly self explanatory.
The writing style in this book was honestly the highlight for me! It was so delightfully old fashioned, which made the entire thing an absolute joy to read.
What I likeeed:
- The writing style!! So much perfection and a pleasure to read.
- Some really adorable characters in there.
- Honestly it was just really fun to read. The prose read like music and I loved it.
- There were some philosophical parts in there too. I did brush over them a little, not quite being in the mood for philosophy, but hey, they were there.
- It was soo funny! I can’t remember the last time I found a book this humorous 🙂
What I didn’t like so much:
- Just like Mary Barton, this book focused a little bit on goodness as a means for salvation. *sighs*
- There was a little too much ‘moralising’ in places for my liking.
- It dragged a tad in places.
- Ummm… that’s it??
Actually, this book reminded me a little of the story of Pinocchio. There’s a good fairy, training Tom (the naughty protagonist) up. Tom has many adventures, and struggles to find other people like him. And at the end, of course, there’s a delightfully happy ending!
My little Goodreads review sums up all of my thoughts on the book:
|An endearing book filled with excellent prose! How I wish books were written like this nowadays *sighs*|
Just a short review for today, but I absolutely adored this book as a little break from heavier things. I can’t believe I haven’t read it before!
Have you read this book? What did you think?