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The original text plus a side-by-side modern translation of every Shakespeare play. LitCharts From the creators of SparkNotes, something better. Playing Beatie Bow by Ruth Park. Download this LitChart! Themes All Themes. Symbols All Symbols. Theme Wheel. The matriarch of the Tallisker-Bow clan, Granny originally came over from the Orkney isles north of Scotland with her granddaughter Dovey in tow, to live with her own daughter, Amelia, who had married Samuel Bow.

By the time Granny arrived, however, her daughter—and most of the other Bows—were sick with smallpox. Amelia and four Bow children perished, leaving only Samuel and his children Judah , Beatie , and the sickly Gibbie behind. Granny, in her old age, is preoccupied only with preserving the Gift in the face of a terrible prophecy, which foretells the barrenness of one Bow and the death of another. The prophecy also foretells that a Stranger will come to save the day. When Abigail arrives, Granny believes that Abigail is the foretold savior of the Gift, and conspires to keep her in the past despite.

Despite her machinations and obsessions, Granny is kind, good, and warm—so much so that Abigail knows instinctively and immediately that Granny will care for her. Granny would do anything for her family, and by proxy, anything for Abigail—though at the back of her mind is always the fact that the Gift must be preserved at any cost. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one:. Chapter 2 Quotes. Related Themes: Time and the Past.

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Download it! The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance. Chapter 3. A few minutes later, a tall Granny and Dovey speculate about where Abigail could have come from. Dovey believes Abigail to be Judah and Granny go downstairs, and Dovey comes back over to Abigail to place a hand on her Abigail then turns away from Beatie, Chapter 4.

She wants to like Dovey, but does not fully trust her. Granny enters the room as well—both women are in dressing-gowns.

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The two women converse in quiet tones—Dovey tells Granny that Judah, a seaman, left to join the crew of the next ship out, as Granny tells Dovey that she is certain about Abigail—she is the Stranger who will save the Abigail begins to wail, but reminds herself that she needs to keep a Granny comes into the room to check on Abigail, and when Abigail asks if she can Granny tells Abigail that all there is to read is the family Bible, but Abigail shakes Dovey tells Beatie that Granny wants her to read the Bible to Abigail, and suggests she read her a nice Beatie tells Abigail she does not want to go against Granny , since Granny thinks Abigail is the Stranger, and wants to keep her around.

Abigail tells Beatie pleads with Abigail not to go to Granny , saying that all she wants is Chapter 5. Bow got his hands on the rum. Abigail realizes Granny tells Dovey she is going to go after Samuel, and asks Dovey to help clean The author has cleverly , actually very creatively, woven their stories together and we learn that they have more in common than the same address.

Their stories will break your heart. I have to admit at times , I was not into the fairytale but once I got what the stories were really about , I saw it in a different light. The precocious Elsa is definitely beyond her years but it was hard at times to believe that a 7 year old would be as wise and knowing about people as she was.


She's so smart and astute that you sometimes forget she's only seven until we see the insecurities and vulnerabilities of a seven year old dealing with her parents' divorce, confronting grief and death and her anxiety over having a half brother or sister and fear that she won't be loved as much. This may not be for everyone but if you loved A Man Called Ove , although a different story , you will find the same humanity here with imperfections, vulnerabilities and triumphs of spirit.

This is about a little girl and fairytale but this is definitely a book for grownup kids. View all 75 comments. I love this authors books! And there was some Britt-Marie!! I know I spelled that wrong. I listened to the audio from the library instead of reading my books as I'm trying to beat the clock.

Hopefully I will come back around to all the books I'm reading at this time and do them justice!! Absolutely loved it! Happy Reading!! View all 18 comments. I almost didn't give this book a star rating at all. As I listened to it I couldn't really figure out if I like it or not. It has shades of books I cannot stand and shades of books I love. In the end, I couldn't bring myself to leave the star rating blank, but I am not sure you can trust my experience to match the experience you might have. Because of this I went into this with high expectations. While this has some I almost didn't give this book a star rating at all.

While this has some similarities to A Man Called Ove, it is definitely a very different book. While Ove is a fairly straightforward story, this one ventured back and forth from reality to make believe that I found a little bit hard to stay interested in.

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I mention make believe, and at times this book ventures into the realm of magical realism. Usually my experience with magical realism is a positive one, but I did not care for it much here. I think the reason might be that it frequently reminded me of Gaiman's The Ocean at the End of the Lane , which I didn't care for at all.

So, if you are a fan of that book, you may enjoy this one, too. I did like all the different characters and exploring all of their personalities. I think this is the biggest thing that carried over from Backman's other stories. Each person is a side story unto themselves and it is fun watching their tales all get woven together. In the end, I cannot say for sure if I recommend this one or not. If you liked other Backman books, don't go in expecting the same. If you are a fan of fairy tales, you might like it. If you don't like odd stories that stray a bit from reality, this is not the book for you.

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View all 44 comments. May 16, Margitte rated it it was amazing. Seven-year-old Elsa was a good combination of the two. Wild, naive, and philosophical. Precocious, brattish and different. Elsa knew very well what grown-ups meant when they described her as 'very grown-up for her age'. What they actually meant was 'she is massively annoying for her age' , which they directed at her parents with strained smiles spread all over t Children's characters, such as Pippi Longstocking, and Sophie of Sophie's World by Jostein Gaarder , comes to mind, reading this book.

What they actually meant was 'she is massively annoying for her age' , which they directed at her parents with strained smiles spread all over their faces.

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They treated her as though she was mentally impaired. All she did was correct their spelling, or something similar.

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What was so wrong with that, I beg you? She was not as thick as other seven-year-olds. Her extraordinary intelligence counted against her. Her parents were divorced. They were both living in new blended families. Her mother was pregnant again with Halfie half-sister or brother ; George, the step-dad, could prepare eggs and jog, and loved wearing his jogging shorts over his leggings; Her dad lost touch with reality along time ago when he fell in love with fonts.

The chances of him delivering any graphic designs on time is zero. The choice of fonts prevented him from finishing anything. Otherwise, he found happiness with Lizette and her two young children. Elsa felt threatened by the new baby, and lost in her dad's new life. Her grandmother was a dysfunctional superhero in Elsa's world. A retired, year-old doctor, who triggered the smoke-alarms at the airports with her smoking in the ladie's room with an open door; was asked to retire after refusing to stop smoking in the operating theater; spilled Fanta on Elsa's iPhone and tried to dry it out in the toaster; climb fences at the zoo in the middle of the night; threw policemen with turds; traveled all over the world to save lives when everyone else was rushing to get out and away from dire war situations.

Creating fairy tale-metaphors for little Elsa, was her grandmother's way of teaching the hard realities of life in story form to the little girl without friends. Nobody understood this bright child, not even the teachers and headmaster at school, where she was constantly bullied. Her busy parents did not know what was happening to her. Granny knew, and taught Elsa how to handle it through the fairy tales.

Elsa learnt to run. Run very fast. She learnt to observe everything. She learnt to read and write properly. Grandma expected of her to read books to her while grandma drove her ancient rusting Renault around town, without a driver's license. Grandma could not spell. Almost-eight-year-old Elsa constantly had to correct granny's writing for her! Elsa started correcting everyone's writing. Even the notices at restaurants. The words she did not understand, was added to her dad's word jar. Elsa was born on boxing day.

Her story was a Christmas Story. The currency there is imagination; instead of buying something with coins you buy it with a good story. Who was Elsa to disagree. And they have to have happy endings, which is something that Elsa has decided completely on her own. Wars and storms an pursuits and intrigues and stuff, because that was the sort of action stories that Granny liked.

Grandma created different kingdoms in the Land-of-Almost-Awake: Miploris. I dance. Grandma died of cancer. Elsa lost her only friend. What was it about death that was so devastating? She would be introduced to the real people who were characters in the fairy tales, and who would open up a big world of possibilities to the seven-year-old heartbroken little girl.

All the people living in their big old building had a story to tell, relationships to explain, history to be completed, and a communal love for her grandma to be celebrated. The treasure hunt unleashed in the letters, would bring closure to everyone mentioned or addressed in the letters. They were cranky, quirky, mysterious, dysfunctional or simply strange. As each letter is delivered, more color, as well as a mysterious danger, is added to this Christmas tale.

Britt-Marie, one of the busybody neighbors who would have been a perfect murder victim in a Inspector Poirot murder mystery, had everyone up in arms with her nosy interference. But when she received her letter from grandma, she had an important lesson to teach to Elsa. At all costs we want to stir up some sort of feeling in others.

The soul abhors a vacuum. At all costs it longs for contact. I want someone to know I was here. Life was changed for all of them. I was bowled over when I discovered, after finishing the book, that it was written by the author of A Man Called Ove. Yes, I know I was a bit dimwitted. By saying this I admit being in total cohorts with Grandma in the story.

I not only liked her; I recognized her as a soulmate! Apart from that, the surprise was wonderful. A Man Called Ove was one of my all-time favorite books, still is. This book, with a quirky, lovable, eccentric, unique cast of characters; its cheeky sense of humor; social commentary and tongue in cheek approach to the absurdities of 'Society', combined with fairy tales in the Harry Potter zeitgeist, kept me cemented to the plot and pathos of an extraordinary as well as entertaining story, written by a highly talented author.

If you loved Ove, you might love shrewd, intelligent, wise, cranky, funny as hell Grandma too. You will recognize the humor and daring thoughts at play. View all 45 comments. Sep 02, Susan Crowe rated it it was amazing Shelves: very-favorite-books-ever , books , kindle-library-lend. Ok, after a good night sleep, I can tell how I feel about this book. Once, towards the end, I was sobbing so hard, I was afraid my husband would hear me in the next room. View 2 comments. Mar 07, Julie rated it really liked it Shelves: contemporary-fiction , fantasy , , humor , e-book.

It was suggested to me several times that I should go back and read this book because Brit-Marie is a secondary character here and this book is a segue into BMWH. After having read several books in a row with melancholy themes, this book brightened my mood significantly. There are plenty poignant and emotional moments expertly woven into this humorous and whimsical story which features a precocious seven -year old girl named Elsa.

Every seven -year old deserves a superhero. For Elsa that is her seventy-seven year old grandmother who regales her with stories that become like a secret communication between them. Her grandmother always comes to defense, is always in her corner, something Elsa desperately needs because she is a little different. This, of course, sets her up for a great deal of bullying at school, and causes her mother a good deal of exasperation at times. Elsa is not only sad, but is also angry that her grandmother has abandoned her. But, via a series of apology letters her grandmother wrote to various people she felt she had wronged, Elsa is sent on an adventurous journey that will enlighten her, challenge her perception of her beloved grandmother, and change the dynamics of her relationship with her mother and other family members, opening a door towards forgiveness and acceptance.

Elsa stole my heart, as was intended. I enjoy seeing children portrayed as trailblazers in a way, because they refuse to give in to conformity. That she related to those characters, is a testament to how stories and books can offer relief and comfort, as well as influence and teach. But overall this is a story of family and its complexities and mysteries, the regrets and mistakes, and triumphs and sacrifices made over the course of a lifetime, atonement, understanding, forgiveness, and embracing individuality.

I was thoroughly entertained by this novel, and enjoyed experiencing the wealth of and range of emotions and it evoked.


This is a delightful story, full of charm and hope!! View all 24 comments. Jul 22, Luffy rated it really liked it. This has been on my shelf since It's about time I read it. There is a strong vibe of C. Lewis and his Wardrobe. There are ideas copied from Roald Dahl likewise. I still think the book is very polished. Elsa is 7 years old and her only friend is her grandmother.

What happens to them and why the title is so? Read the book and find out for yourselves. There have been moments when I didn't want to take the book and read. But then there have been instances where I couldn't put the book down. Th This has been on my shelf since The non magical bits are stark, if not outright somber. In the end the author tries to distance himself from Dahl and Lewis, and succeeds in that too. View all 9 comments.

What have I read here? A delightful take on life? A sensitive take on grief? A wise take on relationships? Perhaps all of it. And more. At the centre of this book, is an almost -eight-years old, Elsa. When her best and quirky friend, her grandmother, leaves her a series of letters upon her death to be delivered to their intended receivers, she sets onto a thrilling journey of discoveries. What was the primary purpose of the letters you ask?

You guessed it. To say sorry. Among Elsa's neighbours are eccentric chatterboxes and drunken workaholics, weird hounds and mysterious lurkers. Her mother is her punch-bag over teen issues if Elsa can be called a teen that is and her Dad is her word collector who can stand everything except a grammatically incorrect sentence. Well, mostly.

Wading through this motley hoard of people, Elsa embarks on a voyage of her own, fumbling on realities at every step and growing wiser with every revelation. Reading quality literature like the Harry Potter series comes handy. And so does listening to and reminiscing Granny's fairy tales. After all, she is the Knight in the Land-of-Almost-Awake! He possesses a deceptively easy style of narration but one is taken aback by the substance he packs in his one-liners.

Never mess with someone who has more spare time than you do. Its strange how close love and fear live to each other. It appears as if Backman leaned on many a poles and watched people battle their demons in routine life - just how some transformed into the fiercest warriors under chaotic spells but were sorely defeated by the toothless, simple, predictable plateau of life.

And why everyone, irrespective of their positions on the axis of life, needed attention. We want to be loved; failing that, admired; failing that, feared; failing that, hated and despised. At all costs, we want to stir up some sort of feeling in others. Our soul abhors a vacuum. The strength of Backman's narrative rests on his seamless switching between hilarity and sombreness, keeping the sensibilities of his characters away from dilution.

So when a child and a war soldier look at the same issue and engage in a long discussion, their respective identities and backgrounds stand beside them like faithful sentries. That both can still reach a common ground is the beauty of this book. This work is a magnificent ode to humanity and the many virtues that guard it from losing its sheen.

It's a subtle but strong call to dream, to imagine, to protect, to persevere, to sing, to dance, to fly, to fall yet to stand, to encourage, to fight for the right cause, to love, to forgive; in other words, to live. Nothing is a shame, even believing in superheroes, if it eventually adds up to the good in this world. View all 41 comments. This was a tough one to bear after loving Ove sooooo much. Sure, I liked Elsa well enough, 7 going on 8, and Granny was pretty amazing, but the constant reverting to fairytale land made this such a disappointment for me, I was ready to ditch it several times.

There was a story to be told but with too many distractions; too many things to NOT like along the way. On the audio, read with a nice British accent, I couldn't be sure of any spellings or obviously of my hearing ; so please bear with me This was a tough one to bear after loving Ove sooooo much. On the audio, read with a nice British accent, I couldn't be sure of any spellings or obviously of my hearing ; so please bear with me here while I complain.

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