The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia P.Hale is one of the most fantastic, beautiful, surreal book that I have read since now. Although The New York Review presents this book in the Children's Collection this one is a great reading for adults as well.
I bought this copy during a tea party organized by the ladies of the charity Books for Dogs, in Umbertide.
The eccentricity of the various characters, components of the Peterkin's family will conquer you. The members of this family don't read the reality as all the rest of common families, in fact. Forget it.
Implied: every family is particular and with specificities. The Peterkins are original. But where, you will ask to the reviewer?
They are original mainly in the... thinking and in the area of problem-solving.
The Peterkins don't see the simplicity of an action, they see the immense difficulty and complexity that a situation of every sorta can presents; they must analyze, often without resolving, sometimes, searching for absurd, hilarious solutions without escapism but at the same time their wonderful world is populated by helpers (the lady from Philadelphia, mainly) in grade to give them good advice, suggesting the simplest actions for sorting out problems experienced in the various chapters. They're a dreaming family; they live in a "system of thinking" made by complexities, made by mental structures plenty of originality, surrealism and absurdity. But... You will love this family, you will smile and laugh living their experiences and adventures and they deserve a big thumb up because they live an existence completely different from the rest of people and they are simply adorable.
Not only: they live in a perennial enchantment regarding this world, and this positive vibe will reach you.
It would be beautiful to live with a family like this one, because stimulating and original. Seeing sometimes our old world under other perspective is always stimulating.
Highly highly recommended.
Anna Maria Polidori