January 15th, 2009

Fishy Circumstances

The Little White Horse

When I was ten, I read The Little White Horse by Elizabeth Goudge, checked out from my local library in London. A year or two later, it lingered in my mind, and none of the local libraries had it. A year or two later again, in Iowa, I found an ex-library copy at the Planned Parenthood annual booksale, and bought it. I still remember some of the poems in it. My impression of the plot is hazy, although I think of the book with residual fondness. One of the things I remember liking about it was that, although there are fantastic things in the book, there is also a great deal of common sense. It was a very grounded book.

At the bookstore on Monday, I picked up a book with an unfamiliar title in the young adult's section - and learned that The Little White Horse was now a major motion picture by the name of The Secret of Moonacre. It stars - among other people - Dakota Richards and Tim Curry. The world of the trailer looks far less sensible than how I remember the book, but it's been a very long time since I last read it. Its English premier will be January 25th. (Its world premier was the Toronto IFF). We'll see....