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The Diamond in the Window (1962)

de Jane Langton

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A very unusual house... Eddy and Eleanor Hall have always known that their family was a bit out of the ordinary. After all, they live in one of the most remarkable houses in all of Concord. But they never guessed just how extraordinary their house really is, or what tremendous secrets about their family's past it holds. That is, until they discover the magical attic room with its beautiful stained-glass window, abandoned toys, and two perfectly made-up, empty beds that seem to be waitingperhaps for two children just like themselves....… (mais)
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This one is the best of the first three in the series. My kids liked it too. Some of it is dated (exoticism of Krishna, for example, and characterization of the villain is racist) but the essential elements still work. Being trapped in a seashell? Hunting for treasure? Transcendentalism? Yes! ( )
  erikasolberg770 | Nov 4, 2020 |
The sexism and other out-dated perspectives detracted somewhat from my enjoyment of the story, but it was written long time ago (in the year of my birth!) and is actually reminiscent of an even earlier time. It reminds me of Nesbit and Eager, and the best bits especially of the tart & mysterious bits of Mary Poppins. The time period is a hundred years" after the Transcendentalists were active (pretty vague) and the ages of the children are similarly vague: Edward could be as young as seven, Eleanor as old as 13, and they could be anywhere between 1 and 6 years apart (I chose to think of them as 8 and 11).

The philosophy is an important part of the magical quest. Parents are dead. Aunt Lily is active in the church and sings hymns at home sometimes, but isn't at all stuffy. Uncle Freddy (aunt's older brother) has Thoreau and Emerson memorized and is very in tune with Nature. Reincarnation is implied as a real thing, and the basic 'magic' underpinning the adventure seems simple, more secular than specific to any formal mythology.

And my comments so far make the book seem confused, messy, random. It's not. It may seem so if read too fast: I had to keep reminding myself to slow down, to think about what I was reading, to pay attention to the specific themes and language and metaphors... none of that is difficult but it does require one to tear oneself away from the headlong excitement of the quest long enough to absorb them. Maybe the intended audience, a younger or busier reader than I, would naturally read more slowly and/or with more interruptions, and so would find those deeper riches more accessible? A reread would be good, too... and I know that this is the kind of book that I might have reread many times when I was a child.

I will save this book and maybe reread it myself. One of the sequels, The Fledgling, is a Newbery Honor. so I will be reading that with the GR group. Another, The Time Bike, is widely avl in CLAN, so I'll read that then, too. I won't fret, at this time, to get the other sequels; after all, the next, The Swing in the Summerhouse, sounds almost more like a rehash of this than something fresh and special." ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
As a child I must have read this a hundred times. A wonderful fantasy and introduction to Transcendentalism. ( )
  jillrhudy | Feb 27, 2015 |
You may not have heard of The Diamond in the Window by Jane Langton. I recently bought a used paperback on Amazon , but the first edition to the left (1962) is the one that caught my attention when I pulled it from the shelf at the library when I was about 12. It had a profound influence on my imagination as a child.

Eddy and Eleanor lived in a cool old house in Concord, MA. Their family was a bit odd. One day they notice the diamond shaped attic window and realized they’d never been up there so off they go. Weirder than their family is the scattered toys around the room and empty beds as if two children had been there. Their aunt tells them her brother and sister, Ned and Nora, had vanished from the room and no trace was ever found. Eddy and Eleanor move into the attic to try and solve the mystery and start to have shared dreams in which they see Ned and Nora. Did I say there was magic and treasure?

I loved this book and never realized, aside from being an awesome story, it was about Transcendentalism. Who knew? I think it subconsciously opened my mind to other possibilities for the unexplained as ever since then I’ve loved mysteries, ghosts and the like. I never knew there are more in the series so I will have to try and get copies of those.

It made my list of top five all time favorite books. http://historysleuth.org/2013/03/childhood-books-shape-your-life/ ( )
  CindyAmrhein | May 20, 2014 |
Stretched my ability to believe in the world. ( )
  njcur | Feb 13, 2014 |
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A very unusual house... Eddy and Eleanor Hall have always known that their family was a bit out of the ordinary. After all, they live in one of the most remarkable houses in all of Concord. But they never guessed just how extraordinary their house really is, or what tremendous secrets about their family's past it holds. That is, until they discover the magical attic room with its beautiful stained-glass window, abandoned toys, and two perfectly made-up, empty beds that seem to be waitingperhaps for two children just like themselves....

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