Saturday, 11 April 2015

Pollyanna by Eleanor H. Porter

This is an uplifting and inspiring story of an orphaned little girl named, Pollyanna.

Pollyanna goes to live with her mother's sister, Aunt Polly, when her father dies. She lost her mother when she was too young. Aunt Polly is wealthy and rich. But the lost love affair has turned her into a bitter woman who believes only in performing her duty, not in love and care. She arranges a little attic room for Pollyanna, to keep her away from the house. Pollyanna grew up as a poor girl. She had hoped to live a better life with her aunt. She is dismayed, seeing the attic room. Then she remembers the 'glad game', taught by her father, who was a missionary.It is about finding a reason to be glad, in every situation. Then, she tries to be glad for the view through the window and also for finding no mirrors, which would have shown her freckles. Pollyanna's constant chatter and innocence help her to make friends and she spreads the gladness to them, through 'glad game'. Many learn to find a silver lining in every dark cloud, playing the game, but not Aunt Polly. Everything changes, when an accident happens to Pollyanna.

Pollyanna reminded me of Anne of Green Gables. Both the characters have similarities like both are orphans, constant chattering, desire to look good etc. But I did not enjoy reading this as much I did reading Anne of Green Gables. The entire story is based on glad game. Pollyanna's father tells her that there are more than 800 "rejoicing texts" in the Bible. So if the Bible says that more than 800 times, then everyone ought to pay attention to that. And he teaches her this glad game , which is about positive thinking .It helps her to be optimistic always. She passes this game on to everyone she meets and they all find reasons to be glad in adverse situations. This book will cheer you up. It will teach you that not all comparisons are the thieves of joy. 

Here are the quotes I liked from the book:

“Just breathing isn't living!”

“... there is something about everything that you can be glad about, if you keep hunting long enough to find it.”

“... if God took the trouble to tell us eight hundred times to be glad and rejoice, He must want us to do it—SOME.”

“What men and women need is encouragement. Their natural resisting powers should be strengthened, not weakened…. Instead of always harping on a man’s faults, tell him of his virtues. Try to pull him out of his rut of bad habits. Hold up to him his better self, his REAL self that can dare and do and win out! … The influence of a beautiful, helpful, hopeful character is contagious, and may revolutionize a whole town…. People radiate what is in their minds and in their hearts. If a man feels kindly and obliging, his neighbors will feel that way, too, before long. But if he scolds and scowls and criticizes—his neighbors will return scowl for scowl, and add interest! … When you look for the bad, expecting it, you will get it. When you know you will find the good—you will get that…”

P.S. Try 'Glad Game'. It may cheer you up.

Happy Reading!!!

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