When Marnie Was There

Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna s first ever friend.Anna lives with foster parents, a misfit with no friends, always on the outside of things Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg, where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around the water There is a house, the Marsh House, which she feels she recognises and she soon meets a strange little girl called Marnie, who becomes Anna s first ever friend Then one day, Marnie vanishes A new family, the Lindsays, move into the Marsh House Having learnt so much from Marnie about friendship, Anna makes firm friends with the Lindsays and learns some strange truths about Marnie, who was not all she seemed
When Marnie Was There Anna lives with foster parents a misfit with no friends always on the outside of things Then she is sent to Norfolk to stay with old Mr and Mrs Pegg where she runs wild on the sand dunes and around

  • Title: When Marnie Was There
  • Author: Joan G. Robinson
  • ISBN: 9780007104772
  • Page: 498
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “When Marnie Was There”

    1. Final rating: 4.5 starsIf you didn't know by now, I'm a die-hard Studio Ghibli fan. It was a huge part of my childhood and thus far, has made all of my favourite movies. So last year when I heard that they were taking a hiatus, I was heartbroken. Fortunately, they made their (most probably) last film before the announcement. After looking into it, I found out that the film is based on this book. The English version of the film will be released in less than a month, and what better time to start [...]

    2. Anna is unhappy. Finding life hard at school and feeling unloved by her foster parents, Anna goes to stay with Mr and Mrs Pegg who live in a Norfolk village by the sea. Anna enjoys her freedom roaming the sand dunes and salt marsh and thinks she longs for solitude until she makes friends with another lonely young girl who lives in a house Anna feels inexplicably drawn to.The book has beautiful illustrations by Peggy Fortnum, unfortunately our copy was a recent reprint which has given the book a [...]

    3. If she really got to know them, and they her, all that would be spoiled. They would be like all the others then- only half friendly. They, from inside, looking curiously at her, outside- expecting her to like what they liked, have what they had, do what they did. And when they found she didn’t, hadn’t, couldn’t- or what ever it was that that always cut her off from the rest- they would lose interest.I don’t know if nostalgia for what never was is all there is. It feels like that is true, [...]

    4. Apparently this is going to be a Studio Ghibli movie, and when the bookseller lady in Tokyo told me I was of course like "Must own this nowwwwww" so I bought it and read it and loved it. It's a very quiet, bittersweet book, taking place in England in the early 60's. It has sort of that C.S. Lewis-y feel to it, very British.It's about a lonely, unhappy orphan who makes friends with another girl who may or may not be real. The mystery of who Marnie really is and whether she even exists is what pro [...]

    5. There will be a new Studio Ghibli film based on this book in 2014! Directed by the man who made the Arietty film, so I'll be expecting gorgeous backdrops and music. :)facebook/FansOfStudio

    6. The book is so enchanting. My heart was filled with so much emotion and my imagination was so free, creating those wonderful scenery that felt so dreamy and magical. I felt like Anna, I can relate with her a lot and how lonely she was sometimes. I love Marnie and how she's created to be like a dream and a reality all together. I love how the book transported me to my own childhood and all those fantasies I once have as well. The pacing of the story is so so good, the storytelling is superb! It i [...]

    7. This book is going to haunt me. Not because the animated film based on it is Studio Ghibli's swan song. Not because of the plot itself--which is the tiniest bit predictable in spots. No, it's because these sentences from the first few pages hit me like a punch in the gut: She knew perfectly well that things like parties and best friends and going to tea with people were fine for everyone else, because everyone else was "inside"--inside some sort of invisible magic circle. But Anna herself was ou [...]

    8. What an enchanting book. I've been wanting to read When Marnie Was There for over a year now, but I had a ridiculous amount of trouble getting my hands on the book. Until the last year or so, it hadn't had many printings, so there aren't all too many copies out there. When Studio Ghibli announced their adaptation, prices for the book rose astronomically. When I was looking to buy the book a year ago, I couldn't find any copy for less than a few hundred dollars (seriously). No library even close [...]

    9. Quite by chance, I read about this book somewhere in connection with the Japanese film to be made from it. The book itself, a British children's novel, was published in 1967. It is a quiet, mysterious little book about a lonely little girl, living for the summer with an older couple, foster parents, at the British seaside. She is something of a misfit and is given a lot of freedom to roam the shore alone. She is fascinated with an old house, which appears to be uninhabited, near the water's edge [...]

    10. This was my absolute favourite book as a child. A really beautiful story about a lonely girl who learns to make friends with the help of another girl, who comes through time to help her. (I won't tell you who the girl is). Beautifully written. Absolutely superb.

    11. This strange yet wonderful little book was filled with mysteries all the way through. Is Marnie an imaginary friend? A ghost? A human girl? This question is what leads the main character searching for her long-lost friend and what makes this book certainly worth reading.

    12. The Ghibli movie is coming out in Japan soon, so I gave this book a read-through. Maybe now I can try seeing it in the theater even though I probably won't get most of the dialogAs far as setting, description, and memorable characters go, I found this book an immersing read. The town is based on a real place, and it really feels solid. The author paints a vivid description of Anna's inner mind, so you can always relate to what she's going through. (One thing I have to ask is why is Anna so slow [...]

    13. Last year, I marathoned all Studio Ghibli movies and 'When Marnie Was There' is also one of their works. Back then, I didn't know it's based on a book but I picked it up as soon as I found out because let's face it, all of us love comparing the book to the movie. (there wasn't much difference anyway)Anna, a very quiet girl moves to a village and there, befriends Marlie. That's it. That's the whole story.Now, I'm not being mean or anything. The story is good. It's about the importance of family, [...]

    14. 3.5This was a really touching story. While the prose was beautiful, it was a little jarring to read in such a fancy style compared to most of the other books I've read before. Yet, it was still lovely and I found myself putting this book aside so that I could savor it when I finally did return to read another few chapters. I definitely recommend this if you want to read something relaxing with gorgeous writing and British slang.I think I will compare this to the movie when I see it so that I can [...]

    15. A winsome timeslip that I read as a child and like just as much as an adult! My review is available at:perfectretort/201

    16. Хочу теперь пересмотреть мульт и родить ещё четверых детей.

    17. Anna struggles to make friends and frequently gets into trouble at her boarding school, which troubles her foster mother, Mrs. Preston. In order to help Anna, Mrs. Preston, whom Anna calls "Auntie," sends her for an extended summer holiday to stay with Mr. and Mrs. Pegg in Norfolk. While exploring the marshes surrounding the Peggs' house, Anna discovers The Marsh House, and eventually meets Marnie, a young girl always dressed in fine clothing who lives in the house and comes to meet Anna in secr [...]

    18. I really miss being able to pass little gems like this one onto my mum. She would have adored Anna and Marnie. Anna is a young orphan girl who by her own judgement is both friendless and unloved. Her foster parents send her to live with an elderly couple in Norfolk in a cottage by the sea. She roams the beach and the marshes all day long, becoming fascinated by a large property called Marsh House and the ethereal little girl spied having her hair brushed in an upstairs window. The prose evokes t [...]

    19. I liked the movie better . The novel was not as dramatic . However the element of mystery and supernatural goose flesh was there . It all makes sense in the end . But the transition to the end was not as brilliant as in the movie . It sort of plodded along a little in the middle and obviously the movie was more condensed and that worked well for the movie. Still the ending is so good that it makes 4 stars . Plus Im liked the authors daughter writing a final chapter telling how she watched her mo [...]

    20. First published in 1967 this children's classic is one I'd never heard of, and am surprised of. It was a great story! The type of thing I would have loved when I was 10, like The Secret Garden or something wistful like that The loneliness of childhood is something that will always be a favorite subject of children's stories This was made into Studio Ghibli movie in 2014 and it felt like reading a Miyazaki movie, if you know what I meanAnother thing about this book is that a kind student lent it [...]

    21. Well Studio Ghibli, you have made the right choise and that's the reason I picked this book in the first place. I can't imagine any other studio to give this story the justice it deserves, and I'm happy it gets a bigger audience due the film. In Finland you don't seem to find the book anywhere and libraries have put it to the storages to gather dust or have tossed it away from the collections for eternity; and it's a huge shame. Maybe this book doesn't have much readers here and it was published [...]

    22. Fantastic book that really gives a sense of the setting. Audio version excellent as well. The movie is only three stars. I wish there were a live action that was true to the book and set in Norfolk.

    23. I would have liked this better had I read it at 12. It's pretty predictable and slight from my 50-something perspective. I'm not unhappy I read it, but it's already slipping away from me.

    24. با وجود داستان ساده و ریتمِ آرام و باطمانینه‌اش، با عظمت و عمیق است

    25. 3,5. Viihdyin kyllä kirjan parissa ja nautin lukemisesta, mutta tarina ei ihan ollut sellainen kuin olisin toivonut. Olisin halunnut Marnien ja Annan ystävyydelle paremman selityksen. Lisäksi Marnie oli todella ärsyttävä hahmo. Miljöökuvauksesta kuitenkin nautin, ja Anna oli ihana.

    26. Thank you Sundos for recommendation! I loved the book, I would not ever imagine such a beautiful ending, it was brilliant and I felt like a lil kid again! Wonderful!

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