کتاب بابا لنگ دراز

اثر جین وبستر از انتشارات قدیانی - مترجم: مهرداد مهدویان-داستان تاریخی

When Jerusha Abbott, an eighteen-year-old girl living in an orphan asylum, was told that a mysterious millionaire had agreed to pay for her education, it was like a dream come true. For the first time in her life, she had someone she could pretend was family. But everything was not perfect, for he chose to remain anonymous and asked that she only write him concerning her progress in school. Who was this mysterious gentleman and would Jerusha ever meet him?


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دوره ی نوجوانی، خیلی به کتاب های مختلف دسترسی نداشتم. هر چی بود، از کتابخونه ی محقر مدرسه ی راهنمایی می گرفتم که یه انبار بود که دو تا قفسه ی خاک خورده گذاشته بودن به عنوان کتابخونه. اما یکی دو تا کتاب متوسط که از همون کتابخونه ی محقر گرفتم، به یکی از رؤیاهای شیرین دوره ی نوجوانیم بدل شدن. حالا اگه امثال این کتاب رو اون دوره می خوندم، فکر کنم حس می کردم توی بهشت دنیوی زندگی میکنم.

راستی این بخش بی نظیر رو خوندید؟؟
جودی عزیزم!
ما به اندازه خاطرات خوشی که از دیگران داریم آنها را دوست داریم و به آنها وابسته می شویم و هر چه خاطرات خوشمان از شخصی بیشتر باشد علاقه و وابستگی ما بیشتر می شود.

بزرگوار بی سوادی که این رو روی اینترنت منتشر کرده، حتی یک بار هم ورق نزده کتاب رو تا متوجه بشه که تمام کتاب، تمام کتاب، فقط نامه های جودی به بابا لنگ درازه و هیچ نامه ای، هیچ نامه ای از بابا لنگ دراز نیست.

این بخش فوق العاده زیبا رو چی؟

بابا لنگ دراز عزیز!
تمام دلخوشی دنیای من به این است که ندانی دوستت دارم. وقتی می فهمی و میرانی ام چیزی درون دلم فرو میریزد. چیزی شبیه غرور.
بابا لنگ دراز عزیز!
لطفا گاهی خودت را به نفهمی بزن و بگذار دوستت بدارم.

جودی هرگز چنین نامه ای ننوشته. جودی هیچ نامه ای رو این طوری ادبی نمی نویسه. همه ی نامه هاش با لحن کودکانه و ساده ی زیبایی نوشته شده. این هم خیلی روی اینترنت منتشر شده.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Daddy-Long-Legs, Jean Webster
Daddy-Long-Legs is a 1912 epistolary novel by the American writer Jean Webster. It follows the protagonist, a young girl named Jerusha @[email protected] Abbott, through her college years, who writes the letters to her benefactor, a rich man whom she has never seen.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه سپتامبر سال 1972 میلادی
عنوان: بابا لنگ دراز؛ نویسنده: جین وبستر؛ مترجم: میمنت دانا؛ تهران، صفیعلیشاه، 1340، در 209 ص، مصور؛ چاپ ششم 1366؛ هفتم 1371؛ هشتم تا یازدهم 1374؛ دوازدهم 1375؛ چهاردهم 1379؛ شابک: 9645626579؛ موضوع: داستانهای نویسندگان امریکایی - قرن 19 م
مترجمهای دیگر این اثر: داریوش شاهین در 238 ص؛ سوسن اردکانی در 240 ص؛ مریم نیری در 175 ص؛ مهدی علوی در 88 ص؛ محسن سلیمانی در 347 ص؛ امیرعباس حسینی آذر در 192 ص؛ بابک حقایق در 196 ص؛ مانی هاشمیان و گلناز نویدان در 142 ص؛ غزاله ابراهیمی سیاقی در 172 ص؛ آمنه کریمی در 192 ص؛ مهرداد مهدویان در 286 ص؛
سرپرست مهربان و عزیزی که بچه­ های یتیم رو به کالج می­فرستد: من رسیدم! اینجام! دیروز چهار ساعت با قطار، توی راه بودم. حس جالبیه؟ نه؟ من هیچوقت سوار قطار نشده بودم... کالج جای بزرگ و شگفت ­آوریه، هروقت اتاقمو ترک می­کنم، گم می­شم. بعدا وقتی که احساس سردرگمی کمتری داشتم، حتما براتون تعریف می­کنم چطور جاییه، همین طور «راجب درسام». تا دوشنبه صبح کلاسی شروع نمی­شه، و الان شب شنبه است. اما من فقط خواستم یه نامه بنویسم، برای اینکه کمی باهم آشنا شیم. حس غریبیه اینکه، برای کسی نامه بنویسی، که نمی­شناسیش. کلا برای من، که بیشتر از سه یا چهار بار چیزی ننوشتم، کمی حس غریبیه، پس اگه یه نوشته ی ایدآلی نباشه لطفا چشم ­پوشی کنین! دیروز قبل از اینکه یتیمخانه رو ترک کنم، خانم «لیپت» و من، یه گفتگوی جدی ­ای داشتیم. اون به من توضیح داد، که از این به بعد چطور باید رفتار کنم، مخصوصا با یک مرد اصیل و اشراف­زاده، که برای من کارای زیادی می­کنه. باید خیلی مواظب باشم که با احترام برخورد کنم! اما آخه چطور میشه یه نامه با احترام و ادب برای کسی نوشت که دلش میخواد: «جان اسمیت» خطابش کنی؟ چرا اسمی رو انتخاب نکردین که کمتر دوستانه باشه؟ تابستون امسال خیلی «راجب» شما فکر کردم؛ با داشتن کسی که بعد از اینهمه سال، منو پشتیبانی مالی کنه احساس می­کنم که یه جورایی خانواده پیدا کردم. به نظر می­رسه که الان من به یه شخصی تعلق دارم. و این یه احساس آرامش بخشیه. لازمه که بگم وقتی که به شما فکر می­کنم فقط تصور خیلی کم و مبهمی دارم. اینها سه چیزی هستن که راجبتون می­دونم: 1: قد بلندین. 2: پولدارین. 3: از دخترها بدتون میاد. اول در نظر داشتم که شما رو «آقای متنفر از دخترها» صدا بزنم، اما این توهین به من بود. یا آقای پولدار که این هم توهین به شما بود، انگار که تنها پول راجب شما مهم هست. تازه پولدار بودن یه صفت ظاهری هس. و ممکنه شما یه زمانی دیگه پولدار نباشین؛ مثل همه مردهای باهوشی که توی مراکز سرمایه­ داری تمام داراریشونو می­بازن. اما حداقل شما تمام عمرتون رو قدبلند خواهین موند! برای همین من تصمیم گرفتم شما رو «بابا لنگ دراز» صدا بزنم. امیدوارم اشکالی نداشته باشته. این فقط یه اسم مستعاریه که ما به خانم «لیپت» نخواهیم گفت. زنگ ساعت ده الانه که بعد دو دقیقه زده شه. تمام روزهای ما با زنگها تقسیم شده. ما با این زنگها می­خوریم، می­خوابیم و درس می­خونیم. این خیلی روحیه میده. آهان! زنگ خورد! خاموشی! شب بخیر. پانوشت‌: می­بینین که من با چه دقت و ظرافتی قوانین رو رعایت می­کنم، به خاطر تربیتی که توی یتیمخانه «جان گریر هوم» داشتم. با احترام: جروشا ابوت به: بابا لنگ دراز
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باید برای حال زندگی کرد، نباید افسوس گذشته را خورد، باید از همین لحظه بهترین استفاده را برد. بیشتر مردم زندگی نمیکنند، فقط باهم مسابقه دو گذاشته ­اند. می­خواهند به هدفی در افق دوردست برسند ولی در گرماگرم رفتن، آنقدر نفس­شان بند می­آید و نفس نفس می­زنند، که چشمشان زیبایی­ها و آرامش سرزمینی را که از آن می­گذرند، نمی­بیند، و بعد یک وقت چشمشان به خودشان می­افتد و می­بینند پیر و فرسوده هستند و دیگر فرقی برایشان نمی­کند به هدفشان رسیده ­اند یا نه
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من رمز خوشبختی واقعی را چشیده ­ام، باید حال را دریابی، نه اینکه همیشه افسوس گذشته را بخوری و فکر آینده باشی. باید قدر لحظاتی را که در اختیار داری بدانی. مثل کشاورزی: آدم، هم می­تواند در یک زمین پهناور بذر بپاشد، همین می­تواند کشاورزی خود را به یک قطعه کوچک محدود کند. من هم می­خواهم کشت و کارم را به یک قطعهء کوچک محدود کنم. می­خواهم از لحظه لحظهء عمرم لذت ببرم و بدانم که دارم لذت می­برم... اگر روزی شوهر و دوازده فرزندم را از دست بدهم، صبح روز بعد با لبخند بیدار می­شوم و دنبال شوهر دیگری می­گردم
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تاکنون اینهمه بدبیاری داشته­ اید؟ قبول کنید ناراحتی­های بزرگ نیست که لازم است آدم در مقابل آنها شکیبایی کند، بلکه دردسرهای کوچک و پیش پا افتاده است که آدم را از پا درمی­آورد. و باید آدم با لبخند آنها را تحمل کند، و جدا روحیه لازم دارد. من دارم تلاش می­کنم که این روحیه را در خودم بوجود بیاورم. دارم به خودم می­قبولانم که زندگی یک صحنه ی بازی است. من هم باید بازیگر ماهری باشم. چه برنده چه بازنده، باید شانه­ ها را از روی بی­قیدی بالا بیندازم و بخندم. حالا می­خواهد جولیا جوراب ابریشمی بپوشد و یا هزارپا از سقف تالاپ بیفتد. مطمئن باشید که دیگر من از چیزی شکایتی نخواهم کرد
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از نامه­ های «بابا لنگ­ دراز» به «جودی ابوت»: جودی! کاملا با تو موافق هستم که عده ­ای از مردم هرگز زندگی نمی­کنند و زندگی را یک مسابقه دو می­دانند و میخواهند هرچه زودتر به هدفی که در افق دوردست است دست یابند، و متوجه نمی­شوند که آن قدر خسته شده ­اند که شاید نتوانند به مقصد برسند، و اگرهم برسند ناگهان خود را در پایان خط می­بینند. در حالی که نه به مسیر توجه داشته­ اند و نه لذتی از آن برده­ اند. دیر یا زود آدم پیر و خسته می­شود، در حالی که از اطراف خود غافل بوده است. آن وقت دیگر رسیدن به آرزوها و اهداف هم برایش بی­تفاوت می­شود، و فقط او می­ماند و یک خستگی بی ­لذت و فرصت و زمانی که از دست رفته و به دست نخواهد آمد. ... جودی عزیزم! درست است، ما به اندازه خاطرات خوشی که از دیگران داریم آن­ها را دوست داریم و به آنها وابسته می­شویم. هرچه خاطرات خوش­مان از شخصی بیشتر باشد، علاقه و وابستگی ما نیز بیشتر می­شود. پس هر کسی را که بیشتر دوست داریم، و می­خواهیم بیشتر دوستمان بدارد، باید برایش خاطرات خوش زیادی بسازیم، تا بتوانیم در دلش ثبت شویم. دوستدارتو: بابالنگ دراز
ا. شربیانی

مشاهده لینک اصلی
I highly recommend that men DONT read this, and I highly recommend that women - particularly girls who enjoy Little Women, Jane Eyre, Sense and Sensibility, Pride and Prejudice, etc. (basically old-fashioned chick flick books with substance) - DO read this. Its sweet and funny and different, not hard to get through in a day or two, and leaves you with a good feeling.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Daddy-Long-Legs is a delightful short novel written in 1912. Basically its along the lines of @Anne Shirley goes to a girls [email protected] Its mostly epistolary, told in the form of letters written by the main character where she talks (and jokes) about her daily life.

At the beginning of our story, Jerusha is a 17 year old oppressed but imaginative girl who lives and works in an orphanage, where shes grown up. Shes unexpectedly given the chance to go to college when one of the orphanage trustees reads a humorous English essay that she wrote and offers to pay her way. He insists on remaining anonymous to her, but wants her to write him monthly letters telling him of her progress. This novel consists of the letters Jerusha (who quickly dumps her unliked name at college and tells people to call her @[email protected]) writes over the next four years to her benefactor.

Its fun to get a glimpse of life at an all-girls college 100 years ago. A sample from one of Judys letters:
Dear Daddy-Long-Legs,

I hope you arent the Trustee who sat on the toad? It went off--I was told--with quite a pop, so probably it was a fatter Trustee.

. . . Every spring when the hoptoad season opened we would form a collection of toads and keep them in [window wells by the orphanages laundry room]; and occasionally they would spill over into the laundry, causing a very pleasurable commotion on wash days. We were severely punished for our activities in this direction, but in spite of all discouragement the toads would collect.

. . . I dont know why I am in such a reminiscent mood except that spring and the reappearance of toads always awakens the old acquisitive instinct. The only thing that keeps me from starting a collection is the fact that theres no rule against it.
Judy/Jerusha is a likeable main character with a lively sense of humor and an independent streak. In many ways the book is dated, understandably, but at the same time there are some unexpectedly progressive views. Given the times, its not too surprising that Judy also makes some positive comments about socialism, as well as a few snarky comments about religion.

But overall this is a gentle, humorous coming-of-age story with just a bit of romance. Minus one star for the overly pat and somewhat disturbing ending -- I didnt care for the way the author glossed over some major personal trust issues (view spoiler)[with the big reveal at the end of who Daddy-Long-Legs is, and immediately gave us a simple and-they-lived-happily-ever-after ending. I rather think that a personality like Judys would have a few snippy (or even irate) things to say to Daddy about the secret he kept from her, before letting him sweep her off her feet. (hide spoiler)]

Id recommend Daddy-Long-Legs to those who enjoyed Anne of Green Gables and who like light, old-fashioned historical fiction. You can read a copy free online or download it here at Project Gutenberg.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
Joudy abott my old friend.

مشاهده لینک اصلی
WARNING! To follow is a highly illustrative review/plot summary of the book Daddy-Long-Legs.

As a kid, I totally loved the cartoon Judy. I actually miss it sometimes, but then thanks to Goodreads, I discovered that it all started with a book.


Jerusha Abbott is an orphan at the John Grier Homes. She always gets into trouble and has been overstaying for two years. She works her stay by taking care of the younger ones. Shes actually scared that they might turn her out, but one day, Miss Lippet calls Jerusha to her office. On her way, she sees a mans shadow who appears to have extremely long legs.


As she enters Miss Lippets office, Miss Lippet tells her that she is to be sent to college by an anonymous man, whom she could call Mr. John Smith, which is of course is an alias.

Jerusha is very thankful. She sends Mr. John Smith letters on almost about anything, ranging from her studies and silly exploits and how a foundling like her strives to keep the secret of her roots. The letters, some silly, some serious, some showing what she learns, but all are funny and touching.She calls him Daddy Long Legs since his shadow is all that she could tell of him.


She does very well at school, ends up being called @[email protected] and gains friends, Sally Mc Bride (the one with glasses) and Julia Pendleton (blonde).


But despite the constant sending of Mr. John Smith of gifts, she cant help but be depressed writing to someone who never writes back. A girl couldnt help but cry.


Ah hah! Then she meets Jervis Pendleton, a rich uncle of her classmate Julia Pendleton. Jervis understands her, and in some way, they have the same flow of thinking.


But somehow along the way, she happens to fall in love with him, despite the 14 years age gap.


And ah, the ending is so refreshing. I remember feeling the same amount of lightheartedness, because the ending is so touching.

And now that its over, I look wistfully like this:

Well not as cute as that, but teary eyed since my longing for the cartoon is somehow eased, but still there.

Daddy-Long-Legs is a sweet tale, not just of romance, but also how an orphan girl strives and blends in the normal world. Judy is a heroine that is very admirable and whom everyone must set an example of. She is strong and hardworking. And her roots never interfered with her dreams, and she somehow made it an inspiration to aim higher. And also, she is not perfect, and as she constantly points out, she is just a girl of whom all of us could relate to.

But somehow, I couldnt get enough of this, so, off to get a copy of the sequel Dear Enemy.

But who is Daddy-Long-Legs? Read to find out :D

مشاهده لینک اصلی
** spoiler alert ** Its probably one of those sad things about me that I take rootless interest in people I dont know and do a whole lot of aimless wondering. It feels creepy on bad days. Daddy Long Legs is weird for me cause it felt both not creepy and totally creepy. It must have been delicious for @[email protected] to get letters from someone who didnt know who she was writing to, be privy to hopes and desires and not have to figure his own out. (Too bad the sense that he knew them too well was creepy.) He had eight legs and none to hold with. (He was thinking with another appendage anyway.)

I like this review of Daddy Long Legs that asks why Jean Webster is so popular in Iran. Shes right! It is interesting to me that things that were loved and cast aside will be still loved somewhere else. EBM in Germany, Phil Collins in Soviet Russia (um....whoops), old fashioned Jean Webster in Iran. When I was a teenager I had friends who belonged to ultra strict families (religious grounds). No freedom of choice. I used to go off into reveries about what Id survive on if I were them. @Id still have Anne of Green Gables,@ Id say, as if to reassure me for worst case scenarios. Id also take it further back and decide what Id have been reading if I lived in another time and country (presuming I was lucky enough to be able to read. I never want to be female in @what [email protected] in other countries and times). My favorite part of Daddy Long Legs is reading about how they survived on what they had then! Jerusha/Judy loves Jane Eyre, Stevenson, Little Women (only in college. She didnt have them before then). Ive been thinking about Iranian readers of Jean Websters books. I used to email a Malay girl a few years back and shed tell me about movies she had to watch in secret. Sometimes Id disappoint her because I didnt value stuff like family honor. Are Websters books popular because they approach the line of freedom and step back behind firm lines of society and family? I would mentally shelve Webster under the heading of @Safe to [email protected]

(Okay, I had been on a goodreads @[email protected] of no pictures in reviews. Today I am bingeing and tomorrow I will throw up all over a new review.) (Its all for the sake of the orphans.)


Daddy Long Legs is cozy and warm like inside the belly of a taun taun. It would keep you warm and it also smells kinda off, even rotten at times. Not fishy but taun taun-y. (I have that taun taun with the figures! This is a picture I pulled off google images. Im too lazy to do my own reenactment. Since I am lazy this does not count anyway.)

She calls him daddy. Ewwww. The nick name is cute (daddy long legs cause his shadow looked spidery and long legged). It wouldnt be creepy if she didnt ask if she should still call him daddy in the last letter, now that they are engaged. (What if he says yes?! I know a guy who calls his wife @[email protected] So not hot.)

Did he choose to sponsor her for college as grooming for future wifedom? Thats gross. Thats what was creepy to me. Shes supposed to become a writer. Jerusha doesnt know what she wants. Sure, parents pressure their kids to be doctors or something. (If he was paying for her to attend med school shed dump him as soon as she graduated.) What is this vicarious living slash wife hunting? Dont know if I like it... Jerusha/Judy doesnt roll over for Jervis the man she knows, at least. Its lucky for her that she didnt figure it out (at first I forgave her because she grew up in an orphan asylum. Once she begins reading voraciously it is more troubling that her imagination couldnt do the numbers) because she felt so grateful to the @[email protected] (this was creepy because inmates with special benefits are called this now) for her opportunities. Its a trap! (Picture your favorite Admiral Ackbar picture here. He smells fishy.)

His condition is that she write letters to him, letters hell presumably never read, as well as standard great grades stuff. Jerusha/Judy takes to writing these letters with glee, sometimes annoyance or resigned longing, because shes never had anyone in all her life to write to. The relief to finally talk was the good part. The charm of Daddy Long Legs are the confidences that she makes in those letters. I liked how the girl tried to catch up to all the girls her own age, reading books she missed out on, the newness of academia and bigger social circles that can be taken for granted by those who have them. The weaker part is that it is the @[email protected] and @allowed to [email protected] (Im not begrudging anyone who has to have that. This is with me as a reader in mind. I wonder what other people want even as Im hopeless at reading for anyone else.)

The downside is that it is one sided. Daddy/Jervis does not get to speak and over her shoulder it was easy to view him as someone who wanted to bottle her innocence and vibrance and direct it himself. When the world should have widened it cut off. Daddy Long Legs ends too soon and footnotes the growing up past the newness. Sometimes people tell themselves things. Jerusha tells herself shes over her past of being an orphan. Shes not, it made her who she was. The telling and back and forth on that felt like a nervous tic, something to do with your hands when nervous, that one cannot disguise. Other things, being @[email protected] and learning to smile through tedium was telling. Who wants to read a self help book? Letters should be like talking to yourself and to someone you care about at the same time. Mantras are not going to keep The Beatles from splitting up.

Yeah, yeah it was written eons ago. She marries a bossy man who @knows whats [email protected] for her. If I were her friend getting letters about this guy Id not worry about her because she knows when shes taken advantage of and told to be grateful (like the mistress of the asylum she tries to scorn with tongue and cheek but cannot help biting the insides of her cheeks not to scream). I liked Jerusha/Judy. I didnt fall in love with her. Id have written back and asked questions. Maybe then.


Can you believe that I used to be a letter writer? Shared correspondence is a good place for sad wonderers who want to know. Daddy waited too long to write letters (he does eventually, as Jervis. We dont get to read them). He could get to be warm too.


It could have been worse. (I have the Jabba playset somewhere too! But I am not posing in a bikini.)

The movie version stars Fred Astaire as Daddy. Ive not seen it yet. Astaire was movie star playing a movie star kind of guy to me. I never warmed or really wondered about him. (Coughs except for a bio I read for a project many years ago. Dont remember any of it! See?) (Leslie Caron was annoying in that movie she did with Kirk Douglas. Shes Jerusha. Ill probably hate her.)

Theres also a sequel, Dear Enemy, that sounds awful. I did like My Dearest Enemy which sounds like it was influenced by the awful sounding book.

List!
Most optimistic orphans:
1. Pollyanna
2. Little Orphan Annie
3. Anne of Green Gables
4. Jerusha
5. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (I only know the name. Maybe she is sunnier?)
Shirley Temple was insane. My mom had dolls of her in all of her movie incarnations. I had to look at them while she pestered me to be more upbeat. Im only 1/2 orphan! Thats like glass half empty.

P.s. Goodreads says Webster was great-niece to Mark Twain. Did she sit around quoting him a lot? Did she say @My great-uncle Mark Twain [email protected] and repeat back everything everyone else ever said to her? @But *I* said that to you last [email protected]

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