Shelves: religion , fiction , new-age. The book recounts the friendship formed between the author and narrator Fynn who is in his late teens or early 20s in the narrative and a foundling named Anna in London's East End, in the s. Anna, reminiscent of a character from Dickens, is a little girl who lives on the streets until she is taken in by the narrator.
She has a unique perspective on life, a mystical spirituality, and a boundless curiosity that she shares with the author and the reader on every page. She occasionally at lea The book recounts the friendship formed between the author and narrator Fynn who is in his late teens or early 20s in the narrative and a foundling named Anna in London's East End, in the s.
She occasionally at least once per chapter lets loose with a metaphor or pronouncement that is as deep as they come, but it is hard to imagine a real five-year old spouting these profundities with such regularity. Was she a real kid or just a figment of the author's imagination? I have no idea, but I do know that her death in the final chapter this isn't a spoilerFynn tells us about her death in the first few pages felt real enough.
I loved the characters of Fynn and Anna, yet I have mixed feelings about the book itself. It was given to me as a gift by a good friend, who in turn had it recommended to him. Both recommendations came with the suggestion that the book had substantially shifted their perspectives.
Yet in reading the book, I could never shake my suspicion that the author was just using sentimental tricks to make the book seem profounder than it really was. It felt like the same kind of emotional manipulation that I associate with the movie Forrest Gump. Put it this way: if the wise-sounding comments had come from an adult, rather than from a small homeless child, would they still have seemed as deep?
Luckily, the book is an easy read and is readily available in almost every thrift store in the country, so you can read it for yourself and see what you think. Sep 28, Pasha rated it did not like it Shelves: waste-of-time , Too religious for my callous soul. Apr 25, Cheryl rated it it was amazing Shelves: to-enjoy-again. I probably read this a dozen times when I was a child, and on until I started my own family.
I wanted to be Fynn, and meet a child who would precociously open my eyes to the magic of the world. Mister God, This is Anna is a book a bout a man who finds a little girl wandering the streets, and he takes her home. This always tickles me, because: how insane! Granted it does sort of explain itself out of that hole, and the book is set in the s so it is forgivable, but still, it makes me giggle.
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Then again, if you pulled that kind of thing today, would anyone notice? I think it's probably less likely than we expect. Anyway, the book is ok, I suppose. I don't think you need to be a believ Mister God, This is Anna is a book a bout a man who finds a little girl wandering the streets, and he takes her home.
I don't think you need to be a believer in God to enjoy it, you simply need to be respectful of religion, I suppose. Anna is a precocious little thing who spends her days puzzling the narrator, Fynn, with intense questions and poignant observations about the world around her.
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It does get a bit blahblahblah in the middle, but all-in-all it is quite a sweet story. View all 5 comments.
More of a 4. I loooved the relationship between fynn and Anna, it was just so lovely to see how this little girl affected him. It definitely makes you think and I recommend this to everyone, even if you're not religious. View all 3 comments. Feb 02, Orinoco Womble tidy bag and all rated it it was amazing Shelves: thinking-people-s-books , absolute-favourites , ss.
I remember when the American paperback edition of this book came out in the s and all of the adults in my parents' immediate circle jumped on it. I must have been about 13 when I got my hands on it and read it and loved it. Unlike Fynn and Anna, I've never understood math, partly thanks to being forced into "the new math" at age 8 and missing three vital years of basic arithmetic, and then transferring to a school that had never taught the new math, realising kids my age needed the old one m I remember when the American paperback edition of this book came out in the s and all of the adults in my parents' immediate circle jumped on it.
Unlike Fynn and Anna, I've never understood math, partly thanks to being forced into "the new math" at age 8 and missing three vital years of basic arithmetic, and then transferring to a school that had never taught the new math, realising kids my age needed the old one more. I never had a slide rule and the people around me don't even know what it is these days or a piano or even an oscilliscope, but their adventures sure sounded like fun. I read it several times, stole my parents' copy when I went off to college and moved to Europe, and finally lost it at about age 30 when I lent it to someone who left the country without returning it.
I would have returned it, but she left no adress, and this was in the days before the Internet, where I live now.
Fast forward to the 90s, and I came across a copy of Anna and the Black Knight and pounced on it. Read it, but found it less about Mr God and more about math and physics. It also made me wonder; the main characters in Fynn's books all seem to have a habit of dying at the end. And the older, more cynical me wonders still: Was Anna a real person, or a device that Fynn used to float his ruminations on reality, mathematics, spirituality and so on?
I know that in s London there were many street kids who basically floated through life--Fynn himself seems to have been one, after a fashion, as he was first a student and then a staff member of a "therapeutic community" according to Wikipedia and a website called "therealfynn. If Anna was real, and she had lived, she would probably have been a math or science whizkid, and as that plus an idealist plus a woman, at that time in that place probably would have been a misfit and quite unhappy.
Jun 12, Anna Katmore rated it it was amazing.
My father read this book to me when I was five. I read this book to my son when he was five. And not only the title, but also all the adventures that Anna and Fynn went on in this book. On a silent night, down by the docks, Fynn finds Anna. Or rather, she finds him. She ran from her alcoholic mother and a terrible father.
When Fynn offers her some sausages as she sits down beside hi My father read this book to me when I was five. Anna was only 4 when Fynn met her. He took her home to his mother who always had a heart for the poor, and without any discussion necessary, the little girl was adopted the very same minute. As Anna grows a little older, Fynn teaches her things like science, biology, and some math. In return, she teaches him about God and the angels. She has a very simple, very striking and unforgettable way of understanding God and the world.
She asks tons of questions and at the same time answers many of them herself. Fynn described Anna like this: So far as Anna was concerned, one thing was absolutely certain. When you began to see what it was all about, how things worked, how things were put together, then you were beginning to understand what Mr. God was. Anna died when she was 8.
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She fell from a tree. She died with a smile on her face. The book is for children and adults alike. A wonderful, touching, very emotional story about a girl that changed not only the life of the people she lived with, but also of the thousands who read about her. Jan 02, BetteRose Ryan rated it it was amazing.
A book I loved, loved, loved when I first read it in the late 's. It is one of those books that stays with you for decades. The book allows us to meet Anna, a precocious child of four years. She has run away from home and makes a life with Fynn and his mum. During her short life, Anna develops a refined way of looking at almost everything around her and manages to teach twenty year old Fynn a thing or two about life. From the moment Anna refused to tell anyone where her parents lived to the A book I loved, loved, loved when I first read it in the late 's.
From the moment Anna refused to tell anyone where her parents lived to the moment of her death, Anna manages to control her environment and those around her, although her control is a loving, gentle control. Anna treats Fynn with her special philosophy of church, God, sex, and numbers.
The reader is taken along for this wonderful ride. My Take: This is a short book I want everyone to read, though there are some who will find it too simple to enjoy. I loved Anna and her many ideas. One of my favorites is when Anna realized she knew the answer to a squillion the biggest number Anna could think of questions.
Just when Fynn thinks he is going to set her right, she proves she is already right: How much is 4 take away 1? How much is 2 plus 1? How much is 5 take away 2? By now you must have figured out we could go on all day with this line of reasoning.
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Indeed, Anna taught Fynn that it is the questions that are truly important. Even beyond that, it is the circumstance of the question that is important. Saying yes to the offer of a drink of water may be drastically different depending on if you are three days into the desert or just newly arrived at the restaurant. There are some who say this child could not have just come to live with this family, It did happen in the 's and having little children run the streets was not unheard of.
There are some who may say no child could ever do or think what Anna did but I am here to tell you, I personally know of at least one. And don't forget Mozart wrote music at this same age and played his sister's violin without being taught at this same age or younger. I highly recommend this little treasure! Jun 10, Borum rated it it was amazing.
As I read this book I kept having this image of Anna as not a little girl of five, but a tiny version of Socrates deeply emerged in a Platonic dialogue or Jesus enlightening both his ignorant enemies and followers in one of his allegorical parables. Although the prose is relatively simple and somewhat coarse in some parts of the book and Anna's explanations are rough and terse even to the point of being abtruse, it just goes to show you that not all beauty is created by skilled and stylish techn As I read this book I kept having this image of Anna as not a little girl of five, but a tiny version of Socrates deeply emerged in a Platonic dialogue or Jesus enlightening both his ignorant enemies and followers in one of his allegorical parables.
Although the prose is relatively simple and somewhat coarse in some parts of the book and Anna's explanations are rough and terse even to the point of being abtruse, it just goes to show you that not all beauty is created by skilled and stylish techniques of trained artists and not all truth lies in fanciful and coherent arguments. Just as Jesus lied in the manger and Buddah among the ragged, sometimes the most beautiful poetry and the deepest, truest philosophy is 'in the middle' of a field of wildflowers, a child's indecipherable scribble or the silent smile of the common prostitute.