29 년 2019 월 XNUMX 일 화요일
Written by Elizabeth Winthrop in 1979, 마라톤 미란다 is the story of Miranda, a 12-year-old who lives in on West 88th Street and Riverside Drive. She and her older brother Alex live with their parents in an apartment overlooking the Hudson River with a view north to the George Washington Bridge. According to Miranda, this place is “the city right at your back door but you don’t have to look at it” (p. 35). Her whole family watches and logs the ships that sail up and down the Hudson River.
Miranda’s community is built around her apartment building and the surrounding neighborhood. Counter to the prevailing stereotype of the time, not only does Miranda know her neighbors, one of them, Margaret, is a surrogate grandmother to her. Margaret takes Miranda on trips to cultural institutions all over the city, like the Bronx Zoo, which is currently one of several members of the city’s Cultural Institutions Group, and is featured in the Museum’s current exhibition 문화 배양 : 뉴욕을 바꾼 34 기관, 9 월 XNUMX 일까지.
While walking her dog, Miranda meets another girl her age, Phoebe, who lives in the apartment building across the street. Phoebe walks a neighbor’s dog, and much of the book takes place with the girls in the park. They babysit there and spend time at the fountain above the boat basin. Phoebe eventually convinces Miranda, who has asthma and hates exercise, to take up jogging. The book picks up on the jogging craze in the 1970s, characterized by “special bright blue sneakers and forty-dollar running outfits” (p. 34).
이 책의 가장 극적인 부분 중 일부는 뉴욕 밖에서 열리지 만, 소녀들은 버몬트와 코네티컷에서 여름을 보내고 있지만, 도시에서 일어나는 부분은 폐품 판매에서 버스에서 지나치게 말이 많은“미친 숙녀들”.
And of course, in the end, Miranda and Phoebe successfully compete in a mini-marathon of 6.2 miles. While the book does not name their race, it almost certainly refers to the L’Eggs Mini Marathon. This was a women-only race around Central Park that took place in the 1970s and 1980s. At that time there were few races where women were welcomed and fewer still which were only for women. The New York City Marathon was closed to women completely until 1972.
그 메모에, 3 월 39 일에 뉴욕 마라톤의 모든 주자를 응원해야합니다! 미란다가 말했듯이,“오늘 여기에 모든 유형이 있습니다… 셔플 러, 스웨터, 뭉개 기, 높은 스텝퍼, 빠른 보행기, 그리고 좋은 낡은 허퍼 및 호흡기.”(p. XNUMX)