07 July 2011

FYNN's Mister God, This Is Anna

Mister God, This Is Anna tells the tale of (and by) Fynn and how at age 30 he rescued a battered neglected 5 year old young child. Taking Anna home that first evening to his Mum, when they bathed her and saw the bruising of fists and strappings they quietly took her in as their own.
She was a precociously bright child, often writing notes to her Mother, and questioning God - directly, or discussing Him with vicars, street walkers, dock workers, the cook at the all-night caf, and of course with Fynn.
Fynn had always been a tinkerer, had a home made oscilloscope, a crystal radio and other gadgets. He showed her the concept of infinity via two pocket mirrors taped as a book.
My favourite passage is when she's explaining God's presence...
"Well if God is everywhere, then He's in me.
But if he's everywhere, then you an' me are in Him too.
Ain't that neat, Fynn?"

The story has a tragic ending, softened by Fynn years later finding blooms flowering on her grave.

The Publishers also released Anna's Book, purporting to be the collected notes Anna had written and kept in a shoe box. They may be, but the presentation seems artificial and fake.

Mister God, This Is Anna book coverMister God, This Is Anna is presented as a true account of London life around the docks in 'tween-war England (1930s) I have not checked anywhere whether it is fact or fiction - I'm prepared to suspend disbelief and just wrap myself in the story.
Of all the books I've owned and mislaid, This is the one I'd buy again.

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  1. About time I did the e-search. To quote...
    Fynn: Author profile
    born March 26, 1919 in London, The United Kingdom; diedJuly 03, 1999
    Fynn is the pen name of Sydney "Sid" George Hopkins, born in Poplar, London 26th March 1919 - died in Somerset 3rd July 1999.

  2. Another review can be found here ...

    with some delightful quotations (but then, that reviewer had the book by her side, drat it - :-)


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