I have the BEST memories of that book! I read it when I was still pretty young and I loved it. I kept teling my mother what a good book it was and how much I wanted her to read it. She read voraciously, but for some reason didn't want to read this one. One day she came to my room in the morning and told me she had just finished the book and loved it. It became one of those shared memories of when you get to shre the joy of a good book with some one else.
Thanks for bringing that up - I hadn't thought of it in years. (I did not like the movie at all.......)