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The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the Willows [Kindle Edition]

Kenneth Grahame
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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

About the Author

Kenneth Grahame was born on 8 March (1859) in Edinburgh, Scotland. When he was a little more than a year old, his father, an advocate, received an appointment as sheriff-substitute in Argyllshire at Inveraray on Loch Fyne. Kenneth loved the sea and was happy there, but when he was 5, his mother died from complications of childbirth, and his father, who had a drinking problem, gave over care of Kenneth, his brother Willie, his sister Helen and the new baby Roland to Granny Ingles, the children's grandmother, in Cookham Dean in the village of Cookham in Berkshire. There the children lived in a spacious, if dilapidated, home, "The Mount", on spacious grounds in idyllic surroundings, and were introduced to the riverside and boating by their uncle, David Ingles, curate at Cookham Dean church. This delightful ambiance, particularly Quarry Wood and the River Thames, is believed, by Peter Green, his biographer, to have inspired the setting for The Wind in the Willows. He was an outstanding pupil at St Edward's School in Oxford. During his early years at St. Edwards, a sports regimen had not been established and the boys had freedom to explore the old city with its quaint shops, historic buildings, and cobblestone streets, St Giles' Fair, the idyllic upper reaches of the River Thames, and the nearby countryside. Grahame wanted to attend Oxford University, but was not allowed to do so by his guardian on grounds of cost. Instead he was sent to work at the Bank of England in 1879, and rose through the ranks until retiring as its Secretary in 1908 due to ill health, which may have been precipitated by a strange, possibly political, shooting incident at the bank in 1903. Grahame was shot at three times, all of them missed. An alternative explanation, given in a letter on display in the Bank museum, is that he had quarrelled with Walter Cunliffe, one of the bank's directors, who would later become Governor of the Bank of England, in the course of which he was heard to say that Cunliffe was "no gentleman", and that his retirement was enforced ostensibly on health grounds. Grahame died in Pangbourne, Berkshire, in 1932. He is buried in Holywell Cemetery, Oxford. Grahame's cousin Anthony Hope, also a successful author, wrote his epitaph, which reads: "To the beautiful memory of Kenneth Grahame, husband of Elspeth and father of Alastair, who passed the river on the 6th of July, 1932, leaving childhood and literature through him the more blest for all time."

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 320 KB
  • Print Length: 191 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1619490609
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0083Z9D7U
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings back many happy memories of childhood. 4 Sep 2012
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I remember having this book read to me at school and all the class were rapt and couldn't wait for every Friday afternoon for the next installment. The love of this book has grown as I have grown older and each time I read it, I find something new and more delightful in it. How I long to sit in Badgers comfortable home or watch the river go gliding past whilst at Ratty's house. Even Moles little home is charming with his little skittle alley. Toad Hall didn't impress me much as a child and still doesn't but who can't love the bumptious and rather silly Toad? He maybe rash and naughty but at heart he is a loveable chap.

This book simply doesn't date and the descriptions given of the river and the herbage and of the Wild Wood are superb. Probably my favourite chapter being Pagan, is The Piper at the Gates of Dawn'. Ratty and Mole are swept along without oars listening to music coming from they know not where until they find themselves on a little island and there they find a certain special someone plus the Otters son who has been missing for some time.

I cannot recommend this book highly enough for children and adults simply transports you to a quieter, nicer time and makes you feel all 'squishy' and happy inside.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wind in the willows 20 Jan 2013
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Best book I've read for a while. It is very good and well written. I would recommend this to anyone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Man or Mole which is which? 22 Oct 2014
By Timothy
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My first issue is the animals themselves. What I can't understand is how large and humanoid are they. Do they buy their shopping from the local grocer, do they work. We know they can live in manor houses and drive cars but what animals are the super intelligent types. A lot seem to be mammals, mole, rabbit, river rat and so on but than we have toad. They eat chicken, so are birds not included in these higher lifeforms if so why not. Do the villagers never have rabbit stew than or would that be a kind of cannibalism. This is something that stuck on my mind the whole time I read it. The characters are very enjoyable each very focused on a singular personality which is altered through by each other's presence. Moles shyness and Badgers solitude these all change for the better. I would recommend for young children who might not focus so much on the animal/human nature and just believe it's magic.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic literature 16 Mar 2014
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Every child should have a copy of this on their book-shelf (or Kindle). A classic of literature. My little girl loved me reading this to her as a bedtime story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Tradition 30 Jan 2013
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I bought this book to read to my grandchildren, It is a book I grew up with, my children loved it and I hope in this high tech world that my small grandchildren will love Mole, Toad and all the others
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous. 28 Jan 2013
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One of my very favorite stories and not just a childrens book. The authors descriptions of nature and the animals are wonderful and I became fully immersed in the book. It seems so real. READ IT !!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A trip back into a world of excitement 21 Jan 2013
By DryRot
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Beautifully crafted tale with funny characters and lots of adventures by mole ratty badger and toad.

Good book for new readers and a real classic
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5.0 out of 5 stars Rereading Wind in the Willows 18 Jan 2013
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A wonderful way to reread a longtime favourite story which is as good as when I was entranced by it as a child
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