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4.0 out of 5 stars
Public and Private Personas don't always match, 30 Dec 2009
I have to agree with other reviewers in that Enid Blyton, it seems, was not a naturally maternal type of person. It seems strange then that she was able to enrapture some many young readers, involving them in fantasy worlds and adventures that seem so real and appealing to childlike tastes. But that is what she did best - create fantasy worlds which suited her. She was severely traumatised as a child by the departure of her father from their family home and simply retreated into an existence which she could control for example to avoid introducing her mother to people, she simply told them she had died. This left her unable to attend the real funeral years later.
I grew up close to the village where Enid Blyton spent much of her life and she was well known as being a difficult character. It was rumoured that she visited her gardener in hospital, taking him fruit, the price of which she is alleged to have deducted from his wages. Her own daughter, Imogen has written at length about her childhood years in less than endearing terms. The public persona and private person simply don't match but she was a very clever lady and strived to keep her target audience very happy, whatever the personal cost. She ran a national competition inviting her readers to chose the name of her new house, hosted tea parties and spent hours reading aloud to children all over the country but seemed unable to acknowledge the needs and feelings of her own children.
Overall I enjoyed the film although I can't help but feel Enid got off a bit lightly! However, you may have have needed a mini series to explore the many facets of this absorbing and intriguing character. I thought Helena Bonham Carter was excellent in the lead role.