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5.0 out of 5 stars what a find!!, 30 Dec. 2013
This review is from: The Dead Men Stood Together (Hardcover)
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Not only is this, for me, a superb retelling of a poem that has haunted me since I first heard it read when I was about ten and lured me into the chilling world of the supernatural but has also introduced me to a new writer who has a fabulous back catalogue that I can now plunder and bring a glow to the winter's chilly nights

There is a current trend particularly in children/YA literature to revisit tales of old re establishing the Truth of Story by telling and retelling, re evaluating and putting a modern psychological spin on established legends and folk tales that have helped children explain the complexity of the world around them. Bravo, say I. Each generation needs to invest in and re embroider these classic tales that have been bequeathed to us. Chris Priestley obviously has a pedigree and belongs to a tribe of writers who, undaunted, go to their sources and find new and exciting ways to update these tales of old.

There is little point in being critical or accuse these writers of plagiarism as stories evolve with the retelling, indeed the very future of our language depends upon such activities.

I endorse this book, unreservedly as a superb retelling of one of the classic poems of literature
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David Spanswick
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Location: Brighton United Kingdom

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