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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderfully inventive and reminiscent, 28 Mar 2003
This review is from: The Wind In The Willows (Everyman's Library Children's Classics) (Hardcover)
What could possibly make a better children’s story? Animals and a stirring adventure to win back something that has been taken from them. Grahame makes the characters of Mole and co. so vivid you can see them incredibly clearly getting up to their picnics and battles. The characters have even been said to represent different social strata- Mole being timid, house proud and middle class- Rat’s good humour and lack of fuss the archetypal working class man- Toad of Toad Hall the arrogant but good hearted aristocrat- and Badger the wise hermit. Grahame didn’t write them to be assigned that way but it is testament to his skill as an author that they are seen so differently. Toad’s exploits in numerous motorcars are what causes most of the humour in the book and the turn of the century light hearted, newness is bright and refreshing. There is a sense of mysticism that is not used in the many film and play adaptations and talk of an “animal code” so for those who have just seen an adaptation of the book there is plenty more story inside the novel to keep Willow fans happy.
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