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- File Size: 783 KB
- Print Length: 369 pages
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B0082YL7VC
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 72 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #7,779 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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The Children of the New Forest Kindle Edition
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On the technical side, a find a lot lacking. For one thing, there is no information about neither the book, the author nor the publisher to be found. No history that says when this book was first printed, not a word about which edition this version of the text is from. No info about the front illustration. Only a copyright clause - and I wonder copyright to what? This book has been public domain for nearly 100 years, as far as I know.
And then there are some typos - but worse: Typewriter typography with blank lines for paragraphs instead of indents. And on nearly every page one or more erroneous paragraphs instead of ordinary line breaks. This makes reading troublesome ... So, buy the book - but not this edition.
There are two boys and two girls. The boys merit long descriptions as they turn into hunter-gatherers. Meanwhile the two girls get less air-time than Billy the Pony and Smoker the Hound.
More and more the story concentrates on Edward the eldest and heir to the 'lost' estate. This adolescent deserved a thick-ear for his lip to his elders, yet in this novel it is portrayed as the natural display of someone born-to-rule, 'the natural air of a gentleman'.
There is massive appeal to a Victorian public school audience with overtones of Muscular Christianity. Great fun to read as well as appreciating the social message. A few annoyances in the kindle transcript but not as bad as some.
I have never been sure whether this was a children's book or not, but now I have read it, I would say it is aimed at teenagers and adults, there are some graphic descriptions of hunting and killing animals which would not appeal to younger kids.
It is just such a well written tale, it is easy to become lost in it. The descriptions of the New Forest, the period it is set in and the lifestyle of the children just come to life. Always absorbing, interesting and eye opening (I knew very little about the Civil War before I read this book).
So why not 5 stars? The ending seemed a bit less well thought through than the rest of the book, and there were a few coincidences which stretched it a bit, especially when everyone sort of gets paired up at the end, it all ended just a little bit too neatly and happily-ever-after for my taste.
But all in all, a great book, wish there were more like it.
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