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Puck of Pook's Hill (Dover Children's Classics) Paperback – 24 Nov 2006
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From the Back Cover
Puck of Pook's Hill and Rewards and Fairies are classic children's books which speak powerfully to adult readers. Una and Dan, performing a scene from A Midsummer Night's Dream one Midsummer's Eve, accidentally summon Puck to a fairy ring near their Sussex home. Through Puck the children are witnesses to tales of English history, subtly called forth by Kipling's brilliant and fluid adventure writing. Kipling's historical imagination extends to a wide variety of stories, many of which blend the ghostly and the familiar, and often anticipate his later writing in their themes: a sense of loss and breakdown, but also healing. First published in magazines between 1906 and 1910, the stories were accompanied by some of Kipling's most famous poems, including 'If-' and 'The Way through the Woods'. This edition includes an introduction which dispels the myth that these stories are simply a nostalgic view of English history, discusses their relationship to other historical fiction, and relates them to Kipling's earlier and later writings. --Ce texte fait référence à une édition épuisée ou non disponible de ce titre.
About the Author
Nobel Laureate Rudyard Kipling (1865–1936) is best remembered for children's tales such as The Jungle Book as well as his poetry and stories about British soldiers in India, which include "Gunga Din" and The Man Who Would Be King. Kipling was enormously popular at the turn of the 20th century but his reputation declined with the change in attitude toward British imperialism. In recent years Kipling's works have found new acclaim as a vibrant source of literary and cultural history.
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It must be the most painless way ever to learn history and enjoy tales told as only a master can tell them.
Buy the book - in fact, buy two copies, one for the ten-year-old & one for yourself!
This book, intended I guess for children, is really a kind of historical novel about a place in the south of England, hung on the idea of an ancient 'fairy' that introduces the story windows.
The only thing that modern readers may well stumble over is a curious story about the influence of Jews in the reign of King John. It reflects the ideas of some people in Kipling's time that the Jews somehow controlled the power of the nations through gold. An idea that has lead to some terrible persecution. It is interesting to hear what he says but maybe not an idea you want to impart to your children.
But what was disappointing was the format. Someone has clearly taken an early edition of the book, scanned it, and poured it into a page size that it doesn't fill properly. Very shoddy and cheapjack work.
I do have to say, unfortunately, that I doubt that this book would offer much of relevance to children today. With the changes in the way children are taught history, from the "living history" actors that pop out at each tourist attraction to tell their tales to CG films portraying famous historical incidents, learning about history has left the dusty books that the children in this story had to learn from far behind. And I expect that Una and Dan would now be seen as "historic" as many of the other characters that appear in the story. But, although I would hesitate giving this to my son to read, I did enjoy losing myself in "Old England" for a while.
I asked a scholar of English and a Buddhist meditation teacher to recommend a good book for me and she thought briefly before mentioning this.
The poems in it are sometimes dated - the one about queen and country but this is a warm and pleasant read containing many important and esoteric aspects that few care to appreciate.
Ideal to communicate something about being a whole human being and this earthy realm with some of its hidden and ancient forces.
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Stands the test of time well. Some genuine magic at a great price.Published 10 months ago by Nicolas Milne
Not the writing - that goes without saying, but the publishing quality of the book is bad, really bad.
Tiny print huddles off center and the cover image is stretched to fit. Read more