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Such a Sweet Tale. Lost Horizon meets the modern era.
on 10 August 2012
Discovering this manuscript by the late Eva Ibbotson was a gem of a find. Certainly the contents are matched by her known story-telling. Lady Agatha Farrrington is on a rare plant finding exercise with her father below the Nanvi Dar mountain in Tibet. She is abducted by a Yeti. Strong but gentle, he takes her to a Utopian environment that she immediately feels is her destiny, and mothers and educates the willing young and old Yetis in the ways of the Western World yet bowing to their knowledge and longevity. Their origins are not outlined but are obviously inordinately long. The book takes the Yetis on tortuous journeys to England, for their protection, via adventurous routes, with sympathisers abundant, especially two children and a lorry driver. Back in Farley Towers (Lady Agatha's home) they encounter a trophy hunting pompous brigade. Protected by friends, allies (and the odd touch of royalty), the outcome is within the 'Goodies v Baddies' understanding of children.
This is a wonderful story. There is atmosphere, hints of tension but a feeling that the predicament of all parties may well end up satisfactorily, as any childrens' story should. There are many elements here that make this a fabulous novel. These are my adult views. My 8 and a half year old grandaughter,(the half is important she tells me) thought it was 'cool' and exciting without any too scary moments but enough to make her read it right through.'Smashing and kind' was her conclusion and I concur wholeheartedly. Finally, appropriately and well-illustrated by Sharon Renitta.