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THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS BY GRAHAME, KENNETH (AUTHOR)HARDCOVER Hardcover – 15 Sep 2003
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[( By Grahame, Kenneth ( Author )The Wind in the Willows Hardcover Sep- 15-2003 )]
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Published over a hundred years ago, rather like JK Rowling and her Harry Potter books this was turned down by a number of publishers, and when it was eventually published received some quite snooty reviews from critics. However despite this this was a hit with the public, and has remained so, and it is easy to see why.
This isn’t perfect by any means and reading it you do soon realise that the animal characters change size on a number of occasions, from their normal animal size, to being larger and coming into contact with humans. They even have money, after all Mr Toad can buy anything he seemingly wants and lives in a hall.
As Mole leaves his home for a look outside on a glorious spring morning so he comes into contact with Ratty, and the two are soon firm friends. With Badger, who Ratty already knows, Mole makes another new friend, and also with Toad. But with all the comedy and incident here it is Toad that captures everyone’s imagination. He is conceited and really to a certain extent obnoxious but we can’t help but root for him as he goes to prison, escapes and then finds out that Toad Hall is being squatted in by stoats and weasels.
Creating a world that has many similarities with the real one at that period, this is a tale that keeps us all enthralled as we read of the many exploits and adventures that happen here, as well as the more sedate side of life, with relaxing and taking meals with friends. Always a treat to read there is one thing here that you end up saying and can’t help yourself when you get into a car, and that is Toad’s saying of ‘Poop! Poop!’ Don’t worry it does wear off after a few days, but the next time you read the book it happens again.
This is an absolutely wonderful book, beautifully written and completely absorbing. Like other great children's books, it tells the truth about the human condition better than any adult book could do. It makes you laugh and cry and also makes you think and feel in a new way. Marvellous!
This book simply doesn't date and the descriptions given of the river and the herbage and of the Wild Wood are superb. Probably my favourite chapter being Pagan, is The Piper at the Gates of Dawn'. Ratty and Mole are swept along without oars listening to music coming from they know not where until they find themselves on a little island and there they find a certain special someone plus the Otters son who has been missing for some time.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough for children and adults alike............it simply transports you to a quieter, nicer time and makes you feel all 'squishy' and happy inside.
The book is an irregular size, the paper is not the welcoming quality of a regular publisher. But if it were only these slightly irksome things to annoy. There is worse.
The back cover blurb is illiterate and ungrammatical- and there is a *publisher's* dedication- 'vanity of vanities ...'
A picture is still a picture, despite its frame. However, to me, a book, is a full-on tactile experience. In moments when you put the volume aside, you may glance at the introductory pages, smile at the back-cover wit.
Not with this one. You'll just be reminded what a cheap-skate you are. And as Mr Kenneth Grahame's book is a wonderful work of wit and imagination that you may return to many times, you will be reminded of your parsimonious decision many times.
I do not intend to return this thing. I will take the hit and replace it with an edition from a professional publisher. I shall burn it, and therefore avoid the possibility that it may fall into the hands of an impressionable child, who may believe that all books might be as ugly as this.
I give the one star, because you have to, to post, but also I suppose, I might admit, delivery was prompt. Which bearing in mind the soulessness of this thing, does bring to mind what they said about Mussolini, and trains.
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