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Delightful? Not really.,
This review is from: The Midnight Folk (Paperback)
As a huge Box of Delights fan (particularly the wonderful 1984 BBC adaptation), I desperately wanted to like this book. Unfortunately, despite some interesting ideas, I just found it tedious; the fantasy elements seemed so disjointed, and rather than magical I just found it to be confusing and a real struggle to read. Rather than introduce the main character, Kay Harker, the book assumes an awful lot of the reader, and consequently is very frustrating.
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Initial post: 10 May 2012, 13:15:38 BST
Penelope Gardner says:
I understand your disapointment.If you had read both the books in order and could forget about the TV version ,I'm sure you would have had a fulfilling experience. Masefield is meant to be read,without prejudice.He wrote before the advance of media and his work demands an imagination we are losing fast across the generations. I've held classes spellbound with this book....but as the years advance children lose the ability to conjure images rather than just receive them. Turn off your TV for a year.Listen and read .You will develop parts of your brain you never knew existed.
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