Wednesday, 14 October 2009

Enid Blyton, The Magic Faraway Tree


This is a novel that sets the mind wondering. As I read it to my daughter, for instance, my mind was wondering: 'is this the worst book ever written?'

8 comments:

Farah Mendlesohn said...

It was the book that made me realise why she is so beloved. It *feels* like a told story, rather than a written story. Re-reading it as an adult, like you I was appalled, but I could at the same time feel that I was being tucked up in bed and read to.

Mike said...

"...every written?" - is that the worst sentence ever committed to HTML by a critic?

Actually I think her title Mr. Pinkwhistle Interferes might surpass it.

I have fond memories of the Faraway books from when I was a youngster. At the time I lived in a remote Australian town where most trees were short and/or scrawny. The idea of a tree full of such wonders was especially enchanting.

Adam Roberts said...

Mike: quite right. Fixed now.

It's the surname, above all, I'd say. It's hard not to read 'Mr Pinkwhistle' as somebody's wincing euphemism for their male member.

Farah, yes: Lily seems to enjoy it. But usually what she enjoys I enjoy, whereas this is like fingernails down a blackboard to me.

David Langford said...

So when the Guy-Fawkes-masked protagonist of V for Vendetta reads this book to the young lady he "adopts", it's all part of the elaborate torture-psychodrama he's planned for her ... the first brutal softening-up.

Eni said...

Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree used to be one of my favorite childhood books. I am also glad to inform you that I have published a book on Enid Blyton titled, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage (www.bbotw.com).

Stephen Isabirye

Eni said...

Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree used to be one of my favorite childhood books. I am also glad to inform you that I have published a book on Enid Blyton titled, The Famous Five: A Personal Anecdotage (www.bbotw.com).

Stephen Isabirye

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