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    Trying to review The Wind in the Willows is a strange undertaking In the introduction to my copy A A Milne wroteOne can argue over the merits of most books one does not argue about The Wind in the Willows The young man gives it to the girl w

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    So fun and whimsical

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    An Edwardian children's book that ends with the reimposition by force of the traditional suirearchical social order on the upstart lower orders as represented by Weasels Stoats and FerretsIt is a through introduction to traditional British conservatism of the Country Life rather than the Economist variety for children w

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    I feel like I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately It is not that I am reading a whole lot less I am just not REALLY enjoying the time that I am reading It might be that the whole family is in back to school mode so schedules have changed Or maybe just the general ups and downs of life will occasionall

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    This book was written in 1908 when the world was being shaken by the newly self confident masses Women were propagandising for the vote; the Irish were demanding Home Rule; the Trade Unions were showing their strength Socialism theatened A spectre was haunting Europe and particularly England Wind in the Willows is an elegant parab

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    Some of the best children’s classics have started with an adult inventing stories to tell to a child “Alice’s Advent

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    PART TWO OF PETER JACKSON'S THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS CONCLUSION Night Toad Hall interior STEPHEN FRY as TOAD and ORLANDO BLOOM as BADGER are in the middle of a wild melée with numerous STOATS and WEASELSBADGER It's no good Toad There's too many of them With a blow of his cudgel he knocks a WEASEL into the open

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    A genuinely refreshing little romp through tunnels pastures Zen is something that's somehow very surprisingly reached This is the ultimate impression the reader is left with Outstanding engaging and fun than Aesop's menagerie it moralizes va

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    This is one of those books I want to love; I REALLY really want to love this book I've read so many essays by book lovers who have fond childhood memories of being read this by their father or who ushered in spring each year by taking this book to a grassy field and reading this in the first warm breezes of May

  10. says:

    They don't write books like The Wind in the Willows any Today's books for children are sly rhymes action and social engineering Wind belongs to an older innocent time when even accomplished men such as Kenneth Grahame A A Milne and J R R Tolkien invented stories for their children Stories which over the years became classics of literature

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The Wind in the Willows

Reckless ruffian Mr Toad of Toad Hall The four become the firmest of friends but after Toad's latest escapade can they join together and beat the wretched weaselsPLUS A behind the scenes journey including author profile a guide to who's who activities and Kenneth Graham 1859 1932 was born in Edinburgh but grew up with relatives in Berkshire where he developed his love for the countryside su. Some of the best children s classics have started with an adult inventing stories to tell to a child Alice s Adventures in Wonderland Winnie the Pooh Peter Pan and even Watership Down all began this way as did many others The Wind in the Willows is another such Like them it is a novel which can be read on many levels and arguably has a hidden subtext And like some others its writing was prompted by a family tragedyKenneth Grahame had already established himself as a talented writer and had considerable literary success in the 1890s He regularly published stories in literary magazines These stories about a family of parentless children were collected in one volume called The Golden Age in 1895 He followed this up in 1898 with Dream Days a seuel which was even successful and established him as a writer with a special insight into childhood Dream Days itself included another children s story The Reluctant Dragon Throughout his career he had published children s books and a memoir of childhood He was successful and well known well before The Wind In The Willows was even thought ofKenneth Grahame had a child of his own Alastair to whom he felt very close He used to tell his son fanciful stories about wild animals who lived by the nearby river and in the Wild Wood When Alastair was about four years old Kenneth Grahame would tell Mouse his nickname for Alastair bedtime stories about a toad And whenever the two were apart his father would write tales about Toad Mole Ratty and Badger in letters to his young son AlastairKenneth Grahame s own childhood at this age however was far from rosy He had been born in 1859 in Edinburgh His father was aristocratic a failed lawyer who loved poetry but who loved vintage claret even The drinking became worse when Kenneth Grahame s mother Bessie died soon after she had given birth to his brother Roland Kenneth was just 5 when he and his three siblings went to live with their grandmother There they lived in a spacious but dilapidated home with huge grounds by the river Thames and were introduced to the riverside and boating by their uncle who was a curateWe can clearly see echoes of his childhood in The Wind in the Willows His grandmother s decrepit house The Mount has transmogrified into the huge mansion Toad Hall and the book is redolent with riverside and boating scenes Kenneth Grahame was forced to move to and fro between the two adults when the chimney of the house collapsed one Christmas and shortly afterwards their father tried to overcome his drinking problem and took the children back to live with him in Argyll Scotland This brief sojourn only lasted a year before they all returned to their grandmother where Kenneth lived until he went to an Independent school in Oxford Whilst there he had the freedom to explore the old city as well as the upper reaches of the River Thames and the nearby countryside All this comes into The Wind in the WillowsThe young Kenneth did well at school and dreamed of going to university He was actually offered a place at the prestigious Oxford University and was set for high academic honours but it was not to be The family finances had dwindled so much that his father wanted him go into a profession straight from school Kenneth Grahame was therefore forced straight into work at the Bank of England and duly worked there for thirty years gradually rising through the ranks to become its Secretary In 1908 the year The Wind in the Willows was published he took early retirementAs a young man in his 20s Kenneth Grahame was a contemporary and friend of Oscar Wilde Although married and having a home in Berkshire during the week he shared a London home with the painter and theatre set designer Walford Graham Robertson Both were very involved with the gay community whose leading light at the time was Oscar Wilde Another connection with the gay community was through Constance Smedley a family friend who helped with the publication of The Wind in the Willows A year later she was to marry the artist Maxwell Armfield who himself was gayIt seems very possible that Kenneth Grahame was gay despite having a wife and child This was a time when homosexual acts were still illegal The novel can be read as having a gay subtext and passages such as the description of the ancient Greek god of the wild Pan are uite sensuous with descriptions of his rippling muscles One academic Professor Hunt the emeritus professor in English and children s literature at Cardiff University suggests that the works were manifestations of a life which Kenneth Grahame longed for Whether this is conscious or not it is noticeably a story of maleness and male companionship with hardly a female in sight The only exceptions are the washerwoman the barge woman and the jailer s daughter All of these are secondary characters and perhaps even significantly they are human not animalIt is the animals in this story who are the well nuanced fully developed characters the humans are merely stock types who fill some of the minor roles Yes Badger is the wise teacher mentor or parent figure and one who is looked to for leadership but he has his own uirky faults His speech is described as common he excitedly want to get his grub food And amusingly both Rat and Mole end up very confused as Badger insists I want to learn em not teach em when they are discussing teaching view spoilerthe stoats and weasels hide spoiler Rightfully the Alpha Female of Toad Hall The four become the firmest Twin Obsessions of friends but after Toad's latest escapade can they join together and beat the wretched weaselsPLUS A behind the scenes journey including author profile a guide to who's who activities and Kenneth Graham 1859 1932 was born in Edinburgh but grew up with relatives in Berkshire where he developed his love for the countryside su. 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Rrounding the upper parts of the River Thames He was educated at St Edward's in Oxford but instead of going on to Oxford University he joined the Bank of England where he rose to become Secretary He wrote several books including The Golden Age and Dream Days which includes the short story 'The Reluctant Dragon' later made into a Disney movie Kenneth Grahame developed the character of Toad in. A genuinely refreshing little romp through tunnels pastures Zen is something that s somehow very surprisingly reached This is the ultimate impression the reader is left with Outstanding engaging and fun than Aesop s menagerie it moralizes vaguely on fidelity the value of friendships associations The final sentence even addresses finally the main target audience the lil tykes and treasured ones and even sustains with the theory that looks may be deceiving the Badger is ultimately not the savage beast you may ve erroneously predictedSure it is rife with discrepancies a world where humans speak animal animals speak human The aid of humans is I will admit KAhYYute There is wisdom in this far surpassing anything in Disney s imaginarium The animals begin to hear a single string a musical undertone this drives their natures and certainly seals their fates Which are you Adventurous Toad Impressionable Mole Generous Badger otter fox washer woman little girl remember womenfolk don t enter the tale until half way the story or do you simply presume to know it all omnipresent and wise as the windokay so obviously the Disney version DOES exist although did the ride outright disappear from the Anaheim theme park I m not stupid But really the book is a longer journey in the literary tradition of Thoreau and not instantaneous and vapid and bumpy like the ride But DID YOU KNOW You CAN read Kenneth Grahame s entire novel waiting in line for Mr Toad s Wild Ride If it still exists

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The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame is an English classic loved by adults and children alikeNow in a beautiful cloth bound hardback edition a perfect gift for young readersSpend a season on the river bank and take a walk on the wild side Spring is in the air and Mole has found a wonderful new world There's boating with Ratty a feast with Badger and high jinx on the open road with that. An Edwardian children s book that ends with the reimposition by force of the traditional suirearchical social order on the upstart lower orders as represented by Weasels Stoats and FerretsIt is a through introduction to traditional British conservatism of the Country Life rather than the Economist variety for children with a side order of mild paganism As such is an unwitting counterpoint to The Ragged Trousered PhilanthropistsAs with How to Read Donald Duck once you look at it and shrug off the view that it is just a children s book then the values on show are not so nice What is it that readers are asked to feel nostalgia for This was published in 1908 before Lloyd George prepared his People s Budget in 190910 before The Parliament Act of 1911 and at the same time as women were agitating for the vote There are the book s Weasels Stoats and Ferrets so take up your cudgel to uphold Merrie Olde England and our ancestral rights to under occupied manor houses and the freedom to behave with some reckless abandonAlternatively we have the nostalgia of The Leisure Class our heroes are people who don t have to work who are so different from ordinary people that they don t even have to be human any and who can indulge themselves as they see fit save for the inexplicable unreasonableness of the lawUltimately it is what is as we all are in this particular case a homoerotic fantasy in which all the men and boys can go off and live an upper middle class life as animals by the river banks without having to deal with the conseuences of that decision the women will still be prepared to do the washing and the ironing apparently and indeed woe betide the creature that tries to interrupt this way of life The only duty is to one another infringement of privilege punishable by violence For all its emphasis on nature and the river it is a very inward looking book It is a closed off world the industrial urban society with a market economy is literally populated by a different species There are few things uite as curious and peculiar as the stories people would like children to delight in

  • Hardcover
  • 288
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • Kenneth Grahame
  • English
  • 04 October 2019
  • 9780141329826