❅ Vantul prin salcii kindle Epub ❥ Author Kenneth Grahame – Varanus.us

Vantul prin salciiThere Is Nothing Half So Much Worth Doing As Simply Messing Around In Boats When Mole Flees His Little Underground Home He Discovers New Friends And Adventures With Raj, Toad And BadgerThis Much Loved Story Has Been Carefully Retold For Young Children To Enjoy With Beautiful Illustrations Throughout, It Provides The Perfect Introduction To A Classic Tale

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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 wrote One 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 with whom he is in love, and if she does not like it, he asks her to return his letters The old man tries it on his nephew, and alters his will accordingly When you sit down to read it, don t be so ridiculous as to suppose you are sitting in Trying to review The Wind in the Willows is a strange undertaking In the introduction to my copy, A A Milne wrote One 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 with whom he is in love, and if she does not like it, he asks her to return his letters The old man tries it on his nephew, and alters his will accordingly When you sit down to read it, don t be so ridiculous as to suppose you are sitting in judgment on my taste, or on the art of Kenneth Grahame You are merely sitting in judgment on yourself You may be worthy I don t know But it is you who are on trial Milne s comments may seem overly grave, especially to those familiar with Grahame s lighthearted, whimsical, occasionally mystical, story of Mole and Water Rat s genteel life on the bank of the River and the adventures of the incorrigible and ridiculous and highly entertaining Mr Toad, wanton son of worthier sires, but look here if you love the story, you are clearly on the side of the Hobbits indeed, if you want to know what life in the Shire is like, I can t think of a better book to refer you to and if you dislike it, you may be an Orc at heart seducable, like Toad, away from quiet contemplative enjoyment of this sometimes slow book by the flash and boom of technological gimmickry You might be the kind of person who prefers to run on an electric treadmill or rubber sports track than hike a nature trail.And if you are, I hope you have friends as stubbornly loyal as Mole, Water Rat, and Badger who will stick by you, in spite of yourself, until you come around


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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 squirearchical social order on the upstart lower orders as represented by Weasels, Stoats and Ferrets.It 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 Philanthropists.As with How to Read Donald Duck, once you look at it and shrug An Edwardian children s book that ends with the reimposition by force of the traditional squirearchical social order on the upstart lower orders as represented by Weasels, Stoats and Ferrets.It 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 Philanthropists.As 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 1909 10, 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 abandon Alternatively 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 anyand who can indulge themselves as they see fit save for the inexplicable unreasonableness of the law.Ultimately 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 consequences 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 quite as curious and peculiar as the stories people would like children to delight in


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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 occasionally put me in a low interest in reading category All of this just to say that The Wind in The Willows is another victim of my reading is meh state.When I first started this, I trie 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 occasionally put me in a low interest in reading category All of this just to say that The Wind in The Willows is another victim of my reading is meh state.When I first started this, I tried to read it to my kids every night I figured since it was written for a younger crowd and I found it in the kid s books section at the library it might be perfect for them I recently read The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe to them and they loved it So, this would be the next best step, right Nopethey were not interested at all We sat down for about 10 nights straight trying to read this and they quickly lost interest, loudly exclaiming I m bored after a few pages Around 40 or 50 pages in I finally gave up.Then I went on to reading it on my own Maybe my experience was tainted by my disgruntled children, but I was not getting muchexcited about it than they did Every time I read it I had to force myself to refocus as my mind was wandering Now, this is not a complicated book, so the fact that I was losing touch with the content was definitely a red flag And, I think another thing about it that was frustrating was that most of the book is really long run on sentences with lots of commas You might think that doesn t make a difference, but it is quite taxing on the brain when sentence after sentence goes on and on without a break I kept wanted to yell yes, yes, I get it You can stop now For many, this is a classic If it was released now, I am not sure if it would be met with the same excitement The story is kind of silly, which is okay as it is for kids But, since it didn t keep my kids interested, it must not be the right kind of silly I need to look into the background of this story as I am sure that the anthropomorphic woodland creatures interacting with humans in a normal fashion must be an allegory for something Or, maybe it all doesn t mean anything Either way, I am glad it is finally done and, on the bright side of things, I can check another classic off the list


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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 parable about class struggle, about the dangers of decadant country house living in the face of powerful revolutionary forces There are maybe four generations in the 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 parable about class struggle, about the dangers of decadant country house living in the face of powerful revolutionary forces There are maybe four generations in the story There is the young man Ratty, a gentle sort of chap who spends his time messing about in boats He is joined by the younger, less experienced Mole Mole may even be petty bourgeois, but he proves himself to be stout hearted for all that Mr Toad, however, has come into his inheritance, and lives in his country house Toad is an irresponsible figure, taking up foolish hobbies of which, in the story, the most fateful is the motor car The older man is Badger, and it is he that casts cold water on this irresponsibility But where is all this irresponsiblity going to lead Outside this cosy comfortable setting, lie the dangerous forces in the Wild Wood Mr Toad, besotted by his motor car, is arrested and sent to gaol His defences down, his house is quickly occupied by the weasles and stoats who live in the Wild Wood To the rescue comes Mr Badger, who is wise enough to see that if Toad is to regain his valuable property, he must forsake idleness and frivolity and stand up to the people of the Wild Wood So the band of gentlemanly heroes take up arms and re establish the shaken social orderWe shall creep out quietly into the butler s pantry , cried the Toad, with our pistols and swords and sticks , shouted the Rat, and rush in upon them , said the Badger, and whack em and whack em and whack em , cried the Toad in ecstasy. This is, then, a cautionary tale, a warning to the propertied classes to take up, if necessary, arms against the lower classes and to stop living lives of decadent indolence


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    Some of the best children s classics have started with an adult inventing stories to tell to a childAlice s Adventures in Wonderland , Winnie the Pooh , Peter Panand evenWatership Downall 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 tragedy.Kenneth Grahame had already established himself as a talented w Some of the best children s classics have started with an adult inventing stories to tell to a childAlice s Adventures in Wonderland , Winnie the Pooh , Peter Panand evenWatership Downall 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 tragedy.Kenneth 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 calledThe Golden Agein 1895 He followed this up in 1898 withDream Days , a sequel, which was evensuccessful, and established him as a writer with a special insight into childhoodDream Daysitself included another children s story,The Reluctant DragonThroughout 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 of.Kenneth 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 theWild WoodWhen Alastair was about four years old, Kenneth Grahame would tellMousehis nickname for Alastair bedtime stories about a toad And whenever the two were apart, his father would writetales about Toad, Mole, Ratty and Badger in letters to his young son Alastair.Kenneth 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 evenThe 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 curate.We can clearly see echoes of his childhood in The Wind in the Willows His grandmother s decrepit house,The Mounthas 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 Willows.The 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 retirement.As 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 gay.It 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 quite sensuous, with descriptions of hisrippling musclesOne 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 noticeablya 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 evensignificantly, they are human, not animal.It 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 quirky faults His speech is described ascommonhe excitedly want to get hisgrubfood And amusingly, both Rat and Mole end up very confused as Badger insists,I want to learn em, not teach emwhen they are discussing teaching view spoiler the stoats and weasels hide spoiler a lesson chastening them.Despite his success, and eligibility as husband material, Kenneth Grahame remained awkward in the company of the opposite sex Only when he was 40 did he marry Elspeth Thomson, a woman who was devoted to him Kenneth Grahame however, in a strange echo of James M Barrie, remained distant, and incapable of demonstrating love Elspeth grew increasingly miserable, taking to her bed for much of the day.Their only child, Alastair, orMousewas born a little prematurely, in 1900 He was blind in his right eye, and the other had a severe squint Mouse was much loved by both parents, but it was probably the case that Kenneth Grahame was trying to relive his own childhood through his son, especially his thwarted academic aspirations, and he had absurdly high academic expectations of Alastair Mouse had morbid fancies, and when he was three and a half, in an act chillingly prophetic of his own death, amused himself playing a game where he lay in front of speeding cars to bring them screeching to a halt Another odd instance occurred when he was given his presents on his fourth birthday Instead of enjoying playing with them, he started to repack them in complete silence.This strange little boy was bullied at Rugby School, and again when transferring to Eton He left the school, and was privately tutored in Surrey Mouse was of a nervous disposition, and aware that he was not coming up to his father s unrealistic expectations for him His eyesight was worsening he was fragile, and thoroughly miserable when he started as an undergraduate at Christ Church College, in 1918 He made no friends and joined no social clubs He was to fail his Scripture, Greek and Latin exams three times within his first year if he failed them again, he would be sent down have to leave university.It had all got too much for him At his last dinner in Hall, he downed a glass of port, surprising the undergraduate sitting next to him Alastair then set off across the meadows the setting for all the stories his father had told him, which had entranced him so and which were to become The Wind in the Willows Across the meadows was the railway track.With supreme irony, just as Peter Llewelyn Davis, the original for J.M Barrie sPeter Panwas to do many years later, Mouse threw himself under a train He was just 19 years old.When his decapitated body was found the next day, his pockets were crammed with religious books for his dreaded Scripture exam He was buried in 1920, on his 20th birthday His grave is hidden in a quiet corner of Oxford, in Holywell Cemetery, in the shadow of the medieval St Cross Church Located beside the River Thames, this is the gentle setting for Kenneth Grahame s masterpiece His father scattered lilies of the valley over the coffin And 12 years later, his father too, a shattered genius who had now written The Wind In The Willows, was to be buried beside the doomed little boy who had inspired him Perhaps after all, he had gained some catharsis through writing down the stories he had told his beloved little boy.At the time of Alastair s death, Kenneth Grahame was no longer the Secretary of the Bank of England He left his post abruptly in 1908, following a reported dispute with a governor, Walter Cunliffe Some academics view Walter Cunliffe as the template for Toad, in his bullyish and forceful nature, and it has been suggested that Walter Cunliffe knew of Grahame s sexuality and bullied him about it, which led to his early retirement.Kenneth Grahame and his wife and son, Mouse then moved to an old farmhouse, where father and son spent their time,simply messing about in boats. As we have seen, he used the bedtime stories he had told Alastair at this time, as a basis for the manuscript of The Wind in the Willows, where his characters do much of the same But he was never to write anything else For all his fame and fortune, Kenneth Grahame remained a tortured soul until his death in 1932, a broken hearted man of 73.Yet the legacy of this tragic life, is a delightfully whimsical tale which has entertained both children and adults for generations We can recognise all the anthropomorphised animals so well from our own lives It starts with Mole, an Everyman and hero of the story, a home loving ordinary sort of chap He is tempted to explore a little further than his own comfortable domesticity, when he meets Ratty, and is very impressed by his ideas The water rat turns out to be a dashing free spirited, imaginative and capable friend, and the two of them have many adventures One involves meeting Badger, a venerable wise old soul, with his down to earth reasoning and help He is a father figure or teacher to the others Then of course there is Toad, who is wildly taken up by any new craze, and tempted by anything new Toad is convinced that he can outwit everybody, and his ridiculous antics provide most of the humour in this book He represents the spirit of abandonment and adventure that many of us might dream about, but are either too shy, or too practical and self controlled to do.Toad is impossibly vain and conceited, rather dim witted, but when not devising new plot and tricks, he is very loyal He has inherited a great house from his father, who knew full well what his impressionable and impulsive son was like, and asked Badger to look out for him, after he died Toad is therefore immensely rich, but has a good heart essentially and is very generous to his friends, who spend much of their time getting him out off the scrapes he gets himself into Children will love Mr Toad, and secretly admire his devil may care attitude, and defiance of conventional rules and etiquette His antics view spoiler land him in jail, and lose him his home to vandals, in the form of weasels, stoats and ferrets, hide spoiler yet even this does not cool Toad s delightfully wicked ways.The purpose of children s stories during this golden era of children s literature, was largely didactic Today its overt themes of appreciation for domesticity and manners may seem quaint and moralistic, yet in reality, most parents would want their children to follow these Throughout the novel, Rat and Badger are praised for their hospitality, or and as in the case of Toad, criticised for their lack of it Kenneth Grahame also shows children how to act towards others in certain situations, sometimes by speaking directly to the reader to comment on the importance of etiquette, from the smallest examples of table manners, or much larger concerns of honesty Through both its plot and its writing style, The Wind in the Willows clearly shows the manners deemed proper in the Edwardian era.Unlike the muchsavage story ofPeter Pan , Kenneth Grahame s characters have to face the consequences of their actions Both Mole and Toad make mistakes, and suffer for them view spoiler When Mole ignores the warning he has had, and ventures into the woods, he soon finds himself in a terrifying, dangerous situation Only the aid of his friend and mentor, Rat, saves him Toad is warned several times about his extravagant spending and reckless driving, and is eventually thrown in jail for ignoring those warnings Ultimately he is forced by Badger to confront his behavioural problems hide spoiler The characters in this novel are realistically flawed, as we all are, but children are shown that the way to learn and grow is to face those consequences.The exploits and escapades of Mr Toad were such an appealing part of the book, that 2 decades later, when it was in its 31st printing, the author A.A Milne adapted those chapters for the stage The result was A.A Milne s 1929 play,Toad of Toad HallAlmost a century later, it was yet again adapted for the stage, this time as a musical, by Julian Fellowes This is a book which has never been out of print, has many adaptations, and never lost its appeal.One reason for this is that it is not just a collection of moral tales, but also an exciting adventure Kenneth Grahame s characters love adventures In common with Victorian and Edwardian gentlemen, those from this class do not work Instead they go on visits, take boats out on the river, go for long picnics, and enjoy the open air and Nature Both they and we therefore as a consequence appreciate the beauty of Nature through exploration Toad takes his road trips, home loving Mole explores the Wild Wood on his own, and even Rat, thoroughly settled in his riverbank home, is momentarily tempted to setting out for an ocean life, at the end of the season Each of the main characters is subject to the lure of adventure.Yet whilst each of them has an adventurous spirit, and enjoys their various escapades, they all enjoy the sense of having a place of their own to return to Rat and Badger seem older, and areset in their ways They prefer to stay close to their homes, while Mole and Toad want to see as much of the world as they can Nevertheless, Mole and Toad are also glad to have a home to go to, and which they view with great affection The closing scenes of the novel reiterate the power of home, with view spoiler their triumphant return to Toad Hall hide spoiler Interestingly, although they are not human, each character represents a certain stage of a human s life Badger is the oldest and hence commands the most respect Rat acts as if he is slightly younger than Badger, for example, he isactive around his home but he still seems to be very sensible and quite mature Mole behaves like a young man just trying to make his way in the world Sometimes he is quite daring, but he also needs someone to guide him, as he tends to make foolish decisions Toad s behaviour, very obviously, is that of a spoiled, immature child.At this time, young men would often find their place in the world through the mentorship of an older,established gentleman We see an example of this with Rat and Mole They instantly like each other, which enables Rat to advise Mole in many areas, and help him towards maturity, turning him into a considerate and kind gentleman The reader sees how successful Rat has been by the end of the story Mole plays an essential role in the final adventure at Toad Hall, and is highly praised by Badger Toad, on the other hand, is adifficult case, so only Badger can fill that role of a mentor It will take a while, but we do see signs that Toad will improve as well It is clear that Kenneth Grahame had a strong belief in the power an older man had, as a guide to a younger one.The novel is a series of episodes, in twelve chapters each in a way complete in themselves, and each varying a lot in its style and pace Some are adventure stories, full of camaraderie some are humorous interludes, often with a little moral lesson Some are thrilling, and full of excitement some farcontemplative, and beautifully evocative of the English countryside And two chapters in particular, chapter 5,Dulce Domumabout an animal s instinct for home, and chapter 7,The Piper at the Gates of Dawn , about the great god Pan, are mystical, and very strange Aspects of and references to the novel are to be found in unlikely placesThe Piper at the Gates of Dawn , is also the name of Pink Floyd s first album in 1967 Yet oddly, as a whole, it works, as countless enthusiastic readers have attested Catchphrases such asmessing about in boatsandpoop, poophave found their way into English culture There are many abridgements and rewritten forms of the novel, with appropriate language for very young children When I approached my latest reread I was certain that I would easily be able to select just one of the three versions that I have, to keep Nevertheless, all three seem to have somehow found their way back on to my shelves.The Wind in the Willows is quintessentially English, and over very Edwardian As we have seen, it is very concerned with correct form, and good manners with what is required to be an upright jolly good fellow We recognise the English traits of pomposity and bluster, a certain reserve, a sense of decency, a stiff upper lip in the face of danger, a dry and understated sense of humour, a sense of the ridiculous and absurd, and an enjoyment of adventure The whole is imbued with a love of Nature and the English countryside, with lyrical passages which are quite beautiful The whole is a paean to the English countryside, and Kenneth Grahame repeatedly shows his views of the superiority of country life over city life.The novel begins when Mole decides to leave his crowded home in order to livein the country, and this idea continues to permeate through each episode We see the author s views in his portrayal of the destructiveness of the motor car He continually criticizes the ugliness of industrial life a city became the Wild Wood once the humans abandoned it But his love for the pastoral life comes through most in his prose, which is rich in imagery about the beauty of naturethe rich meadow grass seemed that morning of a freshness and a greenness unsurpassable Never had they noticed the roses so vivid, the willow herb so riotous, the meadow sweet so odorous and pervading The relaxing settings, rustic picnics and peaceful rambles along the riverside, all contrast with the hectic, crowded city As its author said, it is a book for thosewho keep the spirit of youth alive in them of life, sunshine, running water, woodlands dusty roads, winter firesidesAltogether it is a very endearing book, and one which can be read over and over again.It is one of the great children s classics, and a book which is full of a type of carefree happiness How especially poignant and ironic, then, that the little boy who enabled its creation, found that such delight and happiness always eluded himself


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    PART TWO OF PETER JACKSON S THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS CONCLUSIONNight Toad Hall, interior STEPHEN FRY as TOAD and ORLANDO BLOOM as BADGER are in the middle of a wild mel e with numerous STOATS and WEASELS BADGER It s no good, Toad There s too many of themWith a blow of his cudgel, he knocks a WEASEL into the open fire TOAD We can hold them off, Badger old chapEVANGELINE LILLY as a HOT BADGER BABE crashes through the window and lands next to them BADGERChoked with emotionYou ca PART TWO OF PETER JACKSON S THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS CONCLUSIONNight Toad Hall, interior STEPHEN FRY as TOAD and ORLANDO BLOOM as BADGER are in the middle of a wild mel e with numerous STOATS and WEASELS BADGER It s no good, Toad There s too many of themWith a blow of his cudgel, he knocks a WEASEL into the open fire TOAD We can hold them off, Badger old chapEVANGELINE LILLY as a HOT BADGER BABE crashes through the window and lands next to them BADGERChoked with emotionYou came back.HOT BADGER BABE BadgerFor a moment, they just look at each other A STOAT tries to take advantage of their inattention to sneak up on them from behind, but TOAD grabs a carving knife from the dining table and wittily disembowels him BADGER Thanks, ToadTWO MORE STOATS have meanwhile advanced on TOAD BADGER amusingly decapitates them with a single blow of his cudgel TOAD Nice work, BadgerDissolve to the pantry, where MARTIN FREEMAN as MOLE is frantically mixing something in a large bowl, assisted by ELIJAH WOOD as RATTY MOLE Okay, that s the sugar Now we need some fertilizer.RATTY Will this horse shit do MOLE It ll have toHe dumps it into the bowl, pours in the contents of a bottle, then accidentally drops everything on the floor RATTY Oh dearA deafening explosion Clouds of smoke cover everything, then we see letters superimposed on them saying PART THREE COMING NEXT CHRISTMAS A REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF KENNETH GRAHAME What have we done


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    A genuinely refreshing little romp through tunnels and even sustains with the theory that looks may be deceiving the Badger 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 andfun 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 predicted.Sure, 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 wind okay, 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, Kenneth GrahameThe Wind in the Willows is a children s novel by Scottish novelist Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908 With the arrival of spring and fine weather outside, the good natured Mole loses patience with spring cleaning He flees his underground home, emerging to take in the air and ends up at the river, which he has never seen before Here he meets Rat a water vole , who at this time of year spends all his days in, on and close by the river Rat takes Mo The Wind in the Willows, Kenneth GrahameThe Wind in the Willows is a children s novel by Scottish novelist Kenneth Grahame, first published in 1908 With the arrival of spring and fine weather outside, the good natured Mole loses patience with spring cleaning He flees his underground home, emerging to take in the air and ends up at the river, which he has never seen before Here he meets Rat a water vole , who at this time of year spends all his days in, on and close by the river Rat takes Mole for a ride in his rowing boat They get along well and spend manydays boating, with Ratty teaching Mole the ways of the river, with the two friends living together in Ratty s riverside home One summer day, Rat and Mole disembark near the grand Toad Hall and pay a visit to Toad Toad is rich, jovial, friendly and kind hearted, but aimless and conceited he regularly becomes obsessed with current fads, only to abandon them abruptly Having recently given up boating, Toad s current craze is his horse drawn caravan He persuades the reluctant Rat and willing Mole to join him on a trip Toad soon tires of the realities of camp life, and sleeps in the following day to avoid chores Later that day, a passing motorcar scares the horse, causing the caravan to overturn into a ditch Rat threatens to have the law on the car driver, while Mole calms the horse, but Toad s craze for caravan travel is immediately replaced by an obsession with motorcars Mole wants to meet the respected but elusive Badger, who lives deep in the Wild Wood, but Rat knowing that Badger does not appreciate visits tells Mole to be patient and wait for Badger to pay them a visit himself Nevertheless, on a snowy winter s day, while the seasonally somnolent Rat dozes, Mole impulsively goes to the Wild Wood to explore, hoping to meet Badger He gets lost in the woods, sees many evil faces among the wood s less welcoming denizens, succumbs to fright and panic and hides, trying to stay warm, among the sheltering roots of a tree 2002 1379 228 9645571332 20 1395 309 9786002964045 1396 1396 193 9786003533493 1396 331 9786003532793 1396 52 97896428869991908


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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 I want to find the tea and boating and wooded English countryside to be slow yet sonoriously comforting, like a Bach cello suite or a warm cup of cider on a cool April night But I j 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 I want to find the tea and boating and wooded English countryside to be slow yet sonoriously comforting, like a Bach cello suite or a warm cup of cider on a cool April night But I just find it tediously boring I ve tried it three times, and after about twelve pages I sigh, put it down, and pick up something else Perhaps my father needed to have read it to me when I was young

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