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Looking For Enid: The Mysterious And Inventive Life Of Enid Blyton [Format Kindle]

Duncan McLaren

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This is a strikingly inventive and unusual portrait of the most successful English writer for children (until J. K. Rowling), Enid Blyton, who entertained millions worldwide with her myriad adventure stories and mysteries but was herself both an adventure and a mystery. This book is for everyone who ever wondered what kind of woman Enid Blyton was.

Enid Blyton gave us the Famous Five and Fatty's Find-Outers, the Enchanted Wood and the Wishing Chair. Some of us, encouraged by austere critics, have pretended no longer to want what Enid gave. We have pretended that we were not once upon a time enthralled by her stories. We have chosen to forget how much we loved the time we spent in their company. And we have feigned disdain. Now, Duncan McLaren offers lapsed devotees the possibility of honest redemption. If you're willing to acknowledge that Enid Blyton once mattered to you, you are warmly invited to accompany Duncan on an adventure that will investigate what made Enid Enid and endeavour to reach the source of her torrent of stories, those that came when she was 'letting her mind go free'.

This unforgettable memoir will strike a chord with readers of Anne Frank's diary, Primo Levi's The Truce, Paul Steinberg's Speak You Also, Daniel Snowman's The Hitler Emigres and other Holocaust literature; for viewers of films like Europa, Europa (Agnieszka Holland) and Schindler's List; and readers of Frank McCourt-like survival stories.

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  • Format : Format Kindle
  • Taille du fichier : 1302 KB
  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 336 pages
  • Editeur : Portobello Books (6 septembre 2012)
  • Vendu par : Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ASIN: B009CUO2LC
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 A good interesting read for Blyton fans, but a few quibbles 11 mars 2012
Par Gerard Wilson - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I'll make this a review 'under reserve' because I think I will have to read the book again to do the it justice. The title of this book says exactly what the book is about. The author sets out to discover who Enid Blyton was not only by reading the critical literature and consulting Blyton experts and Blyton organisations, but by actually setting off, backpack and all, on a tour of discovery. He tracks down the houses and places where Blyton lived or stayed in, from childhood to the end of her life. He also attempts to demonstrate that some of the places familiar to Blyton (holiday resorts etc) served as model for crucial scenery in some of her books. He does it rather convincingly. I found myself on google maps (I'm down here in Melbourne)trying to follow him on his tour. He is accompanied most of the time by his girlfriend, Kate, who acts as a sometimes doubtful sounding board for his speculations. His journey of discovery also includes much speculation (often convincingly)about how people in Blyton's life influenced her writing. These include her father, mother, and first husband. While all this is going on he weaves the characters and stories of some of Blyton's books into the action, so that in the end the characters are mixing with and talking to Enid Blyton herself. I thought this very daring, but for the most part he pulls it off. Bravo, Dunc. Now for my reservations. The characters and stories woven into the narrative are mostly from Blyton's Mystery/Find-Outers series. You really have to be familiar with this series to appreciate the success of what he is doing. I have read only one from this series (The Mystery of the Strange Messages, Christmas present 1957)so I struggled a little in the beginning but got the hang of it eventually. (I'm almost exclusively a Famous Five fan.) I suggest those coming to this book brush up on their Mystery/Find-Outer stories. It will make it easier to follow what is being attempted. My only major criticism is the attempt at a sort of Freudian psychoanalysis of Blyton's (sexual) motivations for parts of her stories. I didn't realise - and it was a surprise that I never saw it - that tunnels and towers (especially tunnels) played a big role in the Famous Five series. I thought to myself while the author was developing his analysis, 'Oh no, don't do it, Dunc.' But he did it - totally unconvincingly for me. Let me apply Ockham's Razor and go for the more obvious explanation: tunnels are mysterious and provide tension for 12-year-olds. To some extent I think the author has made a sub-case for Blyton's arrested development as a writer: she writes with the mentality of a 12-year-old. She was never successful as a writer for the adult market. Fortunately this attempt at psychoanalysis is a small part in an otherwise interesting, engaging and eccentric biography. A last recommendation: I would suggest that readers read Barbara Stoney's more traditional biography of Enid Blyton (Enid Blyton: The Biography)before reading this one. It will make it easier to follow the author's adventure. Highly recommended.
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