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The Borrowers Avenged Paperback – April 1, 2003
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About the Author
Mary Norton (1903-1992) lived in England, where she was an actress, playwright, and award-winning author of the classic Borrowers novels.
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But little Arietty Clock, who lives with her parents (Pod and Homily) is a naturally curious girl and lonely besides. When, on her very first trip out to Borrow ("The Borrowers," 1952), she is "seen" by a little human boy, she becomes friends with him and sets off a chain of events that will threaten her family's very existence -- and make staying in their home beneath the kitchen floorboards impossible.
In this fifth and last tale of the Borrowers' adventures (written in 1982, decades after the previous four), the Clock family have escaped their captors and moved from the lovely miniature village at Little Fordham to the rectory in the human village of Fordham. Their relatives have taken up residence in the church, and they share the rectory itself with an artistic type of Borrower, Peagreen, who was crippled as a child when he fell off a shelf. But their adventures are not over. The Platters, those terrible humans who imprisoned them in the fourth book in order to make their fortune by displaying them to the public, are back: and just as desperate to find Arietty and her family as ever. In the hair-raising climax, Arietty watches, breathless, as the Platters ransack the church looking for Borrowers. Will she and her friends and relations, Arietty wonders, never be left in peace?Read more ›
Probably because of the long gap between this book and its predecessors, the tone seems somewhat darker and more thoughtful. Elements of religion and the supernatural are introduced for the first time, and for the first time the fact that the story is taking place in the early twentieth century is nailed down for certain. The last chapters seem a bit equivocal and leave the reader with the sense that Norton planned at least one more adventure for the borrowers, but sadly she died before getting it written. Nevertheless these five tales will please their readers, and those who first meet the borrowers as children will find that they are just as appealing when they read the stories again as adults.
I love The Borrowers as a child, and the three books that followed. This last book is not anywhere near the same quality or magical writing style of the others. Don't foist this on your kids. Stick with the first four.
This book is quite different from the earlier books. This story contains social commentary, as seen when the family meets Peregrine Overmantle, and the introduction of more fantastic elements, such as a household ghost. It's quite interesting to imagine where Mary Norton might have gone, had she had the time to write more Borrowers stories. Anyway, this is a great book, and well worth your time and money.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I read reviews here that said this book is not like the others and should never have been written and I disagree 100%. Read morePublished 26 days ago by The anonymous gardener
Truth be told, the entire series is trying to match the original's wonder and although this final installment is a lovely read, it fell just short once again. Read morePublished 7 months ago by J. D. Estrada
Another in the Borrowers series though less interesting as the idea has become stale.Published 9 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
another one i haven't gotten on my kindle yet. i m sure i'll like itPublished 14 months ago by Rebecca
The last of the series and just as good as the others. I highly recommend this as bedtime reading for your littlins... Maybe no younger than 5 or 6 years old though.Published 17 months ago by Reina
I re-read the series recently - have probably read them first in my teens. This last book in the series had me reading non-stop, unable to put it down until the end. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Han Hwee Ping