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The Secret of the Old Clock: 80th Anniversary Limited Edition (Nancy Drew Book 1) Kindle Edition
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- Book 1 of 22 in Nancy Drew (22 Book Series)
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As the series progressed and other writers began to generate Nancy Drew novels, the character changed and Nancy was "toned down;" instead of flatly rich, she became reasonably affluent; recklessness was replaced by commonsense caution; and while she might be willing to bend the law a bit she would never knowingly break it. In the 1950s and 1960s the earlier novels were re-written to reflect this change in character.
THE SECRET OF THE OLD CLOCK was significantly rewritten in 1959, and the 1959 version is the only version currently in print. Given its era, you will find nothing in the way of cell phones, computers, or the like; Nancy's fashion sense includes gloves; and she always seems find time to whip up a credible meal from scratch for friends. This particular story finds Nancy involved in a search for a missing will. She is assisted in this by her father, who is a noted attorney, and by her older friend Helen Corning. (The re-occuring characters of George, Bess, and Ned do not appear in the earliest books.) As her investigation progresses she not only finds herself at odds with unworthy heirs, but confronting furniture thieves as well.Read more ›
With this in mind, it is important to understand that there is an extensive section involving racial stereotypes concerning an African American character that some may find offensive. For this reason, this book, in my opinion, is not really suitable for younger children. However, adults and older children who are familar with the Nancy Drew series and have read the 1959 version of this book will certainly enjoy reading this original text.
Having read both the 1930 and the 1959 version, my personal opinion is that the 1930 version is the better book. Unlike in the rewrite, we gain more insight into why Nancy and the Topham sisters do not get along, for example. There is also better character development and these characters seem more authentic. The rewrite suffers somewhat in these respects and should have simply been rewritten to remove the offensive material while leaving the remaining text mostly intact.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I enjoyed these books as a child and hope to encourage my great grandchildren to read more. Fingers crossed.Published 20 days ago by T. Wright
Read this as a child and bought the same for a gift. I would recommend to any young reader.Published 22 days ago by Renee
Nancy drew is an amazing and suspence filled book and is great for 9 to 100 year olds.The reason I said 9 is because some 8 year olds might not understand it. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Chris
Good to person studying English.
I enjoyed a lot as I studying new words and sentences I recommend it to people who speak English as second language
C'mon Amazon, these should be $2.99 with a volume discount for buying the whole 22-book kindle series. These are books for elementary school kids that were written 85 years ago. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill Ward
This series is simplistic but enjoyable. I read them as a teen, and am rereading them now. This one had lots of mystery and adventure for Nancy.Published 2 months ago by Globetrotter
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She is probably not too young. However, illustrations do not show up well and there are limited children's books available for Kindle. That is why we are not getting one for our 10 year old who loves to read. I do hope that changes soon!
Dec 17, 2010 by Linda Johnston | See all 3 posts
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