The Wind in the Willows Kindle Edition
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Having re-read it, I now know what bothered me. This book really isn't for kids at all. It's mature--not "mature" in a "bad" sense, but mature in the way it looks at the world. Characters have experiences that I think only an adult would completely comprehend--such as Rat's sudden wanderlust. Additionally, I think I was trying to find a point to it, but there's really no such thing. There's a light overarching story arc revolving around Toad's motorcar shenanigans, but that's as close as it gets. Most of the time it's a meandering series of short stories about animals farting around in a forest.
But what a fun fart-about it is! It is spectacularly well written--I am in awe of Grahame's prose--and includes lovable characters, great dialogue, and hilarious asides. The human mannerisms of the animals are charming, and it's quite funny to think of them as proper English gentlemen. The icing on the cake is Grahame's loving descriptions of nature and all the life that lives in it.
So many elements make this story precious and unique. It stands the test of time with ease. Please give it a chance! I think you'll really enjoy it!
It is also interesting to note that this book was one of the inspirations of Brian Jacques, author of the popular "Redwall" series.
In 1908 Grahame retired from his position as secretary of the Bank of England. He moved back to Cookham, Berkshire, where he had been brought up and spent his time by the River Thames doing much as the animal characters in his book do -- as one of the most famous phrases from the book says, "simply messing about in boats" -- and wrote down the bedtime stories he had been telling his son Alistair.
Mole - A mild-mannered, home-loving animal, and the first character to be introduced. Fed up with spring cleaning in his secluded home, he ventures into the outside world. Originally overawed by the hustle and bustle of the riverbank, he eventually adapts.
Ratty - Ratty (actually a water vole) is cultured, relaxed and friendly, with literary pretentions and a life of leisure. Ratty loves the river and takes Mole under his wing. He is implied to be occasionally mischievous and can be stubborn when it comes to doing things outside of his riverside lifestyle.
Mr. Toad - The wealthy scion of Toad Hall. Good-natured, kind-hearted and not without intelligence, Toad inherited his wealth from his late father. Spoiled, conceited, and impulsive, he is prone to obsessions and crazes (such as punting, houseboats, and horse-drawn caravans), each of which in turn he becomes bored with and drops. His motoring craze eventually sees him imprisoned for theft, dangerous driving and gross impertinence to the rural police. Several chapters of the book chronicle his daring escape from prison.
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It's partly a peaceful pastorale with gentle-mannered humor between Rat, Mole, and Badger. And it's part hilarious adventure when that rascal Toad makes an appearance. And it's part adventure in the tale of the Norwegian rat. And part magical, from the subtle magic of the woods to the high magic of the Piper. Some of these chapters don't fit together, and for my taste, Toad's antics are way more funny than all the other characters. Grahame ties it all up at the end with a satisfying one-for-all, all-for-one battle scene.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This has been a favorite since I was a kid. I loved and still enjoy the life of mole and rat on the water and their various adventures. Read morePublished 3 days ago by D. K. Coe
The story is still fantastic but the physical publication is poor. The cover photo is very grainy and the margins in the print are off. It looks like the pages were cut too high.Published 12 days ago by The C-Mack
One of my favorite books from childhood. I still enjoy reading it every once and a while.Published 22 days ago by jr
Am currently reading this. Am trying to read it slowly so as not to be done with it too fast.
Because- I love these animals. And the writing. Read more
Back to the river with Ratty, The Mole and dear Old Badger, just messing about in boats! what a beautifully written book, I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Reader
Decided at 62 it was rime I read this book. It was an enjoyable read. Particularly liked the forgiving, accommodating nature of the rat.Published 2 months ago by Annette R
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