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The Borrowers Avenged Paperback – April 1, 2003
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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 ›
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.
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.
This is a classic English-village story, set in that golden moment just before World War I that is so cherished by English writers. Yes, it does spend more time with "human beans" than the earlier books, but that reflects the Borrowers' increased level of interaction with "bean" activities.
Another reviewer's comment about this last volume being "darker" than the earlier ones led me to speculate about parallels between this series and the Harry Potter books, which are also criticized for getting darker. In each, there is a hidden population living among the English. They are no smarter, really, than the Beans or Muggles, but they are different in one important way: here, size, and there, magical ability. This different population does the same essential things (eating, dressing, growing up) as standard English people but with a twist. The story makes the reader examine the lifestyle and society that a child might take for granted. It's a great vehicle for social satire and commentary.
I wonder, though, if the popularity of this idea (hidden strangers among us) may be due in part to a growing understanding that the golden age of tweedy, genteel English uniformity was always a myth. There have always been "different" populations, people of other religions or races or physical abilities who kept their own customs out of the public eye. Beans and Muggles -- the dominant population -- tend to live in ignorance of the diverse community around them until clever writers bring the truth to their attention through fiction.
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 6 months 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 13 months ago by J. D. Estrada
Another in the Borrowers series though less interesting as the idea has become stale.Published 14 months ago by Mr. D. P. Jay
another one i haven't gotten on my kindle yet. i m sure i'll like itPublished 20 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 22 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 24 months ago by Han Hwee Ping