Posted by JG on September 07, 2016 at 07:32:54 user JG.
In Reply to: Re: Should be - Strange Comment posted by Tiss Flower on September 07, 2016 at 06:43:47:
Yes, I do agree that it's an unclear sentence, perhaps written in haste, and the reviewer has certainly risked the ironic point not being taken by her readers. I did want to absolve her, though, of any ignorant attribution of speeding cars and grandmothers' doorsteps to the S&A canon. As another commentator has said, at least we can take pleasure in the fact that this reviewer among many other writers uses 'Swallows and Amazons' as a shorthand phrase for good parenting and bringing-up of children.
In the new film, incidentally (which I know you're not going to see), there are some lovely exchanges, e.g. between Mrs. Walker and Mrs. Jackson, on wholesome hands-off parenting. And in the film there is some arguing among the Swallows! Most realistic.
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