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Re: Review of 'Swallows, Amazons and Coots'

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Posted by Mike Field on January 20, 2017 at 03:06:15 user mikefield.

In Reply to: Re: Review of 'Swallows, Amazons and Coots' posted by Alan Hakim on January 18, 2017 at 09:49:41:

"Books reflect the period they are written, not a much later era with different values."

Exactly. That's why some words used by, inter alia, AR in the 1930s, words that are no longer acceptable in public speech, should nevertheless remain in the texts.

Some people in the past have thought that bowdlerised versions of AR should be published to suit today's tastes and preferences. This was discussed here a short while ago, with some bowdlerised examples produced to show how ridiculous the whole idea really is.

The books are the books. If you don't like parts of them, don't alter them, just don't read them. [Steps down off soap-box]

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