Posted by Adam Quinan on July 10, 2018 at 04:30:29 user Adam.
In Reply to: Back To Something Serious posted by Mike Dennis on July 09, 2018 at 08:39:39:
Interesting commentary. I, too, was dissatisfied with Lovelock's book and reading your post, I think that there is very little outright laugh out loud comedy but a good deal of gentle humour in Ransome's writing.
Again it may be a matter for interpretation, but I do find the S&A books, as opposed to the Broads books, tend to maintain the "game" of explorers and natives a lot longer and harp on the theme more than I suspect real children such as myself would have done. A good starting point for adventures but I think carried a bit far by Ransome.
I do agree that the books do not exhibit a really "imperialist" mindset in my opinion. Exploration is for adventure, not conquest or exploitation. Apart from Pigeon Post but it is not the local people being exploited, just the mineral wealth.
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