Posted by Ed Kiser on August 28, 2018 at 07:37:23 user Kisered.
In Reply to: Least Favourite Character! posted by Mike Dennis on August 26, 2018 at 05:27:25:
Roger came to me in a much more positive light.
When I first started reading the Ransome series, I was lucky to have
happened to start with the right one, SA. That book began with what
are today to me famous words, "Roger, aged seven,..." This is what
grabbed my attention, for two reasons. I was seven. Here was a
character that I felt I could associate with, one that I could understand.
My father's name was ROGER, but of course I would not call him that, but
I did know his name, so at last, now I can talk about ROGER (not my dad)
and get away with using my father's name.
The story went on to show Roger pretending to be a sailing ship,
tacking (a term that at that time meant nothing - something to learn). He was pretending, just playing a "let's pretend" game. I could
identify with that as well, as many a time I sat astraddle of the big
arm rest of the easy chair, listening to the radio "LONE RANGER" and "riding my horse" shooting my cap pistol to help The Lone Ranger fight off the bad guys, just pretending, somewhat like Roger was pretending.
I was so proud when "WE" found the gold in PP.
Roger and I were good friends. I was glad I was able to go with him
on those adventures. He is still a good friend to me decades later.
When I today re-read of his adventures, somehow it helps me feel young again. One is never too old to go camping on Wild Cat island, with the
"Those were the days, my friend. We though they'd never end."
ED KISER, KENTUCKY, USA
with the idea. I became a part of that made up adventure. I felt a
connection with this character who turned out to be the youngest in his
family, just as I was the youngest - which gave me yet another connection with this character.
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