Posted by Mike Dennis on August 21, 2019 at 01:33:14 user MTD.
In Reply to: Favourite Book posted by John Nichols on August 18, 2019 at 05:44:37:
WH for many reasons, AR is writing about a proper frost and snow winter, which makes it my favourite season here in the UK. Then the introduction of the Ds, outsiders (as are all us readers) who are welcomed in to the existing world of the characters (remember some have their doubts about doing so because of their lack of obvious nautical skills.) Then many of the sub-plots have the Ds proving themselves (the skating scene is always a joy to read!) The scholarly Dick's heroism in rescuing the crag fast sheep, which even the 'saintly' John would have had second thoughts about doing!
Reading WH as an older adult the realising that Nancy sees qualities in both Ds that all the other S & As overlook, is some very perceptive writing by AR. The book also contains some of his finest writing, though many argue that this accolade goes to WDMTGTS, this is a book I only read once in childhood and only got to know as an adult but still can't see why some rate it so highly.
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