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Re: Chocolate - 'very' Middle Class?


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Posted by Peter Hyland on August 08, 2020 at 06:48:11 user Peter_H.

In Reply to: Re: Chocolate - 'very' Middle Class? posted by Mike Field on August 06, 2020 at 18:41:43:

'an author has to write about what he knows'

I still think that is true on the whole, and certainly in Ransome's case. Surely the details, e.g. of sailing on a lake, are so real in his books because he had sailed on that lake himself, and had sailed the same, or very similar craft. I doubt if any amount of mere 'research' could have enabled him to write this, in Swallowdale:

"He was looking straight forward, feeling the wind on his cheek, enjoying the pull of sheet and tiller and the "lap, lap" of the water under Swallow's forefoot."

(By the way, Mike, congratulations on your promotion from the deck to the bridge of the good ship 'ATR'.)


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