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Posted by Bill Dashfield on October 02, 2020 at 13:27:07 user BillD.

In Reply to: Re: New Member posted by Peter Hyland on October 02, 2020 at 07:21:46:

Review: Yes, I liked that review too, and want it added to http://allthingsransome.net/literary/indexreviews.html which (to my surprise) only has reviews for S&A, WH and WDMTGTS and the Puffins set.

Can anyone tell me who to contact with the suggestion?

Swallowdale: "a love poem to the Lake District" sums it up, especially noticeable when Nancy was talking about the hound trail. I think it's really sad that the 1930 real experience is now 'fantasy' for so many; "but it is still true in places" especially if you go off the beaten track.

Part of the reason I came to New Zealand, and a large part of why we stayed here, is that in NZ the reality is you can still freely camp in huge areas of the country (some very like the Lakes), sail in many beautiful lakes, have a camp fire (though increasingly frowned on), catch and eat fish (with an inexpensive license). AR would have loved it here, especially the huge trout; he might even like that the **only** way to eat trout here is to catch it or be given it by a fisher friend.

The downside of emigration is that my visits to the real Lake District have been few, and, as age creeps on, the lower hills, easier tracks and historical richness of the Lakes becomes even more attractive.

Jarring incident: Yes, that charge jars with me. I think AR wanted a final uncertainty, climax and relief to end the book. I tell myself that Amazons' charges are followed by parleys, but AR didn't quite get it right. A brief discussion, with Susan's point of view, perhaps with Nancy saying firmly: "Look, we've got to chase them off. Better chased off than unworthy; if worthy will stand and parley." would still allow a charge and reconciliation.



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