Re: Puffin picture books - Sailing

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Posted by John Lambert on January 26, 2008 at 01:33:44 from user Benedict.

In Reply to: Re: Puffin picture books - Sailing posted by Jock on January 25, 2008 at 20:42:47:

Interesting comment about this girl's mother wriing a book about their adventures. Next time I see her I'll ask if her mother did write a book, journal, whatever.

Also interesting about change in adventure stories I've noticed this too, not only in books, but also movies. If anyone of us went through the same harrowing experiences modern heroes face, we would run home and hide under the bedclothes. That is, if we survived. James Bond gets more and more ridiculous with each new movie. What Carruthers and Davies went through in Riddle of the Sands would be quite enough for most normal people. AR's books are so popular (at least with us) because the events could happen. They are possible. The worlds that James Bond and Rambo inhabit could never really exist. A real James Bond would lose his grip on the rope from the helicopter and fall to his death. Either that or die from some social disease. Rambo would die in a hail of lead as soon as he got off his first shot. The guns that Humphrey Bogert waved about would fit in the palm of his hand. Today, movie heroes wield armament that would stop a tank. Where will it all end? My willing suspension of disbelief stopped about 50 years ago. Give me that drink and a book by AR as I loll about in a hammock on Nuku Hiva and that's adventure enough for me.

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