Posted by Bill Dashfield on September 09, 2020 at 03:30:17 user BillD.
In Reply to: Re: Best book posted by John Nichols on September 06, 2020 at 06:13:05:
There's a theory that the Ds both reflect AR's personality - or perhaps how AR would have like to have been. Dick the analytical side and Dot the creative side. (Dot's writing is a caricature of the type of prose AR would have been taught to avoid as a reporter.) Certainly they do get more than their share of leading roles - though I do like how AR gives each of the main characters their turn in the spotlight to drive the plots in different books along.
As for my favourite book? Tends to be the one I'm reading, or the one reflecting where I am. In part I visited and loved the Lakes and the Broads because of the books, and our first 'boat with a lid on', Lillie of Pin Mill(!), was initially based in Hamford (Secret) Water, which was a delight and a perfect place for a bilge keeler.
I do like the books with the D's in, and the ones about real places, but every book offers something new and different.
Just reread SA and noticed how later books were foreshadowed in the discussion after eating the shark p332: "Farthest North or Farthest South"; "we'll go prospecting for gold"; CF "may charter a big ship" with "us all as crew"; p334 "climbing the ranges"; "sailing to the Azores" or the Baltic. p356 "in the winter we'll fetch our food over the ice in sledges"; p359 they visited shipwreck cove - "a splendid cove", "one of our most private haunts". So much in store!
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