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Posted by Peter Hyland on October 02, 2020 at 07:21:46 user Peter_H.

In Reply to: Re: New Member posted by Bill Dashfield on October 02, 2020 at 03:13:14:

I think that Guardian review, written in 2004, is pretty good. I have read somewhere that Swallowdale is a love poem to the Lake District and I think that is also a fair summary. "Swallowdale . . . presents itself as realism but works as fantasy" - yes, but when AR wrote it in 1931 it was easier to regard it as realism. My father, who fished, told me trout could be found almost anywhere in those days and could easily be caught (and fried).

There is one event at the end of the book which always jars with me. When the Amazons and Swallows return to Wild Cat Island they see tents already put up in the camp and assume that someone else has got there first. We know by this time that the S and A's are well-behaved children, but they decide (unanimously) to charge at the tents. What did they think they were doing? It might have been an innocent family on holiday, who might have become upset. Was Susan OK with this? She and John and Nancy all know that the island does not belong to them, and it seems untypical behaviour.

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