Se tribe s amazing multi level tree home riding magical horses Dodging Sinister Silent Airplanes sinister silent airplanes appearances by strong minded girl cousins Herne the Hunter cathedral bell ringers and Stalwart a former heavyweight boxerEleven year ld me would have been enchanted with all the period detail would have giddily given it four stars Old Buddy old me says eh it s a threechokengtitiktitikchokengsThis is book 2f Masefield s decent chap rich The Space Child's Mother Goose orphan Kay Harker two volume series I skipped book 1 because it was too Lemony Snickety for me YMMVSample uoteIn the busy market place there werepen air booths selling all manner f matters FOR CHRISTMAS CHIEFLY WOOLLEN MUFFLERS NAILED BOOTS CLOTH CAPS Christmas chiefly woollen mufflers nailed boots cloth caps s gloves and the twenty eight pound cheeses known as Tatchester Double Stones hedger s gloves were thick leather mittens Must do a reread f this before christmas A wonderful book What a vivid imagination The text is a little bit dated in places but still a very enjoyable read The BBC adaptation The Greatest Survival Stories Ever Told: Seventeen Incredible Tales of the book is very faithful to what the author set down and well worth watching if you ever get thepportunity It features a very young looking James Grout Superintendent Strange from the Inspector Morse television series We love this book and would rate it ne f the best childrens books Cómo ligar con esa chica que tanto te gusta y a la que le gusta otro of all time Written in beautiful and poetic language it evokes a magic rarely found I feel the first seven chapters are excellent after this there are some bits that feel a slog and there are some discussions between Abner and his staff that gon to the extent that now we have read it so many times I leave some bits Death Threat out Obviously a publisher these days would also pointut that the ending should be changed This aside there are some chapters that really stand ut The scene were Cole escapes through a painting and the description f the amazing christmas party are wonderful and could be read independently from the story We love the 1930s language and how Kay comes back from school for the holidays having picked up some awful slang such as asking his guardian to lend him some tin as he doesn t have a tosser to his kick Interesting that given it was written in the 30s the author describes a plane that could take f vertically and we wonder what parallels the author might draw if he were alive today between the box f delights and a modern machine such as a tablet r 3DS We have a 1968 edition not pictured n goodreads that has a beautiful cover in a very 60s style in dusky pink yellow and Porter Rockwell: A Biography olive greenunfortunately this last read was too much for the book and the cover fellff but we have framed it in honour Satire of this book Lovely to escape to a magical time the perfect Christmas read John Masefield poet laureatef the UK from 1930 till his death in 1967 is perhaps best known for his poem Sea Fever I must go down to the seas again to the lonely sea and the sky He was also however Deflower the Boss onef the finest and most influential writers Hebrew magic amulets of children s books I first read The Boxf Delights in Kenya when I was about ten When I went to the States for college I was horrified to find that no ne had heard f it and that the Being There only available edition had been butchered by an abridger who had somehow managed to trimut all the most marvelous and magical parts Happily New York Review Books recently came هذه بلادنا: الجواء out with unabridged versionsf both The Box Buddha's Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom of Delights and its precursor The Midnight Folk It now seems to be finding some sortf readership in the USThe Box f Delights was first published in 1935 and achieved immediate success in Britain where it is viewed with the same reverence as A Christmas Carol It follows the adventures f Kay who meets Cole Hawlings a traveling Punch and Judy man at a train station Hawlings has a magical box which is coveted by a gang f criminals disguised as clergy Knowing he ll soon be scrobbled by the gang Hawling gives the box to Kay who gets into adventuresAmong the supporting cast f characters Maria Kay s gun toting cousin stands Witness to the Martyrdom: John Taylor's Personal Account of the Last Days of the Prophet Joseph Smith out I shall shoot and I shall shock as long as my name s Maria as does Sylvia Daisy Pouncer Kay s former governess The novel is delightfully illustrated by MasefieldThree years after The Boxf Delights came ut TH White published The Sword in the Stone which was to become the foundation f The Once and Future King Certain sections f White s book we much to Masefield s including the parts where the Wart turns into various animals In 1948 CS Lewis published the first f the Narnia books Lewis revered The Box f Delights The beauties all the delights that keep The War at Home: One Family's Fight Against PTSD on emerging from the box are so exuisite and uite unlike anything I have seen elsewhere and The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe in partic. X with which he can travel through time But Kay is in danger Abner Brown will stop at nothing to get his handsn it The police don't believe Kay so when his family and the Bishop are scrobbled up just before Christmas he knows he must act alone John Masefield’s classic children’s. It starts well with some very atmospheric
Scenes The the men n the train and Hawkins magic show are particularly good as are the trips to the fort but as it goes n it has become very repetitive and convoluted How many times do we have to have Kay go small to spy n Abner talking to himself in exposition to reveal endless details f the non existent plotStylistically it s dated with Enid Blyton y dialogue The magic seems barely thought ut and apart from a few good moments at the start is pretty mundane The writing f the action ending is really Bad And You Barely Get and you barely get sense Ten Thousand Goddam Cattle: A History of the American Cowboy in Song, Story and Verse of real geographyr concrete uality to it The deus ex machina has nothing to do with the main story Set Theory, Logic and Their Limitations or plot and the boy hero is basically a witness to events that do not reuire any actionn his part Also The way the police and grown ups behave in response to the children going missing is totally unbelievable and though you might get away with it nce afterall grownups in kids books are always a little clueless The fact everyone reacts this way as multiple characters are kidnapped in suspicious circumstances starts to stretch my credulity to the limit I see that Frank Cotrell Boyce is currently writing a film adaptation I have fond memories f the TV version and I imagine either would be preferable to this very dated book It seems that many ther reviewers had not read The Midnight Folk first yet jumped into this its seuel They seemed confused and seem to think that it is because they are reading a seuel I can tell you it is not because you are reading a seuel Midnight Folk has virtually no back story n this except a recycled villain but simply because the book is uite confusing There is SO much in this book that I m surprised editors didn t catch and go hang The Stringbean Murders on a minute etc Sometimes something is mentioned such as a window beingpen a The Box أساطير شعبية من قلب جزيرة العرب: الجزء الرابع of Delights 1935 by John Masefield is a miracle and a masterpiecef magical literature I admit to getting lost in the narrative I was completely absorbed in Kay Harker s adventures The actual box Stricken (Asphalt Cowboys, of delights allows the holder to travel uickr small The Sporty Game or both the depictionf magical and enchanted journeys held me enthralled We encounter Herne the Hunter the Lady American Yakuza II of the Oak Tree lions unicorns and talking animals There are kidnappings chases robberies and great escapes I set the book aside reluctantly and came back to it with great anticipation The evil Abner Brown and his henchmen were indeed creepy and sinister really uite scary The final chapter had me in tears I just wanted to be there literally experiencing the joy and wonder Now I must read The Midnight Folk by the same author The Wolves are RunningThat phrase was the best partf this book for me It stated immediate evil and drew me in plus it kept me going when nothing else made sense This John Masefield tale is a Christmas favourite for many and seems to have influenced the Narnia saga I would also dare to say that it has some elements that may have influenced the Harry Potter stories as well such as the young hero railway stations snow filled villages hot drinks and magicAlas when it was first read to me as a child in an Aussie school I just didn t get it But then I didn t like listening to the CS Lewis stories either so maybe I was Inventions That Changed the World: Working Wonders onef those Wolves To give Mr Masefield the full benefit Love Onboard: Cupid's Caribbean Cruise of the doubt I purchased the nicely bound New York Review edition hoping for illumination But while I gained a little bit appreciation I remain under whelmed by it allYoung Kay still drove me crazy and I never knew when he was speaking tothers Vertical Mind: Psychological Approaches for Optimal Rock Climbing or muttering to himself This edition thankfully explains somef those issues by explaining that Masefield s Blood Love original manuscript had never been corrected until now which explains myriginal childhood bias Long story short the first publication f this book left several passages ut which the NYR edition fixes Time and Tide and Buttered Eggs wait for no manSummation f my personal viewSTARFALL Loss f ne star for driving me crazy how did Peter suddenly appear at the end lack f structure and the sudden endingSTAR RISE Addition f ne star for imagination just as a child would think pagan memories and untouched slang f the 1930sEvens itself utBook Season Winter happy is that happy makes Poet John Masefield s 1935 British Empire era fantasy finds twelve year DIY, Dammit!: A Practical Guide to Curse-Free Crafting old Kay Harker home from his boarding school just in time to help a magicalld Punch and Judy showman At least that seems to be what happens The plot s pretty convoluted But the images Masefield conjures up are gorgeous UK stained glass artist Tamsin Abbott s gorgeous panel f Masefield s She Oak Tree Adventures include getting tiny to tour a mou. ‘Two f the greatest children’s books ever written’ – The Times n Box f Delights and The Midnight Folk'And now Master Harker now that the Wolves are Running perhaps you could do something to stop their Bite' A magical Civil rights, tool of communist deception old man has asked Kay to protect the Boxf Delights a Bo. ,
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Magic Christmas Two OfChristmas Two f children are even named Peter and Susan Several sections f The Magician s Nephew are also indebted to the children are even named Peter and Susan Several sections Cutthroat of The Magician s Nephew are also indebted to Boxf Delights But the book that pays the most An Eastern Orthodox Response to Evangelical Claims overt homage is probably Susan Cooper s The Dark Is Rising The Christmas theme a boy meeting strange people with bright eyes who wear unusual rings and the scenes with Herne the Hunter are all heavily inspired by the earlier novelIf the novels by White Lewis and Cooper had comeut today there would probably be a media furor and lawsuits The Claiming of the Shrew once people realized the similarities with The Boxf Delights So the book is also a lovely reminder Summoned of a innocent time when writers were free to be inspired and free to purloin scenes and characters and turn them to theirwn uses in trying to recreate a bit f magic Today in What the Hell Did I Just Read we bring you this book Highly recommended considered a classic a Christmas story for the ages according to sources I used to trust And beautifully reprinted by the NYPL with the riginal illustrations this bookworm s crack How how HOW could I go wrong in reading this to my kids the week following Christmas Well for starters I had to stop every page and explain what the heck was going n Aside from the ld fashioned language and British terms there are also references to the Roman Baghdad, Mon Amour: A Journey of Exile and Return occupationf Britain the Bronze Age King Arthur and various f his knights classic Punch and Judy shows Herne the Hunter Anglican church administrative procedure great alchemists f the past Alexander the Great and the fall f Troy All things that the modern child is just so totally familiar with that there is no need for any sort f explanation Our young hero Kay would wake up to find himself helping people with flint spears defend themselves against wild animals being kidnapped from the last hours The Taste of Spruce Gum of Troy by 18th century piratesr traveling through a magic wood with the Wild Hunt all using excessively poetic language thus leading me to have to stop and explain parts f Roman fortifications geographic formations and pre steel weaponry Further confusion arose from the fact that this is apparently the second book about Kay and Co and so the big reveal f the villain left us baffled as did references to their previous adventure Young Maria Jones Kay s friend who is about ten years She Stoops to Conquer old is armed with actual pistols that she took from the villains in the previous book Yes that s right there is an armed child who is considered spunky for literally threatening to shoot everyone who irritates her She s kidnapped by the way and they all just sortf go well what a pity she didn t have her pistols with her but I m sure she ll be fine Various Slow Getting Up: A Story of NFL Survival from the Bottom of the Pile other people are kidnapped with the same lackf reaction from almost everyone Then there s Kay People Orb offer Kay money mysterious and fabulous giftspportunities to time travel and experience magical events and speak The Dandy and Lady Penelope of him and to him as though he is the Kingf England No reason is given for this He does not appear to be nobility particularly smart r particularly good looking He lives in a manor house has an endless supply f funds and his Multi-Family Therapy only guardian is the beautiful Caroline Louisa Where are his parents Who is Caroline Louisa At first I thought she was his sister but she s like a nanny I guess He s apparently so wonderful that all he needs in the wayf guardianship is a beautiful young woman to cater to his every whim Basically the entire book was bizarre I feel like the author just sort National Geographic Field Guide to the Birds of North America, 7th Edition of chucked a bunchf ideas and scenes nto the page and decided to run with it whether they made sense f not Many f the scenes are funny r dramatic and uite fascinating but then they ll just end A History of Prophecy in Israel, Revised and Enlarged or segue into a completely different scene Manyf the scenes are simply baffling For instance there s an extended seuence when trying to hide from some villains Kay and his friends shrink themselves down and hide in a mouse hole which is cool and makes sense But most Think good thoughts about a pussycat of the chapter involves the mouse giving them a detailed tourf his hollow tree and its various rooms like some sort One, Two, Three Me ofvereager realtor When the tour is done the bad guys are gone and they walk home without incident I suspect that at ne point Masefield s editor just said I can t figure ut if this is an actual rat who talks Sex and Lust in Tijuana: True Sex Stories of the Tjamigos or a man named Rat so screw it Then he went to lunch and never came back My kids and I were eager to finish not because they cared at all about the ending but because they wanted it to bever with My daughter age 8 was also convinced that the epilogue would tie it all together and it would suddenly make sense When we got to the final line she yelled ut Are you kidding me No sadly. Book is considered to be ne Tea for Ruby of the great worksf modern children’s fiction Magical fantastical and filled with vivid rich characters – brought to life in this edition by uentin Blake’s stunning artwork – The Box f Delights and The Midnight Folk are a must read for any chil.