The Wind in the Willows

The Wind in the WillowsSince Its First Publication In 1908, Generations Of Adults And Children Have Cherished Kenneth Grahame S Classic, The Wind In The Willows For In This Entrancing, Lyrical World Of Gurgling Rivers And Whispering Reeds Live Four Of The Wisest, Wittiest, Noblest, And Most Lovable Creatures In All Literature Rat, Mole, Badger, And Toad Of Toad Hall Like True Adventurers, They Glory In Life S Simplest Pleasures And Natural Wonders But It Is Toad, Cocky And Irrepressible In His Goggles And Overcoat, Whose Passion For Motorcars Represents The Free And Fearless Spirit In All Of Us Just As It S Toad S Downfall That Inspires The Others To Test Grahame S Most Precious Theme The Miracle Of Loyalty And Friendship From The Paperback Edition. Trying to review The Wind in the Willows is a strange undertaking In the introduction to my copy, A A Milne wrote One can argue over the merits of most books one does not argue about The Wind in the Willows The young man gives it to the girl with whom he is in love, and if she does not like it, he asks her to return his letters The old man tries it on his nephew, and alters his will accordingly When you sit down to read it, don t be so ridiculous as to suppose you are sitting in judgment on my taste, or on the art of Kenneth Grahame You are merely sitting in judgment on yourself You may be worthy I don t know But it is you who are on trial Milne s comments may seem overly grave, especially to those familiar with Grahame s lighthearted, whimsical, occasionally mystical, story of Mole and Water Rat s genteel life on the bank of the River and the adventures of the incorrigible and ridiculous and highly entertaining Mr Toad, wanton son of worthier sires, but look here if you love the story, you are clearly on the side of the Hobbits indeed, if you want to know what life in the Shire is like, I can t think of a better book to refer you to and if you dislike it, you may be an Orc at heart seducable, like Toad, away from quiet contemplative enjoyment of this sometimes slow book by the flash and boom of technological gimmickry You might be the kind of person who prefers to run on an electric treadmill or rubber sports trac
So fun and whimsical An Edwardian children s book that ends with the reimposition by force of the traditional squirearchical social order on the upstart lower orders as represented by Weasels, Stoats and Ferrets.It is a through introduction to traditional British conservatism, of the Country Life rather than the Economist variety, for children with a side order of mild paganism As such is an unwitting counterpoint to The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists.As with How to Read Donald Duck, once you look at it and shrug off the view that it is just a children s book then the values on show are not so nice What is it that readers are asked to feel nostalgia for This was published in 1908, before Lloyd George prepared his The People s Budget in 1909 10, before The Parliament Act of 1911 and at the same time as women were agitating for the vote There are the book s Weasels, Stoats and Ferrets so take up your cudgel to uphold Merrie Olde England and our ancestral rights to under occupied manor houses and the freedom to behave with some reckless abandon Alternatively we have the nostalgia of The Leisure Class, our heroes are people who don t have to work, who are so different from ordinary people that they don t even have to be human any and who can indulge themse
This book was written in 1908, when the world was being shaken by the newly self confident masses Women were propagandising for the vote the Irish were demanding Home Rule the Trade Unions were showing their strength Socialism theatened A spectre was haunting Europe, and particularly England Wind in the Willows is an elegant parable about class struggle, about the dangers of decadant country house living in the face of powerful revolutionary forces There are maybe four generations in the story There is the young man Ratty, a gentle sort of chap who spends his time messing about in boats He is joined by the younger, less experienced Mole Mole may even be petty bourgeois, but he proves himself to be stout hearted for all that Mr Toad, however, has come into his inheritance, and lives in his country house Toad is an irresponsible figure, taking up foolish hobbies of which, in the story, the most fateful is the motor car The older man is Badger, and it is he that casts cold water on this irresponsibility But where is all this irresponsiblity going to lead Outside this cosy comfortable s
PART TWO OF PETER JACKSON S THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS CONCLUSION Night Toad Hall, interior STEPHEN FRY as TOAD and ORLANDO BLOOM as BADGER are in the middle of a wild mel e with numerous STOATS and WEASELS BADGER It s no good, Toad There s too many of them With a blow of his cudgel, he knocks a WEASEL into the open fire TOAD We can hold them off, Badger old chap EVANGELINE LILLY as a HOT BADGER BABE crashes through the window and lands next to them BADGER Choked with emotion You came back.HOT BADGER BABE Badger For a moment, they just look at each other A STOAT tries to take advantage of their inattention to sneak up on them from behind, but TOAD grabs a carving knife from the dining table and wittily disembowels him BADGER Thanks, Toad TWO MORE STOATS have meanwhile advanced on TOAD BADGER amusingly decapitates them with a single blow of his cudgel TOAD Nice work, Badger Dissolve to the pantry, where MARTIN FREEMAN as MOLE is frantically mixing something in a large bowl, assisted by ELIJAH WOOD as RATTY MOLE Okay, that s the sugar Now we need some fertilizer.RATTY Will this horse shit do MOLE It ll have to He dumps it into the bowl, pours in the contents of a bottle, then accidentally drops everything on the floor RATTY Oh dear A deafening explosion Clouds of smoke cover everything, then we see letters superimposed on them saying PART THREE COMING NEXT CHRISTMAS A REP
Some of the best children s classics have started with an adult inventing stories to tell to a child Alice s Adventures in Wonderland , Winnie the Pooh , Peter Pan and even Watership Down all began this way, as did many others The Wind in the Willows is another such Like them, it is a novel which can be read on many levels, and arguably has a hidden subtext And like some others, its writing was prompted by a family tragedy.Kenneth Grahame had already established himself as a talented writer, and had considerable literary success in the 1890s He regularly published stories in literary magazines These stories about a family of parentless children, were collected in one volume called The Golden Age in 1895 He followed this up in 1898 with Dream Days , a sequel, which was even successful, and established him as a writer with a special insight into childhood Dream Days itself included another children s story, The Reluctant Dragon Throughout his care
A genuinely refreshing little romp through tunnels pastures Zen is something that s somehow very surprisingly reached This is the ultimate impression the reader is left with.Outstanding, engaging and fun than Aesop s menagerie, it moralizes vaguely on fidelity, the value of friendships associations The final sentence even addresses finally the main target audience the lil tykes and treasured ones and even sustains with the theory that looks may be deceiving the Badger is ultimately not the savage beast you may ve erroneously predicted.Sure, it is rife with discrepancies a world where humans speak animal animals speak human The aid of humans is, I will admit KAhYYute There is wisdom in this, far surpassing anything in Disney s imaginarium The animals begin to hear a single string, a musical undertone, this drives their natures and certainly seals their fates Which are you Adventurous Toad Impressionable Mole Generous Badger otter fox washer woman little girl remember, womenfolk don t enter the tale until half way the story or do you simply presume to know it all, omnipresent, and wise as the wind okay, so obviously the Disney version DOES exist although, did the ride outright disappear from the Anaheim theme park I m not stupid But really the book is a longer journey, in t
I feel like I am the only person in the universe to not get this book Perhaps I am not really human, but rather a troll or some other such hard hearted creature I suppose my main issue with this book is that I couldn t quite understand the world that Mr Grahame created Pithy words of wisdom on What It Means To Be A Child tell us that children don t have preconceptions and thus accept things readily, being shaped only by the prejudices of adults I assume most people would use that argument against what I am about to say, to wit, that this book makes no sense The Wind in the Willows wobbles along the line between fantasy and realistic fable On one hand, there are talking animals On the other hand, there are humans, railroads, motor cars, and jails Sometimes the animals just live their lives along the riverbank or in the woods, doing very animalish things like migrating and storing up food for the winter and so forth, and sometimes they steal motorcars and insult the police and get tossed in the clink for 20 years That last one is Toad, by the way, whom I found to be absolutely insufferable Also, somehow Toad has hair, which I don t understand at all IS HE A TOAD OR A MAN Are humans and animals the same size in this universe Toad somehow manages to sneak around disguised as a human washerwoman, but is manhandled as
This is one of those books I want to love I REALLY, really want to love this book I ve read so many essays by book lovers who have fond, childhood memories of being read this by their father, or who ushered in spring each year by taking this book to a grassy field and reading this in the first warm breezes of May I want to find the tea and boating and wooded English countrysid
Lavishly described meandering adventures of the mild nature The Wind in the Willows has an intrinsically English flavor The characters are happy to live their ordinary lives with only a hint of interest in the wider world Too strong of an adventurous spiritedness is considered uncouth Such hearty frivolity as Toad s is frowned upon to the utmost Unfortunately this goes for the author, too Kenneth Grahame s plots are not terribly gripping due to their lack of depth He seems pleased rather to spend the time describing a pleasant boating holiday down the river If it wasn t for the scenes with the Wonderful Toad, the Fantastic Toad there would be very little excitement indeed.However, it is the bond of friendship and the love of homely

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  • Hardcover
  • 256 pages
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • Kenneth Grahame
  • English
  • 04 September 2018
  • 9780679418023