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Fairly interesting critique of Blyton's most popular works. Hardly gave enough credit to the genius of the Faraway Tree (I love you, Saucepan Man!), Chinky and the Wishing Chair, the Things of Adventure, etc etc etc. The only positive thing he seemed to come up with about Enid Blyton was her pragmatism and fast-typing fingers. He even suggested she curtailed children's imaginations with her simplistic stories! Hardly. I believed in fairies for far too embarrassingly long for my imagination to ...more
Not a good source to use on its own. Mainly derivative of Barbara Stoney's biography, "Enid Blyton", and Sheila Ray's "The Blyton Phenomenon". Plenty of quotes from both books, as well as Blyton's works. However, if you have not read both sources above, it is a good work that integrates both pivotal sources. He critiques Ray's work, but does not really add anything new. In fact, I would say that apart from the 'Noddy' section (Chapter 5), and the colourful illustrations, to give it a miss. A ...more
Enid Blyton is one of my favourite childhood authors and I thought it might be interesting to learn more about her and what her inspirations were in her books. I was quite surprised to learn that she blamed her mother for her parent's divorce and did not ever see her mother again, not even to attend her funeral! Enid Blyton's works were heavily criticized by critics, not only because of the racist depictions (gollywog dolls) but also because of her simplistic language and supposedly ...more