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The Enchanted Places

3.8  ·  Rating Details ·  188 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews

These selected writings illuminate the shy, quiet son of the famous author, A. A. Milne, offering an intriguing portrait of a gifted man who chose to live simply, a choice that brought him satisfactionmore than could ever come from the empty fame of being the "real" Christopher Robin.

Mass Market Paperback, 2nd Penguin Reprint, 192 pages
Published January 26th 1978 by Harmondsworth Penguin (first published January 1st 1974)
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Dec 31, 2014 Rikke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How do you rate a book like this? How do you judge the literary qualities in another human beings memories? I really don't know. There doesn't seem to be any way to do this.

"The Enchanted Places" is a memoir written by the son of A. A. Milne, the real-life Christopher Robin, who didn't only inspire his father's childhood stories but actually lived them. The lines between real life and fiction blur in this memoir, as Christoper doesn't always seem to remember which parts of the Pooh-books were ac
Mark Flowers
Apr 19, 2010 Mark Flowers rated it it was amazing
An extraordinary book. I had read that Christopher Milne was bitter about being the "real life" Christopher Robin, but in this book he writes about his parents and his fractured fame with grace, wit, and generosity. Not at all a "behind the scenes" take on Winnie-the-pooh, but rather a multi-faceted meditation on a child's relationship with his father and with his works. Strongly recommended to anyone with even a passing interest in Winnie-the-pooh.
This is a mildly interesting but rather melancholy memoir by the real-life Christopher Robin, who was in the unusual position of being a little boy known by untold thousands of readers of Winnie-the-Pooh around the world, and yet also not being that boy. This situation made the usual challenges of adolescence a touch more intense, especially when young Christopher went off to boarding school ("Still saying your prayers, Christopher Robin?"). The book lacks organization -- each chapter is an essa ...more
Nov 16, 2014 Caren rated it really liked it
Shelves: adult-nonfiction
Recently, on BBC news, I saw a story about the real bear who inspired the Winnie the Pooh books. One hundred years ago, a Canadian lieutenant took his pet bear cub with him when he was deployed to England to fight in World War I. (That sounds a bit improbable, doesn't it? I suppose those were simpler times.) He had named the bear 'Winnipeg', after his hometown. When he went off to battle, he left the cub at the London Zoo where a certain Christopher Robin Milne loved to visit him. The child name ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Dulcie rated it it was amazing
Christopher Milne certainly inherited his father's gift for writing. In fact, I had to keep reminding myself that this was Christopher's voice and not his father's. This is a very honest, insightful look at his family, childhood, fame, and life in general. It's obvious that there was much love and happiness there and that he had great respect for his parents.
I am a sentimental twit, and no matter how many times I have read the origin of Winnie the Pooh & Co., I still get a thrill when Milne
May 02, 2012 Gill rated it liked it
Shelves: other, 2012
This book was a rambling series of vignettes of life in the Milne household and the difficulties and delights of growing up with a fictional twin with your name who is world-famous. There seemed to be more difficulties than delights as Christopher Robin was a child much happier out of the limelight who had it 'thrust upon him'.
It is exactly what it says it will be and has a ring of veracity and a poignancy - a feeling almost of a childhood restricted by his name, teen years cramped by the embar
Apr 15, 2011 Lauren rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: All fans of Pooh
When I was younger I was a huge fan of Winnie The Pooh. I had all the videos, teddies, everything, My room was plasted in Winnie The Pooh merchandice. It was only a week ago when I started researching A.A. Milne and actually discovered the books where based on his son. Or inspired. After more googling I found out that Christopher Robin Milne had wrote a few books based on being 'the real christopher robin.' I immediately ordered The Enchanted Places and finished it in 3 days. Milne talks about h ...more
Mar 17, 2016 Maya rated it it was amazing
Not only does this offer a fascinating glimpse into the life of a very famous boy and his equally famous silly old bear, it also offers an incredible insight into his arguably less famous author, playwright, poet (and father). The chapter entitled "Green Sweets" is a personal favorite. I love the descriptions of his father, "eating nostalgically." I also really enjoyed C. Milne's descriptions of the forest area around his home which inspired the fictional Hundred Acre Wood. You get a real sense ...more
Feb 04, 2015 Heather rated it liked it
I hadn't realized that this Milne had written some books as well. This is the first in a trilogy of memoirs written by the only child of A.A. Milne of Winnie-the-Pooh fame. I liked the way the chapters went tripping along through his childhood covering topics like his Nanny and their homes and gardens. He also spends time describing his upbringing and his parents relationship with each other and with him. I found it humorous and witty in many places even if he has grievances about the type of fa ...more
Jan 19, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
Beautiful evocation of a peaceful childhood-- I think this is the first one I have ever read about-- how lucky he was to have had one!
Oct 16, 2016 Janet rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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May 27, 2014 Monika rated it liked it
Puhh on lahe raamat ja kui tahate selle taustaloost rohkem teada, siis on see raamat just teile.
Kas teadsite, et Christoper Robini tegelaskuju aluseks oli autori oma poeg? Nii isa kui ka poeg said aastakümnete jooksul tohutul hulgal kirju, milles raamatu ja selle tegelaste kohta küsiti. Vastuseks kõigile vastamata jäänud arupärimistele kirjutaski Christopher Milne raamatu "Võlutud paigad".
Christoper sündis 1920. aastal, Inglismaal, keskklassi perekonda. Ajastule omaselt olid kodus kokk, teenija
Christopher Robin Milne writes to us from advanced adulthood and tells us about the little boy he was when his father wrote about him. He then tells us about his father and mother and the kind of life they had together. It is all strung together in a quiet, humble tone. Like taking a walk through the woods.

He had an idyllic kind of childhood which involved lots of wandering about out-of-doors in the Sussex countryside with his nanny and playing just like the little boy in the sweet stories. He w
Jul 28, 2015 Tim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: biography
Hoe ga je er mee om als je, naast een echt mens, ook nog eens een van de beroemdste personages uit de jeugdliteratuur bent?

Christopher Milne is een van de weinige mensen die zich bij het beantwoorden van deze vraag kan baseren op zijn eigen ervaringen. Behalve een echt jongetje van zes was hij ook Christopher Robin (in het Nederlands: Janneman Robinson), een personage uit de Winnie the Pooh verhalen.

'The Enchanted Places' is het eerste deel van een drieluik welke Christopher schreef over zijn le
Nov 21, 2012 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-books
Normally when I read autobiographies (or in this case listen to them) I do so because I am interested in that persons life, not because I like the way they are written. I find most autobiographies simplistic - I did this, then I did that, now I am doing this, blah blah blah.

This, was totally different!
First of all, I could see the similarity in writing style between Christopher and his father, A A Milnes work. It was easy to read (well listen to) but it was descriptive, flowing and engaging.

Jun 07, 2012 DanaMichelle rated it liked it
A lovely memoir from Christopher Milne- the real-er Christopher Robin. I read "In which, Search is organdized, and Piglet nearly meets the heffalump again" right after finishing "Enchanted Places," And suddenly I was envisioning the real little stuffed animals, the trees that Christopher was truthfully always having adventures in, Eeyore's saggy and dreary looking neck that got that way from being carried around so much, and maybe what Mr. Milne himself was thinking as he wrote the stories and t ...more
Frances Sawaya
May 03, 2016 Frances Sawaya rated it really liked it
Shelves: in-our-library
All my life I have loved the Milne books, stories as well as poetry so it was with a great deal of hesitation that I read this book soon after publication (probably during a winter vacation break). Some reviews in US journals had said that the "real" CR was bitter toward his parents and his upbringing; I was not eager to see any bubbles popped. It was obvious that he had many longterm issues about his childhood but it was also obvious that he learned much from his family, his bucolic life and hi ...more
Apr 20, 2011 Thebruce1314 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-gots
I have mixed feelings about recommenin this to fans of the Pooh books: while it is interesting to read of the real Christopher Robin's life as a child, I wouldn't want the author's bitterness to spoil anyone's love for the "silly old bear.". There are certainly some acid-tinged passages in the book, where Milne explains his feelings of frustration at incessantly being compared to his fictional counterpart. There are, however, also some mor charming instances where the author recalls happy days s ...more
Jennifer Palmer
Jun 12, 2015 Jennifer Palmer rated it really liked it
Interesting biography from the "real Christopher Robin". While it was rambling at times, and didn't necessarily address his thoughts on his fame as much as I had hoped, I enjoyed his style (similar to his father's, in many ways), the glimpses into his childhood, and insight into some of the background for the stories.

It's a worthwhile book to read and/or think about, too, for anyone who writes about their children today - be it on blogs or FB or as a freelance writer. Though Christopher doesn't
Dec 30, 2010 Academama rated it really liked it
Interesting portrait of the time. It's striking to read about how the middle-class and upper-class English raised their children: the parents hardly saw the children except at the "children's hour" (which was really more like a half hour in the evening). So Milne was basically raised by his excellent nanny. Especially in the context of his father as the author of "Winnie the Pooh." You're tempted to assume he was a great father, but really he didn't have the chance to try.
May 15, 2016 Beth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was an interesting insight into the private life of an amazing author. On a personal level I strongly related to Christopher in how he thinks and perceives the world. For some people, his writing may seem disconnected or scattered, but for me it flowed in the same haphazard way my thoughts do. My only regret is that I never got a chance to meet him.
Penni Russon
Apr 08, 2012 Penni Russon rated it really liked it
This is actually quite a different book from the one I expected to read. Long having heard that the "real" Christopher Robin was unhappy about the books and the impact they'd had on his life, I found this beautifully expressed memoir poignant, insightful and ultimately redemptive.
Apr 04, 2009 Martha rated it liked it
Never thought about it, but it wouldn't be nice at all to be A. A. Milne's son (Christopher Robin) and have your dad writing about all the cute things you said and did... especially after you're no longer a toddler.
Austen to Zafón
Poor Christopher. It must've been hard to live in his literary twin's shadow. Despite the hint of bitterness and melancholy, I enjoyed this memoir of the childhood of the real Christopher Robin.
Oct 20, 2012 Bobby rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's been a number of years since I read this, but I recall that I really liked it and found it fascinating to hear "Christopher Robin's viewpoint" on growing up with Winnie the Pooh.
Jade Webber
Feb 24, 2015 Jade Webber rated it it was amazing
Christopher Milnes has quickly become one of my favorite authors, his sensitive, introspective autobiography is a treasure.
I suggest the audio version read by their family friend, Peter Dennis.
Dec 06, 2009 christy rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bio
its not easy growing up the son of A A Milne and owner of winnie the pooh. especially when you are dressed like a girl & given a bowl haircut.
Oct 15, 2009 Elisa rated it it was amazing
The real Christopher Robin tells what it was like to grow up as the son of A.A. Milne, author of the Winnie the Pooh series.
Jul 15, 2011 Ali rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction
Quite interesting, but self-conscious and not brilliantly written. This is Christopher Robin's take on being the real Christopher Robin.
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