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The Voyage of QV66

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None of the animals had ever seen anything quite like Stanley before. He looked like People, who lived in England before the water came, only his body was small and covered with fur. And he had ideas- brilliant ones- about where they came from and how they could change their lives.

But Stanley didn't know what kind of animal he was. "It's no fun," he said, "being one of a k
Published (first published 1978)
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Very charming and quirky, but quite unlike the rest of what I've read by Penelope Lively. Some animals in a flooded, post-human world find a boat and travel across England trying to find out what sort of animal one of them is. There's a very strong feeling of 1970s English children's literature about this, I'm not sure what it is exactly but it reminds me a great deal of some other books of the period in some not entirely definable way, but I think it's partly the post-apocalyptic landscape ...more
May 13, 2012 Rachel rated it really liked it
In a post-apocalyptic world devoid of humans, 7 talking animals unite for a quest to London where they wish to discover the identity of one of their friends. On the way, they meet quite a few interesting animals and exciting adventures. This is an adorable book appropriate for pre-pubescent children, with a reading level of perhaps a 10 year old. It is also quite enjoyable for adults who like children’s lit. I wish it were still in print!
Jan 25, 2008 Sue rated it liked it
The scenario is a world where all the humans have left due to massive flooding. Six diverse animals become friendly and decide to take a trip to London. An interesting idea and quite thought-provoking, with hints of 'Animal Farm' in places. Enjoyable.
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Стилът със сигурност беше много приятен, оставам с добри впечатления от Пенелъпи Лайвли, но сякаш не бях в настроение за детски книги точно сега :-)
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I must have read this book at least two hundred times when I was a child. Still one of the best books I've ever read.
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Penelope Lively CBE (born March 17, 1933) is a prolific, popular and critically acclaimed author of fiction for both children and adults. She has been shortlisted three times for the Booker Prize, winning once for Moon Tiger in 1987.

Born in Cairo in 1933, she spent her early childhood in Egypt, before being sent to boarding school in England at the age of twelve. She read Modern History at St Anne
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