The Wind in the Willows: An Annotated Edition
Begun as a series of stories told by Kenneth Grahame to his six-year-old son, The Wind in the Willows has become one of the most beloved works of children’s literature ever written. It has been illustrated, famously, by E.H. Shepard and Arthur Rackham, and parts of it were dramatized by A.A. Milne as Toad of Toad Hall. A century after its initial publication it still ench...more
"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...more
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...more
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...more
[Night. Toad Hall, interior. STEPHEN FRY as TOAD and ORLANDO BLOOM as BADGER are in the middle of a wild melée 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 ca...more
But I j...more
To me Kenneth Grahame’s _The Wind in the Willows_ is a particularly fine novel. It’s a children’s story and normally that would get my back up. I’m generally not a big fan of children’s lit or YA, and to add to this I didn’t even read this book as a child and thus have the requisite rose-coloured glasses to lend credence to my love for the story. Somehow, however, this tale of th...more
--Frog on automobiles
What struck me most during this reading, which is my second as far as I recall, is that this just doesn't feel like a children's book in so many ways. The language is so rich. The descriptions, whether of characters or places, are so full. I find this better in some ways as...more
Today's books for children are sly rhymes, action and social engineering. Wind belongs to an older, more innocent time when even accomplished men such as Kenneth Grahmane, A. A. Milne and J. R. R. Tolkien invented stories for their children.
Stories which over the years became classics of literature.
Wind isn't a fairy tale so much as it's life told for those who will inherit it. Told by those who love the inheritors.
Even if you've rea...more
Following the resounding success of my Locus Quest, I faced a dilemma: which reading list to follow it up with? Variety is the spice of life, so I’ve decided to diversify and pursue six different lists simultaneously. This book falls into my BEDTIME STORIES list.
I have a little boy and love reading to him, so this reading list will cover the classic (and new) children’s stories we’re enjoying together.
The Wind in the Willows is a funny old book, isn’t it?
The adventures of Ratty, Mole and the...more
At first the kids stared blankly off into space as I read, as the words are bigger and more complex even than the ones I use with them (and more than a few people have taken notice of how "big" I speak to my kids). Even I had to read pages a second time to understand what exactly we were reading about. But once we got i...more
Perhaps it is the very Timelessness of the Tale that makes it so appealing.
I love the ambience; reminiscent of gentler times, unencumbered by the material frippery, with which we surround ourselves in this rapid and relentless 21st Century.
I never tire of reading the exquisite dialogue; check out the one about the door mat! Just thinking about Ratty and his love affair with the peaceful riverbank, makes me calm and flow!
Toad is infuriating with his fads an...more
Mole is described in such wonderful terms by the author, who notes his velvety fur (as well as his reserved nature). As a sh...more
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.
Hard to let go of a book like this especially when the illustrations so mirror the text.
Such lovable characters in humble Mole, caring and indulgent Ratty, and the daunting but fatherly Badger, except it is difficult to warm to the deceitful and conceited Toad whose transformation is scarely credible, but he supplies so much fun and absurd adventures that one wants to believe!!
The rest of the book is about friendship and shared moments, home and hearth, the urge to travel and the love an...more
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
What a wonderful tale!
Every character in this story is distinct, full of life, and their voices leap out of the page.
The scenes are simply beautiful. There's a dreaminess to the pacing that sets you back a hundred years or more when people in the Americas used to share their food and talk at great length with strangers.
One particular scene that stuck out to me was the one in which Rat and the Mole are search...more
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 more readily, being shaped only by the prejudices of adults. I assume most people would use that arg...more
I think it would make a fantastic read aloud book to a child as I can imagine putting voices to all the characters.
The Wind in the Willows book is a classic tale of animals and river li...more
I find the story just too jumpy. It doesn't flow well, with random stories being dropped into it. The one that comes to mind quickest is the tale about the missing child. That's just weird, has no connection to the rest of the book and is actually a little disturbing.
I quite like the characters of rat, mole...more
Then you watched The Sixth Sense (by yourself, after dark) so you can discuss it on a podcast.
And finally, you just know you're going to have nightmares and possibly be afraid of the dark if you wake up having to make that trip out of bed ... based on the last time you watched that darned movie.
What do you do?
What DO you do?
You pull out your trusty copy of The Wind in the Willows, that's what.
This gentle, imaginative tale...more
Kisah persahabatan 4 binatang, Ratty si tikus air, Molly si tikus darat, Troud si Katak dan Luak (gue lupa si luak ini punya nama siapa hehehe).
Mereka masing-masing punya kekurangan, persahabatan lah yang membuat mereka saling melengkapi satu sama lain. Menutupi kekurangan masing-masing dengan kelebihan yang dimiliki masing-masing.
Sesimpel itu lah sebuah persahabatan :)
a) Loves the Toad bits, finds the other chapters a bit dull
b) Can do without Toad, adores the rest
c) Finds the whole book a load of sentimental codswallop
I fall comfortably into category b) and am inclined to attack those foolish members of category c) with verbal abuse until they admit to the superiority of Mr. Grahame's prose over any other writer.
The great power of his writing, both in Wind and the Willows and his ot...more
The Wind in the Willows is a set of anthropomorphic stories that English author Kenneth Grahame wrote for his young son and published in 1908. The story begins when Mole, who lives in a hole in the English countryside, decides one fine day to come out of his underground lair to see a bit of the world. He’s amazed by all that he sees and soon he encounters and befriends a water rat who invites him to a picnic, takes him for a rid...more
aku suka :D
Persahabatan yang indah antara Tikus Air, Tikus Tanah, Berang-Berang, Katak, Luak. Lucu banget pokoknya.
Beli di PBJ kemaren. Luqman dan Mbak Endah asik bertukar pengalaman, aku gerasak gerusuk di stand Serambi. dan akhirnya salah satu pilihan jatuh ke buku ini. ^^
Ewh baru ngeh penerjemahnya Mbak Rini dan editornya Mbak Nana :D
Baca ini sambil ngebacain keponakanku...
Pusing juga dikasih pertanyaan bertubi-tubi.
Tante kok Katak bisa naik kuda?
Tante kok Katak bisa naik mobil?
Who could not read this beautiful book and not be influenced by the sheer imagery, the whimsical anthromorphising of Ratty, Mole, Badger and of course the petulant Toad!
Many modern readers have complained about the lengthy passages of description in older books, and this is true - most did "ramble" but the imagery in Wind is a work of fine art, capturing the illusive beauty of the wil...more
The edition I read was published by The Folio Society in 1995, with marvelous illustrations by James Lynch. It also contained an introduction by Alan Bennett, which, by itself, was worth the price of admission. Bennett defines a classic in the following terms: “A book everyone is assumed to have read and forgets if they have or not.” I’m in the same boat, but I suspect that my familiarity with the story is based on Disney than...more
It's the quietness, the relaxed n...more
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