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The Enchanted Places by Christopher Milne
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May 02, 12

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Read from April 24 to May 01, 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 embarassment of teasing at school and adulthood feeling he was not living up to people's expectations of him.
There are rueful & wistful moments, some humour and some deft line sketches in words and emotions evoked of his parents and what made them the people they were, particularly his father. There is also an insight into the loss felt by children raised by a nanny who then leaves when they go away to school. It must be like losing a very close parent or friend. I never envy people who 'inherit' fame, and this book confirms my feelings about the difficulties faced by the children of famous parents.
A rather sad book in a way, although the author does not wallow in pity, but comes over as balanced and light in his touch.
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Molly Carr It's perfectly true that this book does rather jump about a bit, but it's so refreshing to read proper prose. Elusive instead of baldly presented facts - so that the reader can occasionally feel clever too!


Gill Very true.


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