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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  513 ratings  ·  85 reviews
The Enchanted Places
Mass Market Paperback, 2nd Penguin Reprint, 192 pages
Published January 26th 1978 by Harmondsworth Penguin (first published January 1st 1974)
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Jan 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Well, this is "basically" the memoirs of Christopher Robin as a grown-up in a collection of short and really pleasant little essays.

He is remembering and reconstructing his life as a child; trying to stay as objective as possible and trying to present himself / his parents / his dad objectively and independently of the Winnie-the-Pooh books while at the same time also presenting the effects they had on their lives.

It feels rather a bittersweet experience for him. While you can feel the love/resp
Dec 29, 2014 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
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
Mark Flowers
Apr 13, 2010 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.
Nov 16, 2014 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 02, 2016 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 spea
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
As preparation to seeing Christopher Robin with the family, I finally took this down and read it in one evening.

Christopher Milne writes in an easy and simple style, making it an easy book to dash through.

Apologising to readers and the general public for not returning letters, this book is offered up like an explanation or publicity statement.

Christopher Milne explains his name ('Billy Moon'), his early life, home and nannies. What he doesn't overly address is his father's motivation in creating
Apr 14, 2011 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
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
Hester Maree
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Christopher Milne was born in 1920 and is the boy in the Winnie the Pooh books written by his father. In this memoir he tells of his happy childhood on their farm (which becomes the fifty acre wood in the stories), where he was raised by a nanny he loved and two parents who loved him, but who seemed, somehow, detached from him.
Although the pace of this book is slow the descriptions of the farm and Christopher’s relationships with his parents is absorbing. I found it odd that his author father ad
Jan 19, 2015 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
Jan 09, 2015 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 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!
Dec 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction
Inspired by the film, 'Goodbye, Christopher Robin', my last research paper for my first semester of postgrad classes has been an analysis of the ways in which real children are utilized for the promotion of cultural products. Christopher Milne was perhaps the poster child for such an analysis, and thankfully had been a writer in his later years. He wrote lyrically, stories of his own memories and childhood, from his own perspective. Though not as vehement as some interviews and journalists have ...more
Apr 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Though I did not until an adult read Winnie The Pooh I enjoyed it very much. This book, written by the author's son, is every bit as enchanting. May we never forget 'those enchanted places' (either in physical reality or within us) where the past is always present.
It’s not the book, it’s me! I read about 20 pages before deciding I didn’t actually *want* to read about the real inspirations behind the Pooh stories and sort out what was/wasn’t true to life. Just a personal preference though, I’m certain this would be completely fascinating to other Pooh fans.
Katrina Zartman
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you enjoy children's literature from the early 20th century and like things British, you might enjoy this book. The real Christopher Robin Milne shares reflections on his childhood. I can't say it was exceptional or exciting, but it was interesting. I haven't seen the new movie, so I can't say how it compares.
Nov 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
"The Enchanted Places" by Christopher Milne was a wonderful memoir. I almost wrote "by Christopher Robin Milne." And, his name is indeed Christopher Robin, the same as the character in Winnie-the-Pooh because Milne was the model for the fictional boy. This had an effect on the life of Milne for good and bad, and in his memoir he follows the twist and turns of his relationship with his parents and that boy who was the friend of Pooh.
F.J. Commelin
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography
As it was the first book published in Holland about Christopher (translated in dutch), which came to my notice, i did really like it.
Carol Sorensen
May 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
A set of reflections from Christopher Milne. It seems rather sad to me that he spent his life having to manage people's expectations of him, just because his father exploited him for gain when he was a small child. There is a lesson here for all parents.

His description of the details and intimacy of his childhood household are quite interesting.
Penni Russon
Apr 07, 2012 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.
Jun 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: biography
What a devastating book. Turns out Christopher Robin was not a happy-go-lucky child.
'...the observer, lurking in the shadows of our dining-room...'

'He and I and the ghost of Ken...'
J Layne
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I became interested in reading this after watching the newly released movie Goodbye Christopher Robin and learning of the bullying at school the young CR endured because of the association with his father's books. He felt his childhood was stolen from him and became estranged from his parents as an adult. He was forbidden to attend his mother's funeral. He owned a small bookstore in England, and I’m sure he had to have sold his father’s books, so he must have come to some kind of resolution abou ...more
Dianne Oliver
Dec 04, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
3.5 Mr Milne writes beautifully, and thoughtfully. Unlike other reviewers, I did not feel at all like this detracted from his father's writings, though he clearly had to struggle with his legacy. He had a good way of summarizing his family and home life as he remembered it, but it felt a bit harsh at times, especially towards his not so bright mother, and his unintended rival, Christopher. I think some of the trouble might just be good old fashioned English stoicism that he is at odds with. He d ...more
Kris Dersch
This was really lovely. I'm glad I read his father's autobiography first since I did plan to read them both, it helped put this into context, but for someone, as it were, looking for Pooh, this is the better book. He talks about talents being hereditary, well, he inherited a way with words. Not only did this take you to the real home of Pooh and friends, it also took you inside the relationship between this boy and his famous and very nuanced father and into the world of what it's like to be shy ...more
I’ve had this on my bookcase for ages, but finally got round to reading it after watching the film Goodbye Christopher Robin last weekend. It’s a slight, episodic, impressionistic book (the author describes it as ‘a photograph album, a collection of snapshots’), but it provides a fascinating insight into the childhood of the real Christopher Robin, his parents, the Sussex landscape that provided the backdrop for the Winnie the Pooh books, and, most strikingly, his intense attachment to his nurse ...more
Sam Smith
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Christopher adopted the simple story-telling style of his father, and much of it a continuation of [unspoken?] arguments with his father. More than an autobiography, as much an apologia - for having hated being Christopher Robin - as well as being the process whereby he reconciled himself to becoming Christopher Milne. Could see why the Christopher of the Dartmouth bookshop was so keen, as a new literary agent, to take on my novel 'Constant Change', its lonesome central character as well as part ...more
Jane Irish Nelson
Memoir by Christopher Robin Milne, the inspiration for his father's stories and poems about Christopher Robin and Winnie-the-Pooh. Somehow, I found this a little disappointing and also somewhat disjointed. The author explains that his parents had hoped for a daughter, and had not chosen a name for a son. His early upbringing was mostly by his nanny, with short daily visits to his parents — the norm for upper class families of the time. He never really explains how his father came up with the ide ...more
Mar 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting read from Christopher Milne, describing his kid and teenage years, as the protagonist of the Winnie the Pooh stories. There's a lot of background on how the stories came to be, explanations of what was based on his life and what was invented by his dad. Also ends with a small epilogue that describes a bit more the impact those stories had on his life. It reads very truthful, and I am grateful he wrote this book, especially considering some of the downsides of 'being Christopher Robin ...more
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