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The Secret of the Old Clock by Carolyn Keene
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Sep 10, 2009

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Read in July, 2009

Why I Read This Book: To compare it to the first edition.

This was also a fun read. On the plus side, it doesn't meander as much--there's an exciting rescue scene on page 2!--and it's easier for me to keep track of the smaller cast of characters. Also the racism has been excised. On the minus side, the distinctive 1930s flavor is gone; the setting seems more generic. And, as noted in the Wikipedia article on Nancy Drew, this revised version "did not so much eliminate racial stereotypes, however, as eliminate non-white characters altogether." (For instance, the Topham caretaker is only described as "elderly".) Sigh.

It's still a fun book.

(Finished 2009-07-18 20:56:40 EDT)
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