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- Number of Pages: 192
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
L. M. Boston's thrilling and chilling tales of Green Knowe, a haunted manor deep in an overgrown garden inside the English countryside, happen to be entertaining readers for half a century. The spooky original illustrations have been retained, but dramatic new cover art by Brett Helquist (illustrator of A Series of Unfortunate Events) delivers the books a fresh, timeless appeal for today's readers. Now the youngsters of Green Knowe--both alive and ghostly--are back in appealing new editions.
This can be not an easy book, and therein lies its charm."His grandmother is quick to respond:"Very beautiful fairy-tale magic, but a horse that thinks exactly the identical thoughts that you do is like strong magic wine, a love philtre for boys. As young Toseland goes to reside with his grandmother in the family's ancestral home, the reader is plunged immediately into the world of Green Knowe. It's never quite clear exactly where true life leaves off and magic begins. L. M. Boston's classic is a sophisticated mood piece disguised as a children's ghost story."Toseland discovers a funny kind of grandmother awaiting him--one who speaks elliptically of the children and animals she keeps about the house: they might be memories, they might be ghosts. Like Toseland, who in fact rows as considerably as his new home in the midst of a flood, we have a tough time finding our bearings. Toseland admires a deer:"A deer seems a lot more magic than a horse.
With this meshing from the magical along with the real, Boston evokes a childlike planet of wonder. Toseland goes out on a snowy morning:"In front of him, the world was an unbroken dazzling cloud of crystal stars, except for the moat, which looked like a strip of night that had somehow sinned and had no stars in it. She compounds the impact by combining gorgeous photos and eerily evocative writing."The loosely plotted story is offered more resonance still via liberal use of biblical imagery and Anglo-Saxon mythology. --Claire Dederer For those ready to suspend their disbelief and read carefully, the world of Green Knowe delivers a wondrous escape.
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