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KENNETH GRAHAME - THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Forget the cosy image. This book has probably the first instance of joyriding ever written! First published in 1908, the motor car was new on the scene, and the anti-hero of the book, TOAD, takes great delight in stealing the nearest available machine to go tearing through the countryside.
Like most of the classic children stories this book also appeals to adults. There's fun-filled adventures, fights, and a touch of philosophizing, and RATTY, MOLE and BADGER seem like wise old men compared to TOAD, although his disguising himself as a washerwoman to escape from prison shows a cunning mind.
TOAD is the most conceited of all the characters in children's literature. Unashamedly so. But lovable all the same. BADGER is wise, RATTY sensible, and MOLE the thoughtful one.
Take a trip down to the WILD WOOD.
- Paul Rance.
This Paul Rance article originally appeared in issue 5 of EASTERN RAINBOW, in 1996. More details about Eastern Rainbow here.
Richard Adams - Watership Down
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