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  • 197 pages
  • The Wind in the Willows
  • Kenneth Grahame
  • English
  • 23 February 2015

10 thoughts on “The Wind in the Willows

  1. says:

    Trying to review The Wind in the Willows is a strange undertaking In the introduction to my copy A A Milne wroteOne can argue over the merits of most books one does not argue about The Wind in the Willows The young man gives it to the girl with whom he is in love and if she does not like it he asks her to return his letters The old man tries it on his nephew and alters his will accordingly When you sit down to read it don't be so ridiculous as to suppose you are sitting in judgment on my taste or on the art of Kenneth Grahame You are merely sitting in judgment on yourself You may be worthy; I don't know But it is you who are on trialMilne's comments may seem overly grave especially to those familiar with Grahame's lighthearted whimsical occasionally mystical story of Mole and Water Rat's genteel life on the bank of the River and the adventures of the incorrigible and ridiculous and highly entertaining Mr Toad wanton son of worthier sires but look here if you love the story you are clearly on the side of the Hobbits indeed if you want to know what life in the Shire is like I can't think of a better book to refer you to; and if you dislike it you may be an Orc at heart seducable like Toad away from uiet contemplative enjoyment of this sometimes slow book by the flash and boom of technological gimmickry You might be the kind of person who prefers to run on an electric treadmill or rubber sports track than hike a nature trailAnd if you are I hope you have friends as stubbornly loyal as Mole Water Rat and Badger who will stick by you in spite of yourself until you come around

  2. says:

    So fun and whimsical

  3. says:

    An Edwardian children's book that ends with the reimposition by force of the traditional suirearchical social order on the upstart lower orders as represented by Weasels Stoats and FerretsIt is a through introduction to traditional British conservatism of the Country Life rather than the Economist variety for children with a side order of mild paganism As such is an unwitting counterpoint to The Ragged Trousered PhilanthropistsAs with How to Read Donald Duck once you look at it and shrug off the view that it is just a children's book then the values on show are not so nice What is it that readers are asked to feel nostalgia for? This was published in 1908 before Lloyd George prepared his People's Budget in 190910 before The Parliament Act of 1911 and at the same time as women were agitating for the vote There are the book's Weasels Stoats and Ferrets so take up your cudgel to uphold Merrie Olde England and our ancestral rights to under occupied manor houses and the freedom to behave with some reckless abandonAlternatively we have the nostalgia of The Leisure Class our heroes are people who don't have to work who are so different from ordinary people that they don't even have to be human any and who can indulge themselves as they see fit save for the inexplicable unreasonableness of the lawUltimately it is what is as we all are in this particular case a homoerotic fantasy in which all the men and boys can go off and live an upper middle class life as animals by the river banks without having to deal with the conseuences of that decision the women will still be prepared to do the washing and the ironing apparently and indeed woe betide the creature that tries to interrupt this way of life The only duty is to one another infringement of privilege punishable by violence For all its emphasis on nature and the river it is a very inward looking book It is a closed off world the industrial urban society with a market economy is literally populated by a different species There are few things uite as curious and peculiar as the stories people would like children to delight in

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    I feel like I have been in a bit of a reading slump lately It is not that I am reading a whole lot less I am just not REALLY enjoying the time that I am reading It might be that the whole family is in back to school mode so schedules have changed Or maybe just the general ups and downs of life will occasionally put me in a “low interest in reading” category All of this just to say that The Wind in The Willows is another victim of my “reading is meh” stateWhen I first started this I tried to read it to my kids every night I figured since it was written for a younger crowd and I found it in the kid’s books section at the library it might be perfect for them I recently read The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe to them and they loved it So this would be the next best step right? Nope they were not interested at all We sat down for about 10 nights straight trying to read this and they uickly lost interest loudly exclaiming “I’m bored” after a few pages Around 40 or 50 pages in I finally gave upThen I went on to reading it on my own Maybe my experience was tainted by my disgruntled children but I was not getting much excited about it than they did Every time I read it I had to force myself to refocus as my mind was wandering Now this is not a complicated book so the fact that I was losing touch with the content was definitely a red flag And I think another thing about it that was frustrating was that most of the book is really long run on sentences with lots of commas You might think that doesn’t make a difference but it is uite taxing on the brain when sentence after sentence goes on and on without a break I kept wanted to yell “yes yes I get it You can stop now”For many this is a classic If it was released now I am not sure if it would be met with the same excitement The story is kind of silly which is okay as it is for kids But since it didn’t keep my kids interested it must not be the right kind of silly I need to look into the background of this story as I am sure that the anthropomorphic woodland creatures interacting with humans in a normal fashion must be an allegory for something Or maybe it all doesn’t mean anything Either way I am glad it is finally done and on the bright side of things I can check another classic off the list

  5. says:

    This book was written in 1908 when the world was being shaken by the newly self confident masses Women were propagandising for the vote; the Irish were demanding Home Rule; the Trade Unions were showing their strength Socialism theatened A spectre was haunting Europe and particularly England Wind in the Willows is an elegant parable about class struggle about the dangers of decadant country house living in the face of powerful revolutionary forces There are maybe four generations in the story There is the young man Ratty a gentle sort of chap who spends his time messing about in boats He is joined by the younger less experienced Mole Mole may even be petty bourgeois but he proves himself to be stout hearted for all that Mr Toad however has come into his inheritance and lives in his country house Toad is an irresponsible figure taking up foolish hobbies of which in the story the most fateful is the motor car The older man is Badger and it is he that casts cold water on this irresponsibility But where is all this irresponsiblity going to lead? Outside this cosy comfortable setting lie the dangerous forces in the Wild Wood Mr Toad besotted by his motor car is arrested and sent to gaol His defences down his house is uickly occupied by the weasles and stoats who live in the Wild Wood To the rescue comes Mr Badger who is wise enough to see that if Toad is to regain his valuable property he must forsake idleness and frivolity and stand up to the people of the Wild Wood So the band of gentlemanly heroes take up arms and re establish the shaken social order We shall creep out uietly into the butler's pantry cried the Toad with our pistols and swords and sticks shouted the Rat and rush in upon them said the Badger and whack 'em and whack 'em and whack 'em cried the Toad in ecstasy This is then a cautionary tale a warning to the propertied classes to take up if necessary arms against the lower classes and to stop living lives of decadent indolence

  6. says:

    Some of the best children’s classics have started with an adult inventing stories to tell to a child “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland” “Winnie the Pooh” “Peter Pan” and even “Watership Down” all began this way as did many others The Wind in the Willows is another such Like them it is a novel which can be read on many levels and arguably has a hidden subtext And like some others its writing was prompted by a family tragedyKenneth Grahame had already established himself as a talented writer and had considerable literary success in the 1890s He regularly published stories in literary magazines These stories about a family of parentless children were collected in one volume called “The Golden Age” in 1895 He followed this up in 1898 with “Dream Days” a seuel which was even successful and established him as a writer with a special insight into childhood “Dream Days” itself included another children’s story “The Reluctant Dragon” Throughout his career he had published children’s books and a memoir of childhood He was successful and well known well before The Wind In The Willows was even thought ofKenneth Grahame had a child of his own Alastair to whom he felt very close He used to tell his son fanciful stories about wild animals who lived by the nearby river and in the “Wild Wood” When Alastair was about four years old Kenneth Grahame would tell “Mouse” his nickname for Alastair bedtime stories about a toad And whenever the two were apart his father would write tales about Toad Mole Ratty and Badger in letters to his young son AlastairKenneth Grahame’s own childhood at this age however was far from rosy He had been born in 1859 in Edinburgh His father was aristocratic; a failed lawyer who loved poetry—but who loved vintage claret even The drinking became worse when Kenneth Grahame’s mother Bessie died soon after she had given birth to his brother Roland Kenneth was just 5 when he and his three siblings went to live with their grandmother There they lived in a spacious but dilapidated home with huge grounds by the river Thames and were introduced to the riverside and boating by their uncle who was a curateWe can clearly see echoes of his childhood in The Wind in the Willows His grandmother’s decrepit house “The Mount” has transmogrified into the huge mansion “Toad Hall” and the book is redolent with riverside and boating scenes Kenneth Grahame was forced to move to and fro between the two adults when the chimney of the house collapsed one Christmas and shortly afterwards their father tried to overcome his drinking problem and took the children back to live with him in Argyll Scotland This brief sojourn only lasted a year before they all returned to their grandmother where Kenneth lived until he went to an Independent school in Oxford Whilst there he had the freedom to explore the old city as well as the upper reaches of the River Thames and the nearby countryside All this comes into The Wind in the WillowsThe young Kenneth did well at school and dreamed of going to university He was actually offered a place at the prestigious Oxford University and was set for high academic honours but it was not to be The family finances had dwindled so much that his father wanted him go into a profession straight from school Kenneth Grahame was therefore forced straight into work at the Bank of England and duly worked there for thirty years gradually rising through the ranks to become its Secretary In 1908 the year The Wind in the Willows was published he took early retirementAs a young man in his 20s Kenneth Grahame was a contemporary and friend of Oscar Wilde Although married and having a home in Berkshire during the week he shared a London home with the painter and theatre set designer Walford Graham Robertson Both were very involved with the gay community whose leading light at the time was Oscar Wilde Another connection with the gay community was through Constance Smedley a family friend who helped with the publication of The Wind in the Willows A year later she was to marry the artist Maxwell Armfield who himself was gayIt seems very possible that Kenneth Grahame was gay despite having a wife and child This was a time when homosexual acts were still illegal The novel can be read as having a gay subtext and passages such as the description of the ancient Greek god of the wild Pan are uite sensuous with descriptions of his “rippling muscles” One academic Professor Hunt the emeritus professor in English and children’s literature at Cardiff University suggests that the works were manifestations of a life which Kenneth Grahame longed for Whether this is conscious or not it is noticeably “a story of maleness and male companionship” with hardly a female in sight The only exceptions are the washerwoman the barge woman and the jailer’s daughter All of these are secondary characters and perhaps even significantly they are human not animalIt is the animals in this story who are the well nuanced fully developed characters; the humans are merely stock types who fill some of the minor roles Yes Badger is the wise teacher mentor or parent figure and one who is looked to for leadership but he has his own uirky faults His speech is described as “common”; he excitedly want to get his “grub” food And amusingly both Rat and Mole end up very confused as Badger insists “I want to learn ’em not teach ’em” when they are discussing teaching view spoilerthe stoats and weasels hide spoiler

  7. says:

    PART TWO OF PETER JACKSON'S THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS CONCLUSION Night Toad Hall interior STEPHEN FRY as TOAD and ORLANDO BLOOM as BADGER are in the middle of a wild melée with numerous STOATS and WEASELSBADGER It's no good Toad There's too many of them With a blow of his cudgel he knocks a WEASEL into the open fireTOAD We can hold them off Badger old chap EVANGELINE LILLY as a HOT BADGER BABE crashes through the window and lands next to themBADGER Choked with emotion You came backHOT BADGER BABE Badger For a moment they just look at each other A STOAT tries to take advantage of their inattention to sneak up on them from behind but TOAD grabs a carving knife from the dining table and wittily disembowels himBADGER Thanks Toad TWO MORE STOATS have meanwhile advanced on TOAD BADGER amusingly decapitates them with a single blow of his cudgelTOAD Nice work Badger Dissolve to the pantry where MARTIN FREEMAN as MOLE is frantically mixing something in a large bowl assisted by ELIJAH WOOD as RATTYMOLE Okay that's the sugar Now we need some fertilizerRATTY Will this horse shit do?MOLE It'll have to He dumps it into the bowl pours in the contents of a bottle then accidentally drops everything on the floorRATTY Oh dear A deafening explosion Clouds of smoke cover everything then we see letters superimposed on them saying PART THREE COMING NEXT CHRISTMASA REPRESENTATIVE OF THE ESTATE OF KENNETH GRAHAME What have we done?

  8. says:

    A genuinely refreshing little romp through tunnels pastures Zen is something that's somehow very surprisingly reached This is the ultimate impression the reader is left with Outstanding engaging and fun than Aesop's menagerie it moralizes vaguely on fidelity the value of friendships associations The final sentence even addresses finally the main target audience the 'lil tykes and treasured ones; and even sustains with the theory that looks may be deceiving the Badger is ultimately not the savage beast you may've erroneously predictedSure it is rife with discrepancies a world where humans speak animal animals speak human The aid of humans is I will admit KAhYYute There is wisdom in this far surpassing anything in Disney's imaginarium The animals begin to hear a single string a musical undertone this drives their natures and certainly seals their fates Which are you? Adventurous Toad? Impressionable Mole? Generous Badger? otter? fox? washer woman? little girl remember womenfolk don't enter the tale until half way the story? or do you simply presume to know it all omnipresent and wise as the wind?okay so obviously the Disney version DOES exist although did the ride outright disappear from the Anaheim theme park? I'm not stupid But really the book is a longer journey in the literary tradition of Thoreau and not instantaneous and vapid and bumpy like the ride But DID YOU KNOW?? You CAN read Kenneth Grahame's entire novel waiting in line for Mr Toad's Wild Ride If it still exists

  9. says:

    This is one of those books I want to love; I REALLY really want to love this book I've read so many essays by book lovers who have fond childhood memories of being read this by their father or who ushered in spring each year by taking this book to a grassy field and reading this in the first warm breezes of May I want to find the tea and boating and wooded English countryside to be slow yet sonoriously comforting like a Bach cello suite or a warm cup of cider on a cool April night But I just find it tediously boring I've tried it three times and after about twelve pages I sigh put it down and pick up something else Perhaps my father needed to have read it to me when I was young

  10. says:

    They don't write books like The Wind in the Willows any Today's books for children are sly rhymes action and social engineering Wind belongs to an older innocent time when even accomplished men such as Kenneth Grahame A A Milne and J R R Tolkien invented stories for their children Stories which over the years became classics of literature Wind isn't a fairy tale so much as it's life told for those who will inherit it Told by those who love the inheritorsEven if you've read it before—especially if you've seen Disney's Bowlderized revision—read it again Pause along the way to consider the world Grahmane portrays This is England; this is childhood; this is life as we remember it or wish it was

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The Wind in the Willows[PDF / EPUB] The Wind in the Willows “Believe me my young friend there is nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”—the Water Rat to the MoleAn instant bestseller upon its initial pub “Believe me my young friend there is in the PDF/EPUB ç nothing—absolutely nothing—half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats”—the Water Rat to the MoleAn instant bestseller upon its initial publication in The Wind in the Willows has become one of the beloved stories of all time How could Ratty and Mole have known when they took to the river The Wind ePUB Ñ over one hundred years ago that they would begin a phenomenon that would produce one of the most oft uoted lines in British literature and inspire everyone from the creator of Winnie the Pooh to Pink Floyd Drawing from than a decade of research Annie Gauger one of the world’s leading experts on Kenneth Grahame and The Wind in the Willows Wind in the PDF/EPUB Á now presents a fascinating new annotated edition that reintroduces readers to Otter curmudgeonly Badger and rollicking boastful Toad while revealing the secrets behind this treasured classicIn The Annotated Wind in the Willows readers will discover the sheer joy of the original text restored to the original version illustrated with hundreds of full color images—including the beloved drawings by E H Shepard and Arthur Rackham This edition also includes Shepard’s famous map of the Wild Wood and rarely seen images by illustrators Graham Robertson Paul Bransom Nancy Barnhart and Wyndham PayneIn an illuminating preface Gauger explains how Grahame came to write the novel which began as a bedtime story and then became a series of letters he wrote to his son Alastair This edition reproduces the original letters in their entirety and includes nearly a thousand delightful annotations on everything from automobiles Toad drove an Armstrong Hardcastle Special Eight and early motorcar etiuette to modern manifestations Disneyland’s Mr Toad’s Wild Ride She reveals how William John Cavendish Bentinck Scott the peculiar Fifth Duke of Portland built an extensive network of underground tunnels thus inspiring the character of Badger and she puts Grahame’s work in literary context comparing him to Dickens Rudyard Kipling A A Milne and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Finally new to this edition long buried in the Kenneth Grahame papers are the notes letters and writings by Alastair Grahame and his governess including several pieces by Kenneth Grahame himself that have never been published beforeWith a stunning lyrical tribute to Grahame by Brian Jacues the internationally best selling author of the Redwall series The Annotated Wind in the Willows should prove a most beautiful and enduring tribute to Grahame’s masterpiece.