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Journal 56

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Re: Journal 56

Postby Courtenay » 08 Jun 2015, 12:46

Nick wrote:Winter Holiday, despite the comments above, appeals with it's snowy setting. I wonder how it will compare to Kirrin in five Go Adventuring Again.


I haven't read it, but we can probably safely bet it won't involve sinister tutors and secret passages! :wink:

I can understand why Arthur Ransome isn't to everyone's taste. Like I said, I enjoyed Swallows and Amazons, but obviously wasn't seized by an immediate desire to read all the rest of the books, since I didn't (and still haven't).

You're definitely not a "literacy heathen" for not loving certain classics, Nick. I don't mind admitting that I wasn't too keen on Alice in Wonderland, have never yet been able to make it through The Wind in the Willows, and I think Harry Potter on the whole is terribly over-rated! :P But I figure, each to their own. There are even people out there who don't like Enid Blyton, after all. :wink:
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Re: Journal 56

Postby Fiona1986 » 08 Jun 2015, 13:43

Courtenay wrote: But I figure, each to their own. There are even people out there who don't like Enid Blyton, after all. :wink:


What? :shock: No?
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"Listen to its terrible groans and creaks!" yelled Julian, almost beside himself with impatience.


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Re: Journal 56

Postby Courtenay » 18 Jun 2015, 22:07

I recently posted a couple of copies of Journal 56 to my family in Australia, since they were interested to read the review I wrote for it, and I knew they'd enjoy the other articles as well. Mum's comment in an email to me: "Wow, I didn't think "grown up" people could have such a passion for Enid Blyton - I must admit I thought I was the only one." :D (I wish I could persuade her to subscribe, but somehow I doubt she will, especially with the overseas postage.)
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Re: Journal 56

Postby Anita Bensoussane » 18 Jun 2015, 22:26

I'm pleased your mum enjoyed the Journal, Courtenay. When I first got back into reading Enid Blyton as an adult, I too thought I was the only one. How wrong I was!
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Re: Journal 56

Postby Rob Houghton » 18 Jun 2015, 22:36

me too! Now I've come to realise there are potentially loads of people! I've leant a few Blyton books to three or four friends in their 50's and 60's and they all enjoy going back to their childhood. :-)
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Sing on, sing on, and when the sun is gone
I'll warm me with your echoes
through the night.'

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Re: Journal 56

Postby Poppy » 19 Jun 2015, 08:30

It's nice to know that your family enjoyed Journal, Courtenay! :D
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Re: Journal 56

Postby Chrissie777 » 20 Jun 2015, 00:39

Robert Houghton wrote:me too! Now I've come to realise there are potentially loads of people! I've leant a few Blyton books to three or four friends in their 50's and 60's and they all enjoy going back to their childhood. :-)


I wish I would know such nice people my age who used to read EB here in the US. I envy you! :mrgreen:
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Re: Journal 56

Postby Rob Houghton » 20 Jun 2015, 00:56

most times, when I mention I collect Enid Blyton books, people's expressions become wistful and a smile usually lights their face. It's always so good to see the effect her name has on people, especially those of 40+ :D
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Re: Journal 56

Postby Chrissie777 » 20 Jun 2015, 01:59

Robert Houghton wrote: It's always so good to see the effect her name has on people, especially those of 40+ :D


That's indeed lovely.
Opposite of our house an Indian family has moved in, very friendly people. In case we'll get to know them better, I might ask them if they grew up with EB. I think EB books were more well-known in India than over here in the US.
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Re: Journal 56

Postby Lenoir » 22 Jun 2015, 19:40

I took some books to donate to the charity shop and the woman behind the counter was very pleased when she saw there were some Enid Blytons (duplicates of mine) in the bundle! Seems there is always a demand for them and they sell quickly.
I can vouch for that as I've bought quite a few from that shop myself over the years!
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