- Audio CD: 4 pages
- Publisher: Hushion House; Unabridged edition (Nov. 1 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1593160623
- ISBN-13: 978-1593160623
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2.6 x 15.5 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
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- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,109,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The River at Green Knowe Audio CD – Unabridged, Nov 1 2005
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Green Knowe still exerts its magic for the right children - but to those who encountered it in The Children of Green Knowe and Treasure of Green Knowe it comes as something of a frustration not to find Tolly and his great-grandmother and summer adventures of three sensitive youngsters, Ida, whose aunt had rented the house for the summer, and two DP children, a Polish lad and a boy from the Orient, take the reader into the magic of the waiting river, the islands, the ancient manor house, the old hermit, who had once been a bus driver, and the good natured giant who was bored with hiding out and wanted to be a clown in a circus. Ida's aunt was an anthropologist- and giants of the past were her passion, but when the children kept their dreams to themselves. Fantasy and realism in exotic blend in a book which may prove a bit too sophisticatedly English for some American children. (Kirkus Reviews)
"Outstanding and imaginative." (School Library Journal) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
About the Author
LUCY MARIA BOSTON (1892-1990) purchased a ramshackle manor house near Cambridge, England, in 1935, which over a period of two years she lovingly restored. That house inspired her, at the age of sixty-two, to take pen in hand to create the beloved Green Knowe series.
Peter Boston is a published author and an illustrator of children's books. Some of the published credits of Peter Boston include The Stones of Green Knowe, Strategic Organizational Diagnosis and Design: The Dynamics of Fit (Information and Organization Design Series), Treasure of Green Knowe. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Thus "The River at Green Knowe" is definitely moving in a different direction from the previous books, and continues with Boston's decision to set most of the scenes upon the river, as Ida, Oskar and Ping explore the flooded areas and the islands around the ancient house, often meeting strangers who are just as Displaced as they are. The adventures that they experience are dreamy and mysterious within the shrouded waters and woodlands, and one is never quite sure whether they are dreams or reality save that all three of them experience them.
These exertions are also different from Tolly's adventures in that they are more magical experiences rather than ghostly, and therefore need readers to suspend disbelief a little further. The fact that the children's experiences are all quite separated from each other and episodic also makes them a tad uneven. Some are based more on naturalistic themes, such as an overgrown river-side house, witnessing a pagan-festival in a time-travelling moment and meeting a busman who wandered into the woods and decided to remain there always, whilst others are of the extraordinary type: an island of winged horses, a giant who doesn't know what laughter is but eventually joins the circus, and one of the children shrinking down to mouse-size. Needless to say, Boston's style is suited best to the more natural occurences that just border on the supernatural. To me at least, the others come across as a little *too* odd.
However, there is a theme that hasn't been addressed before that pushes through: that of adult disbelief in Green Knowe's magic. Beforehand, all strange events were simply taken in their stride by Tolly and Grandmother Oldknow, whilst here Boston explores the idea of grown-ups not being able to see what the children can. Green Knowe is contrasted against the reality of adult ignorance, whether it be through a frightened, confused message in a bottle, or through Boston's first two comic figures Maud Biggin and Sybilla Bun, who cannot see the truth in front of them even when they've been searching for it.
It all goes hand in hand with Oskar's comments on thoughts being real, and Terak telling the children he is so big that no one sees him. Boston weaves these ideas through her narrative with ease, and as always her poetic language is utterly beautiful. I don't think Oskar or Ida were quite as well defined as Tolly or as Ping becomes in later books, which is a shame as they had the potential to be fascinating - and they don't appear in any later books. However, keep a look out for a dark figure examining the the house that *does*.
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