Wind in the Willows

Wind in the Willows

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These audio editions, especially dramatised for BBC Radio, are of timeless stories that have enchanted generations of readers both young and old. The wonder and excitement of these much-loved tales live on in these acclaimed full-cast dramatisations, complete with evocative music and sound effects. The story of Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad's escapades, from messing about on the river to poop-pooping in Toad's shiny new car, was vividly brought to life in Alan Bennett's stage adaptation at the National Theatre in 1990, which captured the imagination of a new generation, and introduced many to Kenneth Grahame's classic book for the first time. This BBC Radio 4 full-cast recording features many of the members of the National Theatre production - among them Richard Briers, Leslie Phillips and Terence Rigby - and is narrated by Alan Bennett himself.

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Product details

  • CD-Audio | 1 pages
  • 124 x 142 x 10mm | 100g
  • BBC Audio A Division Of Random House
  • BBC Physical Audio
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 1846071178
  • 9781846071171
  • 22,824

Review Text

Does The Wind in the Willows need an annotated edition? Suggesting that Grahame's prose, "encrusted with the patina of age and affect," has become an obstacle to full appreciation of the work, Lerer offers the text with running disquisitions in the margins on now-archaic words and phrases, Edwardian social mores and a rich array of literary references from Aesop to Gilbert and Sullivan. Occasionally he goes over the top - making, for instance, frequent references alongside Toad's supposed mental breakdown to passages from Kraft-Ebing's writings on clinical insanity - and, as in his controversial Children's Literature, a Reader's History from Aesop to Harry Potter (2008), displays a narcissistic streak: "This new edition brings The Wind in the Willows...into the ambit of contemporary scholarship and criticism on children's literature..." Still, the commentary will make enlightening reading for parents or other adults who think that there's nothing in the story for them - and a closing essay on (among other topics) the links between Ernest Shepard's art for this and for Winnie the Pooh makes an intriguing lagniappe. (selective resource list) (Literary analysis. Adult/professional) (Kirkus Reviews)

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About Kenneth Grahame

Kenneth Grahame was born in 1859. He went to school in Oxford before starting work at the Bank of England. His stories and essays were initially published in periodicals such as the "Yellow Book "and then collected together as "Pagan Papers." This was followed by "The Golden Age" and "Dream Days." Kenneth Grahame died in July, 1932.

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