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Book Title: Five Go Adventuring Again|
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 3.46 MB
v The author of the book: Enid Blyton
Edition: Hodder Children's Books
Date of issue: 2001
ISBN 13: 9780340796153
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Read full description of the books Five Go Adventuring Again:I read about a dozen of the Famous Five books when I was a kid but I never really looked at the list of titles in the back to appreciate that in fact there were about two dozen of them and I had a random scattering of the titles.
This is book number 2 and I'd not read it before this week when I read it to my daughter, Celyn. Being only the 2nd volume it's one where some of the basic 'mythology' of the series is established.
Uncle Quentin's important "scientific work" is highlighted in this one. The book was written during the second world war and although the men who are trying to steal Uncle Quentin's SECRET FORMULA aren't identified as German spies ... that's who they are. Similarly, when they're hauled off at the end there's no hint that they were probably shot a week later!
Enid Blyton wrote a vast number of books (~800) and she must have written most of them in the space of a few weeks. She also appears to know rather little about history, science, mechanics etc and it shows - but only to adults who find themselves reading the books.
SOME SPOILERS here:
The book revolves around the theft of Uncle Quentin's papers and unmasking the thief. There's really only one possible suspect and it's a bit disappointing that it turns out to be him. I guess the matter was sealed at the very start when we're directed to the fact he has thin lips ... "like most cruel people" (not an exact quote).
The other central issue is that of the Secret Way - which is a secret tunnel that for no apparent reason joins Kirrin Cottage to Kirrin Farm. It seems to be a vast and pointless feat of engineering. It doesn't even have smuggling potential.
The secret of the Secret Path which becomes secretly crucial in the secret theft of the secret papers is, for some reason, written in Latin ... although the tunnel seems to only be a couple of hundred years old. Against reason (as in Lara Croft films) all the old mechanisms still work and not only unlock secret doors but helpfully move (and replace) slabs of stone etc.
The Secret Way is described as being dug through sandy soil ... which boggles the mind ... and the children encounter cave-ins along the length of it, meaning that their exploration of it is actually mind-bendingly fool-hardy.
Timmy is deployed in his usual Swiss Army knife dog mode, capable of almost any feat and able to down his enemies without actually ripping large chunks out of them.
Anyway, the baddies are defeated (hoorah!) and the children save the day.
I did like the bit where the Christmas tree was decorated with candles that were then lit! I suppose if you're going to live like that then digging your way through collapsing sand tunnels is par for the course!
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Read information about the author(See also her pen name Mary Pollock)
Born in 1897 in South London, Enid Mary Blyton was the eldest of three children, and showed an early interest in music and reading. She was educated at St. Christopher's School, Beckenham, and - having decided not to pursue her music - at Ipswich High School, where she trained as a kindergarten teacher. She taught for five years before her 1924 marriage to editor Hugh Pollock, with whom she had two daughters. This marriage ended in divorce, and Blyton remarried in 1943, to surgeon Kenneth Fraser Darrell Waters. She died in 1968, one year after her second husband.
Enid Blyton was a prolific author of children's books, who penned an estimated 800 books over about 40 years. Her stories were often either children's adventure and mystery stories, or fantasies involving magic. Notable series include: The Famous Five, The Secret Seven, The Five Find-Outers, Noddy, The Wishing Chair, Mallory Towers, and St. Clare's.
According to the Index Translationum, Blyton was the fifth most popular author in the world in 2007, coming after Lenin but ahead of Shakespeare.
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