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Book Title: Last Term at Malory Towers|
The author of the book: Enid Blyton
Edition: Egmont Books (UK)
Date of issue: April 3rd 2006
ISBN 13: 9781405224086
Format files: PDF
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I've spent the last few days rereading my copies of Enid Blyton's Malory Towers series. Unfortunately I only have the third, fifth and sixth, but I am now determined to get my hands on the other three and read them obsessively. I love them for a few of reasons, which I shall enumerate here:
1. They bring back so many memories, primarily of the days when I actually read the damn things (when I was about six to eight years old). At the time I was living in England, where people actually did say "you'd jolly well better not do that again!", where it seemed not only possible, but likely, that fairies lived down the bottom of the garden, where an adventure and a mystery was just waiting around every corner, and where life was so full of simple wonder.
2. It's just so GOOD! Good as in everyone is good and kind and perfect, except for the people who aren't. It's totally black and white, and the baddies always either get their commeuppance or admit their faults and are reformed, the goodies are always recognised and loved, the ending is always happy and OH MY GOD I LOVE ENID BLYTON. Example:
"Sometimes hard things are good for us,' said Miss Grayling, and Miss Peters nodded. After all, the girls didn't come to Malory Towers only to learn lessons in class - they came to learn other things too - to be just and fair, generous, brave, kind. Perhaps those things were even more important than the lessons!"
3. The moment when Darrel steps out onto the stage to rapturous applause at the end of the pantomime which she wrote has remained in my subconscious for years as the ultimate image of success and happiness. I know that while Enid might have difficulty moving us to tears or making us ponder the deeper existentialist dilemmas, this is what she does brilliantly - portraying the glorious happiness that comes from the act of living life to the fullest.
This is also pretty hilarious, it has to be said. I won't deny that this has something to do with my enjoyment.
Kids these days don't read her, I've noticed. Perhaps even 'in my day' - gosh, that makes me sound old - they didn't. But I lived within miles of the house where darling Enid lived, and I was a sweet, innocent, happy child to whom the idea of gallivanting around in secret passages and tackling 'rogues' and playing lacrosse was ridiculously appealing, and for whatever reason I read and loved those books for so many years.
Then, all of a sudden, I went off them. This was because it abruptly dawned on me that the prose is crazy. Commonly used words include: 'super' as in 'oh super! Lacrosse game tomorrow!', 'rotten' as in 'rotten breakfasts they have here!', 'wizard' as in 'that's a wizard drawing, Belinda!', and many other wonderful examples that I noticed at the time but have now slipped my mind. Not to mention the overabundance of explanation marks, as evidenced by my thoughtfully chosen examples.
No matter. I am having a wonderful, nostalgic trip to the past and I am eternally grateful to Enid Blyton, because it was basically her (and Roald Dahl) who introduced me to reading, and it's really great. You should totally try it.
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Read information about the authorEnid Mary Blyton (1897 - 1968) was an English author of children's books.
Born in South London, 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.
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.
AKA Ένιντ Μπλάιτον (Greek).
See also her pen name Mary Pollock
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