The Enchanted Castle

by E. Nesbit | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: Global Overview for this book
Registered by bookworm76 of Chermside, Queensland Australia on 4/3/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by bookworm76 from Chermside, Queensland Australia on Thursday, April 03, 2008
A plot summary makes this story sound ordinary by children's literature standards: the summer adventures of four children who discover an enchanted castle and a magic ring. But Edith Nesbit's adored classic (written in 1907) is so much more than the description suggests. Right from the start, the author plays with the idea of magic, teasing us with a sleeping princess who turns out to be a fake. Elsewhere, the magic is "real" as can be--in fact, though written nearly 100 years ago, The Enchanted Castle prefigures the magical realism of modern novels in the matter-of-fact way it weaves the uncanny into the children's everyday life. And, while few authors are confident enough to parody bad writing, Nesbit does it hilariously (and ever so gently) through one character's tendency to "talk like a book": "'To brush his hair and his clothes... was to our hero but the work of a moment,' said Gerald." Things turn scary when the Ugly Wuglies, fake people made from painted cardboard masks, old clothes, and broomsticks, come to life. But on the whole this book about enchantment--much praised by such luminaries as H.G. Wells and Noel Coward--is, simply, enchanting. (from Amazon.com)

Journal Entry 2 by bookworm76 at Chermside, Queensland Australia on Friday, January 06, 2017

Released 2 yrs ago (1/6/2017 UTC) at Chermside, Queensland Australia

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Passed this on to someone else

Journal Entry 3 by wingAnonymousFinderwing at Brisbane, Queensland Australia on Saturday, January 07, 2017
was given this by a friend

Journal Entry 4 by Oldgirl58 at Chermside, Queensland Australia on Wednesday, July 18, 2018
Picked up

Journal Entry 5 by Oldgirl58 at Chermside, Queensland Australia on Thursday, July 19, 2018
Cute little read

Journal Entry 6 by Oldgirl58 at Chermside, Queensland Australia on Thursday, July 19, 2018

Released 1 yr ago (7/19/2018 UTC) at Chermside, Queensland Australia

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Will take to the next bookcrossing catch up. If not picked up will leave at the Brisbane Library

Journal Entry 7 by wingdiscoveryloverwing at Wellington City, Wellington Province New Zealand on Tuesday, November 13, 2018
This was wrapped up as a 'blind date with a book' at the Hobart Convention and I was intrigued enough to take it.

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