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VEGEMITE: CHILD ABUSE DOWN UNDER

 
 
Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 06:18 am
Please, thank you very much, allatime i very much want to know what is western breakfast.

As a lad, i read The Borrowers, The Borrowers Afield, The Borrowers Afloat and The Borrowers Aloft. Don't recall if that is the correct order. Sadly, while i was overseas in the Army, my grandmother donated those books, along with many others, to the small town library in the town in which i was raised. (Not really a problem, though, it was a decent thing to do.) So, i've never had the opportunity to re-read them. I always enjoyed the illustrations which came in the set of books we had.

No peanut butter, vegemite or Diggers in Borrowers that i recall.
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 06:35 am
@Setanta,
There's a "new" one!!!


The Borrowers Avenged


I got an omnibus edition, because I loved them do much, and mine were thrown out by my father. Accidentally, I hasten to add!

The best are the first and second, in my view. But dammit, I love them all!





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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 06:54 am
I loved one and two best, also. I recall both the passage and the illustration when the Lilliputians attacked the evil humans in the second book.

A "new" one? How new? I recall reading those in the late 1950s or early 1960s.
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 07:28 am
Here's an illustration of the style that i just loved as a boy (i had the devil's own time find one of this style--apparently there was a motion picture, and when you search google images, that's mostly what you get):

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2032/2540181727_79725d7be5.jpg
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 07:49 am
@Setanta,
I had different illustrations, and didn't like those at all!

i had these:
http://busstop.typepad.com/.a/6a00d8341cafa853ef010536caf004970c-400wi
http://www.tbpcontrol.co.uk/TWS/CoverImages_01/014/036/014036451X.jpg

dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 07:55 am
@dlowan,
http://www.tbpcontrol.co.uk/TWS/CoverImages_01/014/036/014036451X.jpg
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Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 08:11 am
I like that 1950s style of the illustrations we had--and i've always liked pen & ink line drawings.
dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 08:19 am
@Setanta,
We like what we first associate a loved book with, generally speaking.

I can't stand any but the Tenniel Alice drawings, for instance.
Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 08:40 am
@dlowan,
While i agree that usually, familiarity guides our taste, the Alice example contradicts that in my case. Our first Alice had modern illustrations, but the Tenniel illustrations are far superior. (And, of course, i prefer the pen & ink drawings.)
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sozobe
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 08:50 am
@dlowan,
I had the Tenniel Alice drawings first, and then an (adult) friend who knew I loved Alice in Wonderland gave me a series of the Arthur Rackham illustrations, mounted to hang on the wall. They offended me. (I was maybe 10.) That's not Alice!

But they really grew on me and began my interest in Arthur Rackham, who's one of my very favorite illustrators. Though his Alice series is not my favorite -- he does better goblin-y things.
Setanta
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 09:00 am
@sozobe,
Oh, definitely, Arthur Rackham rules! (And Maxfield Parrish in the United States.) We had an abridged Caxton's Death of Arthur illustrated by Rackahm, as well as Robinson Crusoe and Treasure Island--those definitely created my vision ot the world's of those novels. But the one i loved best was an edition of A Christmas Carol illustrated by Rackham. I'll bet i read that 20 or 30 times--i would read it when i was still very young several times a year, and later on, at least in season. The book eventually, literally fell apart.
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dlowan
 
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Reply Fri 26 Feb, 2010 07:27 pm
@sozobe,
Just looked at the Rackhams, and they're great.

They express the terror of the damned book well for me!

But I don't think they're superior...just differently good.

I think Tenniel's caterpillar, for instance, is MUCH better:

Tenniel
http://www.victorianweb.org/art/illustration/tenniel/alice/5.1.jpg


Rackham
http://www.exit109.com/~dnn/alice/rackham/rack5.jpg

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