Mount Readmore Book Review, 2017 39/100
The Wind in the Willows By Kenneth Grahame
Audiobook Edition, narrated by Michael Hordern
Finished on 4/22/2017
Genres: English Fairy Tale, Fantasy, Children
A day in the life of four English forest animals.
I’ve been meaning to read this book for years, ever since I read the biography of Diana Wynne Jones and she mentioned that this book was highly influential for her. When the audiobook version of it was free on Audible last month, I ‘bought’ it. I am highly satisfied with that financial decision.
‘The Wind in the Willows’ is an ~century old English children’s story, about Toad, Badger, Mole and Ratty. It’s a period piece, featuring automobiles as the hot-new-tech and horse and buggy as old and boring. This is firmly set in England, with refrences to Kitchener and the queen. I found it to be highly enjoyable.
Plot: Shenanigans. Lots and lots of forest animal shenanigans.
Characterization: None of the characters are realistic, but all of them have distinct character traits. For example Toad is an Upper Class Twit who has the attention span of a six year old on crack. The characters aren’t realistically human, but they’re not human so who cares?
This was a fast, easy read for me (an adult). For a child this would probably take a week or more as in paper it’s 256pages.
Audiobook notes: The audiobook version had music and sound effects. I was skeptical at first, but it really paid off. It was a fantastic production.