Also, it will talk about a character standing up, and I'll search the last few pages trying to find when it was they actually sat down! I finally got round to reading the book in the run up to Christmas to try and capture the same feel but it didn't reach quite the same heights. The series is a fantasy adventure about a schoolboy who is entrusted with a magical box which allows him to time travel and shapeshift to protect the box from an evil magician. The old Punch And Judy Man gives the box to Kay and Kay must use it to rescue the Punch And Judy man as well as assorted cousins and a entire cathedral full of clergy being picked off and hidden in caves by Brown and his men in the mistaken belief that one of them has the Box, and all just before the Christmas service, too. The story comes to a rousing finale when Stephens plans 'one last great wickedness' to claim the box for himself. Loved the physicality - extraordinary to see only 7 actors lining up at the end. Written in beautiful and poetic language it evokes a magic rarely found. Things they could have easily fixed with some proper editing.
In 1894, Masefield boarded the Gilcruix, destined for Chile. They develop an instant rapport, which leads Cole to confide that he is being chased by a magician called Abner Brown Robert Stephens and his gang, which includes Kay's former governess. I would also dare to say that it has some elements that may have influenced the Harry Potter stories as well such as the young hero, railway stations, snow-filled villages, hot drinks, and magic. The pace of the novel is strange, and begins to jar; not a lot happens at first, and indeed the opening chapters are rather dull, but it begins to get very, very odd soon afterwards with no warning. Kay, the protagonist, obtains the Box of Delights, which is given to him by an eccentric man who travels the countryside with a Punch and Judy show.
Masefield the full benefit of the doubt, I purchased the nicely bound New York Review edition, hoping for more illumination. An innovative mixture of live action and animation, the production made extensive use of the and effects. She's kidnapped, by the way, and they all just sort of go, well, what a pity she didn't have her pistols with her, but I'm sure she'll be fine. The central character is Kay Harker who, on returning from boarding school, finds himself mixed up in a battle to possess a magical box, which allows the owner to go small shrink and go swift fly , experience magical wonders contained within the box and go into the past. Seven or eight of them were video machines, which were downstairs.
A mysterious and wondrous Box of Delights, with dark powers. I thought it well-thought out on the authour's part. So now I've got that to think about. Mainly because it somehow managed to be the image of snowy Edwardian chocolate-box perfection, and pretty bloody creepy at the same time. Once I started reading it took some getting used to. Sometimes so It seems that many other reviewers had not read 'The Midnight Folk' first, yet jumped into this, its sequel.
Kay Harker is coming home to the family estate, Seekings, in the country for the Christmas holidays. Also, The way the police and grown ups behave in response to the children going missing is totally unbelievable and though you might get away with it once - afterall grownups in kids books are always a little clueless - The fact everyone reacts this way as multiple characters are kidnapped in suspicious circumstances starts to stretch my credulity to the limit. I suspect that it gets better and more beloved after a rereading, both for it's quirks and because one knows what to expect and can appreciate the details. From the concept of fortuitious encounters, to the hope of having adventures over Christmas - to the simple children's games like Robber's Tea and etc. That phrase was the best part of this book for me. I read it many years ago and had recently picked up an ex library copy. What is wrong with you?!? Alas, when it was first read to me as a child in an Aussie school, I just didn't get it.
We love this book and would rate it one of the best childrens books of all time. Obviously a publisher these days would also point out that the ending should be changed! Two of the children are even named Peter and Susan. There don't seem to be any direct references in the second book to the events of the first, but I do wonder if Kays's matter-of-factness in the face of supernatural happenings might have made more sense if I'd read the books in order. The transitions within the chapters are often blurred, making it harder to grasp what is going on where and when. In closing, I will refrain from judging The Box Of Delights too harshly.
I reached around the same point in the ebook as I did last time before giving up on it. They seemed confused, and seem to think that it is because they are reading a sequel. It is clear that this early foray into children's fantasy has influenced a huge number of later children's writers, notably Susan Cooper, Alan Garner, C. The adult me, however, had a hard time making sense of it all. . Cole who turns out to be the medieval philosopher and alleged magician entrusts the box to Kay.
No performances on Sundays, on Christmas Day or News Year's Day and there will be no evening performance on Boxing Day. Cole is a Celtic sorcerer of some sort, and the keeper of a magical object called The Box of Delights. This certainly has the same absurd, surreal, magical dream-logic of The Midnight Folk, an acceptance of the strange and the impossible and the hugely unlikely at face value with little in the way of astonishment or disbelief. He sure goes to a lot of trouble to get it, but why? The Journal of the John Masefield Society. The villains approach the children with ropes and guns in their belts, the children know the villains are after them, use the magic box to shrink and then have a delightful adventure with a court of fairies. I feel the first seven chapters are excellent, after this there are some bits that feel a slog and there are some discussions between Abner and his staff that go on to the extent that now we have read it so many times I leave some bits out.
It is a magical book, pure joy. Alas, when it was first read to m The Wolves are Running! What frustrated me whil Whew! There is magic, talking animals, scary below ground scenes and chases. Great to see others that share my love of, The box of delights. His characters are surprisingly unemotional, which I found amusing. If anything this is a bit more grounded than Folk with an unfolding plot and an evil scheme, as the villainous Abner Brown chases the Box of Delights which allows people to move around in time. At the train station on his way home from school for the Christmas holiday, Kay Harker, the main character of The Box of Delights, encounters a mysterious Punch and Judy man named Cole Hawlings. We have just returned from a short break in Worcester and I used your excellent website to arrange a surprise tour of the locations nearby, which included a ride on the steam train from Bewdley to Arley.
At first I thought she was his sister, but she's more like a nanny, I guess. It was a very fantastic tale set in modern day 1930s England. It was all a dream. I finally got round to reading the book in the run up to Christmas to try and capture the same feel but it didn't reach quite the same heights. They could, I suppose, hold the book in one hand and Google furiously with the other, but that is tedious. He does not appear to be nobility, particularly smart, or particularly good looking.