Quotable: The Box Of Delights, “Christmas Ought To Be…”


THE QUOTABLE QUOTE OF THE DAY

From John Masefield’s classic children’s novel, a memorable quote from the book’s unsung star character.

 

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“Christmas ought to be brought up to date,” Maria said. “It ought to have gangsters, and aeroplanes and a lot of automatic pistols.”

John Masefield
The Box Of Delights

 
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Review: The Box Of Delights By John Masefield


THE WOLVES ARE RUNNING

A SCHIZOPHRENIC TALE RETAINS ITS MAGIC FOR CHILDREN BUT NOT FOR THOSE WHO HAVE REACHED ADULTHOOD

 

Book CoverThe Box Of Delights

John Masefield
 

Genre: Children’s, Fantasy
Publisher: Egmont
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
Date: 10st March 2014 (First Published 1935)

ISBN-10: 1405275529
ISBN-13: 978-1405275521

 
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Have you ever returned to a book that you loved during your childhood, only to discover that it doesn’t hold up to scrutiny, when read in adulthood? Well, that pretty much sums up my experience with John Masefield’s children’s classic, The Box Of Delights. As a child it was one of my favourite books; one which, along with The Chronicles Of Narnia, proved to be very influential in nurturing my early love of fantasy literature. Yet its numerous flaws, that escaped my notice as an eight year old, are glaringly obvious to me now, as an adult.

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