IMMORTALISING THE WORDS, “THE WOLVES ARE RUNNING”, FOR A GENERATION OF 80’S KIDS.
The Box Of Delights may still contain magic for children, but it has faded away for adult readers.
The Box Of Delights
Genre: Children’s, Fantasy
Format: Paperback, 400 Pages
Date: 10st March 2014 (First Published 1935)
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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.