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9 minutes ago, Roger Mexico said:

Edith Nesbit "was a follower of the Marxist socialist William Morris", Arthur Ransome married Trotsky's secretary who "was involved in smuggling diamonds from the USSR to Paris to help fund the Comintern".   Marxists everywhere you look.

Ransome was quite a character wasn't he. Didn't know that about Nesbit, but then again most of the literary class at that time dabbled with socialism. However...it wasn't the Baltic Fleet dicking around in the Lake District or Lenin arriving on a sealed train at the end of the Railway Children. 

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Typical DM bullshit.  It even points out in the article that Blyton was criticised by her contemporaries for some of her views and that at least one her books has been out of publication for years with several others being edited to remove terms that have been found inappropriate over the years.  This is just another attempt to stoke the "culture wars" and get a few old farts angry.

I tried reading some of the Famous Five books when I was younger and found them dull and boring.  I found other authors whose writing was much more enjoyable and much more imaginative that got me into reading for pleasure.  

 

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33 minutes ago, manxman1980 said:

Typical DM bullshit.  It even points out in the article that Blyton was criticised by her contemporaries for some of her views and that at least one her books has been out of publication for years with several others being edited to remove terms that have been found inappropriate over the years.  This is just another attempt to stoke the "culture wars" and get a few old farts angry.

I tried reading some of the Famous Five books when I was younger and found them dull and boring.  I found other authors whose writing was much more enjoyable and much more imaginative that got me into reading for pleasure.  

 

Exactly so.

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3 minutes ago, Max Power said:

I always thought they were far too posh for me, a bit like the Railway Children etc. Hard to relate to these people when your dad drives a truck and you live in the Chester Street and Well Road Hill area! 

Marxist!

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I started reading The Secret Garden to one of my brood but I had to stop, it was of it's time, I remember I loved the story when my mum read it to me but when I was reading it it was very dated and there were words that have no place today. I don't think these books should be banned so much as put on a shelf, they have their place in history but they're not relevant today.

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3 hours ago, Uhtred said:

I read quite a few Blyton books as a child and they’ve certainly not corrupted my views of society or social/ethnic groups nor, as far as I can tell, on any of my English Defence League colleagues.

Me too. I’ve spent my entire life since those days waiting for someone to arrive in my garden with a jug full of lashings of ginger beer. 

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51 minutes ago, 2bees said:

I started reading The Secret Garden to one of my brood but I had to stop, it was of it's time, I remember I loved the story when my mum read it to me but when I was reading it it was very dated and there were words that have no place today. I don't think these books should be banned so much as put on a shelf, they have their place in history but they're not relevant today.

What words in particular?

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