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16 December 2008 @ 08:38 am
The Hoard Potato hears the Piper at the Gates of Dawn.  
As Salon reminded me this morning, 2008 marks the 100th Anniversary of The Wind in the Willows. This is not merely a classic of children's literature; it is, quite possibly, the furriest book of all time.

Read it online, or pick up a copy for the holidays -- it's public domain, so you can find any number of inexpensive editions.

I first read it at the age of 38, and found that, despite being undeniably a book about Youth, it also has much to say to Adulthood and Middle Age.
 
 
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Stalbonstalbon on December 16th, 2008 04:46 pm (UTC)
As much as I would consider it one of the classics, I somewhat relate more to Jacques' Redwall series, or even more so, to Watership Down, one of my all-time favorites. Buuuut, that's just me. And frankly, Jacques just keeps repeating himself with each progressive novel in that series.
Arcaton: jackassr_caton on December 16th, 2008 05:11 pm (UTC)
The comments on the nature of the deity in the chapter "Piper at the gates of Dawn" are very apt.
Forget...forget....
Your Obedient Serpent: facepalmathelind on December 16th, 2008 05:14 pm (UTC)
...I can never remember what happens in that chapter.

badum-ching.
Arcaton: jackassr_caton on December 17th, 2008 12:11 am (UTC)
It all pans out OK....
Odieodiedragon on December 16th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
We bought a comic book adaptation of Wind in the Willows for R for Christmas. She's at least two years behind in her reading level, but she really gravitates to comic books. So we bought her a bunch of graphic novels for Christmas (including the very-furry Mouse Guard)
ebony14 on December 16th, 2008 06:49 pm (UTC)
One of my favorite novels. I need to dig it out of the closet and read it again.